SSIS Trick: Adding Multiple Packages to a Project

A little SSIS trick today. Sometimes you start a new Integration Services project and you want to add some existing packages to this project. So you can right-click the SSIS Packages node and choose Add Existing Package.


In the dialog, you choose the File System.


All you now have to do is choose the package path by clicking on the ellipsis.


You select the package you want to import and you’re done. But the problem is, you can select only one single object? What if you want to import 20 packages to your project? Kind of annoying to repeat the same process 20 times, isn’t it?

Luckily there’s an easier way. Instead of going for the obvious Add Existing Package, right-click on the project itself. In the context-menu, choose Add, ignore Existing Package and click on Existing Item.


In the dialog, you can now choose any type of object. But what’s more important, you can choose multiple objects at the same time.


The project knows what kind of objects you have added and will place them in the correct node.


Success! Quite a nice time-saver.

Koen Verbeeck

Koen Verbeeck is a Microsoft Business Intelligence consultant at AE, helping clients to get insight in their data. Koen has a comprehensive knowledge of the SQL Server BI stack, with a particular love for Integration Services. He's also a speaker at various conferences.

5 thoughts to “SSIS Trick: Adding Multiple Packages to a Project”

  1. Or you just use CTRL-C on multiple files from Explorer and paste it in SSDT 🙂 Works on *.dtsx. Haven’t tried it on different file types.

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