How to use Import column and Export column in SSIS 2008,2012


in this demo we will learn what are Import Column and Export Column Transformations in SSIS

Import Column :

MSDN says:

The Import Column transformation reads data from files and adds the data to columns in a data flow. Using this transformation, a package can add text and images stored in separate files to a data flow

The data type of the output column must be DT_TEXT, DT_NTEXT, or DT_IMAGE.

So Import Column transformation reads a file from the file system any file (.jpeg,.doc,.pdf….) converts to into text stream and adds to the data flow a column ,

Export Column Transformation:

Export column does in exactly reverse to the Import column transformation

he Export Column transformation reads data in a data flow and inserts the data into a file. For example, if the data flow contains product information, such as a picture of each product, you could use the Export Column transformation to save the images to files.

You can configure the Export Column transformation in the following ways:

  • Specify the data columns and the columns that contain the path of files to which to write the data.
  • Specify whether the data-insertion operation appends or truncates existing files.
  • Specify whether a byte-order mark (BOM) is written to the file.Lets Understand both transformations in detail using a simple example



    /****** Object: Table [dbo].[file] Script Date: 1/25/2012 7:04:55 PM ******/







    CREATE TABLE [dbo].[file](

    [id] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL,

    [location] [varchar](100) NOT NULL,

    [textfile] [varchar](max) NULL





    So first we will use a FOR EACH LOOP CONTAINER with FILE ENUMERATOR to loop all the files in the source and insert the file locations in the DBO.FILE table

    so lets execute package so far see the results

    result of the import column

    Now lets  export  text file column to a file location using export column transformation

    drag and drop a data flow task and add a oledb source same as import column with table as file

    so now we configured the export column transformation lets run

    before running the destination look like this

    Above post is explained by me in this video


3 thoughts on “How to use Import column and Export column in SSIS 2008,2012

  1. Rasika says:

    I followed the step as mentioned here but I am getting error on Execute SQL task as

    “[Execute SQL Task] Error: Executing the query “declare @location varchar(100) = ? ;

    if not exist…” failed with the following error: “Syntax error, permission violation, or other nonspecific error”. Possible failure reasons: Problems with the query, “ResultSet” property not set correctly, parameters not set correctly, or connection not established correctly.

    Please help mi to find out the solution. Please.

  2. amit says:

    use this query–

    declare @location varchar(100)=?
    if not exists(select 1 from [dbo].[file] where location =@location)
    insert into [dbo].[file] (location) values(@location)

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