Run an SSIS package with C# code in a .NET app

Applies to: SQL Server SSIS Integration Runtime in Azure Data Factory

This quickstart demonstrates how to write C# code to connect to a database server and run an SSIS package.

You can use Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, or another tool of your choice to create a C# app.


Before you start, make sure you have Visual Studio or Visual Studio Code installed. Download the free Community edition of Visual Studio, or the free Visual Studio Code, from Visual Studio Downloads.

An Azure SQL Database server listens on port 1433. If you're trying to connect to an Azure SQL Database server from within a corporate firewall, this port must be open in the corporate firewall for you to connect successfully.

For Azure SQL Database, get the connection info

To run the package on Azure SQL Database, get the connection information you need to connect to the SSIS Catalog database (SSISDB). You need the fully qualified server name and login information in the procedures that follow.

  1. Log in to the Azure portal.
  2. Select SQL Databases from the left-hand menu, and then select the SSISDB database on the SQL databases page.
  3. On the Overview page for your database, review the fully qualified server name. To see the Click to copy option, hover over the server name.
  4. If you forget your Azure SQL Database server login information, navigate to the SQL Database server page to view the server admin name. You can reset the password if necessary.
  5. Click Show database connection strings.
  6. Review the complete ADO.NET connection string. Optionally, your code can use a SqlConnectionStringBuilder to recreate this connection string with the individual parameter values that you provide.

Create a new Visual Studio project

  1. In Visual Studio, choose File, New, Project.
  2. In the New Project dialog, and expand Visual C#.
  3. Select Console App and enter run_ssis_project for the project name.
  4. Click OK to create and open the new project in Visual Studio.

Add references

  1. In Solution Explorer, right-click the References folder and select Add Reference. The Reference Manager dialog box opens.
  2. In the Reference Manager dialog box, expand Assemblies and select Extensions.
  3. Select the following two references to add:
    • Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Sdk.Sfc
    • Microsoft.SqlServer.Smo
  4. Click the Browse button to add a reference to Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.IntegrationServices. (This assembly is installed only in the global assembly cache (GAC).) The Select the files to reference dialog box opens.
  5. In the Select the files to reference dialog box, navigate to the GAC folder that contains the assembly. Typically this folder is C:\Windows\assembly\GAC_MSIL\Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.IntegrationServices\
  6. Select the assembly (that is, the .dll file) in the folder and click Add.
  7. Click OK to close the Reference Manager dialog box and add the three references. To make sure the references are there, check the References list in Solution Explorer.

Add the C# code

  1. Open Program.cs.

  2. Replace the contents of Program.cs with the following code. Add the appropriate values for your server, database, user, and password.


The following example uses Windows Authentication. To use SQL Server authentication, replace the Integrated Security=SSPI; argument with User ID=<user name>;Password=<password>;. If you're connecting to an Azure SQL Database server, you can't use Windows authentication.

using Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.IntegrationServices;
using System.Data.SqlClient;

namespace run_ssis_package
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            // Variables
            string targetServerName = "localhost";
            string folderName = "Project1Folder";
            string projectName = "Integration Services Project1";
            string packageName = "Package.dtsx";

            // Create a connection to the server
            string sqlConnectionString = "Data Source=" + targetServerName +
                ";Initial Catalog=master;Integrated Security=SSPI;";
            SqlConnection sqlConnection = new SqlConnection(sqlConnectionString);

            // Create the Integration Services object
            IntegrationServices integrationServices = new IntegrationServices(sqlConnection);

            // Get the Integration Services catalog
            Catalog catalog = integrationServices.Catalogs["SSISDB"];

            // Get the folder
            CatalogFolder folder = catalog.Folders[folderName];

            // Get the project
            ProjectInfo project = folder.Projects[projectName];

            // Get the package
            PackageInfo package = project.Packages[packageName];

            // Run the package
            package.Execute(false, null);


Run the code

  1. To run the application, press F5.
  2. Verify that the package ran as expected and then close the application window.

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