Using WinSCP .NET Assembly from SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)



First, you need to install the WinSCP .NET assembly.

You also need to install the assembly to the GAC.1

Using from SSIS

You use WinSCP .NET assembly from SSIS as any other .NET assembly:

  • In Microsoft Visual Studio,2 in your “Integration Services Project”, choose your “SSIS Package” (e.g. the default Package.dtsx);
  • Drag Script task from Toolbox onto Control flow view of the package;
  • In the context menu of the task, choose Edit;
  • On the Script task editor on Script page, click Edit script button;
  • Visual Studio Tools for Applications is run to edit the script;
  • Use Project > Add Reference > Browse to add reference to winscpnet.dll;
  • Place your C# or VB.NET code into ScriptMain.Main method (see example below);
  • Close Visual Studio Tools for Applications and Script task editor with OK button.

Deploying WinSCP .NET Assembly

When deploying your SSIS package, WinSCP .NET assembly should be installed to GAC to be accessible.


Alternatively, you can subscribe AppDomain.AssemblyResolve event in a static constructor handler of the script task class to locate the assembly in an another location. For details, see article How to load an Assembly in a SSIS script task that isn’t in the GAC.

Example C# Script Task Code

using System;
using Microsoft.SqlServer.Dts.Runtime;
using Microsoft.SqlServer.Dts.Tasks.ScriptTask;
using System.AddIn;
using WinSCP;
namespace ST_5a30686e70c04c5a8a93729fd90b8c79.csproj
    [AddIn("ScriptMain", Version = "1.0", Publisher = "", Description = "")]
    public partial class ScriptMain : VSTARTScriptObjectModelBase
        public void Main()
            // Setup session options
            SessionOptions sessionOptions = new SessionOptions
                Protocol = Protocol.Sftp,
                // To setup these variables, go to SSIS > Variables.
                // To make them accessible from the script task, in the context menu of the
                // task, choose Edit. On the Script task editor on Script page,
                // select ReadOnlyVariables, and tick the below properties.
                HostName = (string) Dts.Variables["User::HostName"].Value,
                UserName = (string) Dts.Variables["User::UserName"].Value,
                Password = (string) Dts.Variables["User::Password"].Value,
                SshHostKeyFingerprint = (string) Dts.Variables["User::Fingerprint"].Value
                using (Session session = new Session())
                    // As WinSCP .NET assembly has to be stored in GAC to be used with SSIS,
                    // you need to set path to WinSCP.exe explicitly,
                    // if using non-default location.
                    session.ExecutablePath = @"C:\winscp\winscp.exe";
                    // Connect
                    // Upload files
                    TransferOptions transferOptions = new TransferOptions();
                    transferOptions.TransferMode = TransferMode.Binary;
                    TransferOperationResult transferResult = session.PutFiles(
                        @"d:\toupload\*", "/home/user/", false, transferOptions);
                    // Throw on any error
                    // Print results
                    bool fireAgain = false;
                    foreach (TransferEventArgs transfer in transferResult.Transfers)
                        Dts.Events.FireInformation(0, null, 
                            string.Format("Upload of {0} succeeded", transfer.FileName),
                            null, 0, ref fireAgain);
                Dts.TaskResult = (int)DTSExecResult.Success;
            catch (Exception e)
                Dts.Events.FireError(0, null,
                    string.Format("Error when using WinSCP to upload files: {0}", e),
                    null, 0);
                Dts.TaskResult = (int)DTSExecResult.Failure;


  1. SSIS can only use assemblies installed to GAC.Back
  2. This guide is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008. The steps may differ for other versions. Do not hesitate to update this document for other versions.Back

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