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Tip: Connect to dBASE files in SSIS

This has come up several times in the course of the last TWO jobs, so I’ll put it here for my reference (and yours).

To use a dBASE file as a source in SSIS (and I know you want to), in your new connection manager:

  1. Select Native OLE DB\Microsoft Jet 4.0 OLE DB Provider .
  2. Under Database File Name, enter the path to the folder containing the DBF file(s). For example, \\Server01\DBA\DB01\, if the DBF files reside in the DB01 folder.
  3. Click the “All” button on the left and enter “dBASE III” (or “dBASE IV, or dBASE 5.0, as appropriate”, says Microsoft) in Extended Properties.
  4. Click OK.

Secret Ingredient: Extended Properties!

Create a new data flow source and use your OLE DB/Jet connection manager; your drop-down list of tables will display each DBF file in the folder. That is to say, each DBF file in the folder is considered a table. Easy!  You know, once you know the trick.

Microsoft reference: How to: Connect to a dBASE or Other DBF File

Happy days,

Jen McCown


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Posted by Dane S on 7 March 2011

Thank you for this post...I was going down a different path, and I think this will help me go down a much smoother road.

I am not a huge fan of SSIS, but I need to embrace it more.

Thanks again,


Posted by Jen McCown on 7 March 2011

Glad to help, Dane! If you'd like some more material on SSIS, I highly recommend Sean McCown's Ground Zero SSIS series (Part 1 is at http://bit.ly/hxgxTm).

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