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In this blog post I will demonstrate using SQL Server Integration Services‘s Execute Process Task to compress a csv file into a zip format using 7-Zip.


Recently I have been involved in a project whereby I have been required to extract data into CSV files, compress the files into a zip format and email the newly compressed files. This blog post is the first of several posts to come whereby I will be demonstrating how to fulfill such a requirement.
Let’s begin by launching Microsoft Visual Studio and creating a new Integration Services Project which is located under Business Intelligence Projects category. (If you are using SQL Server 2012 or later, you will have to launch SQL Server Data Tools – SSDT).
After you have assigned a project name, proceed to click and drag the Execute Process Task (EPT) into the Control Flow pane from the toolbox (SSIS Toolbox in SSDT).
Right-click EPT and click on “Edit”
Under the General Tab, you can assign relevant Names & Descriptions. In this case, I have decided to name the task “EPT – Compress File” whilst the Description remains unchanged.
In the Process Tab, the EPT properties must be set as follows:

  • RequiredFullFileName : True
  • Executable : C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7zG.exe
  • Arguments: a “SIFISO_Test.zip” “SIFISO_Test.csv”
  • WorkingDirectory: C:\Test\Excel\20120930\
  • FailTaskIfReturnCodeIsNotSuccessValue : True
  • SuccessValue : 0
  • Timeout : 0
  • WindowStyle : Hidden

Basically what we have done above is, among other things, set the Executable property to the .exe location of the compression software we are using; set the Arguments such that file “SIFISO_Test.csv” is compressed into “SIFISO_Test.zip”; specified the working directory where the CSV file will be located and zip file created; hid the exe window that appears when the file is being compressed.
It’s that simple.
Till next time folks, cheers.



October 13, 2022
Sifiso is Data Architect and Technical Lead at SELECT SIFISO – a technology consulting firm focusing on cloud migrations, data ingestion, DevOps, reporting and analytics. Sifiso has over 15 years of across private and public business sectors, helping businesses implement Microsoft, AWS and open-source technology solutions. He is the member of the Johannesburg SQL User Group and also hold a Master’s Degree in MCom IT Management from the University of Johannesburg.

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