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SSIS Toolbox is not visible in SQL Server Data Tools

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The SSIS Toolbox is very important in SQL Server Integration Services to allow you to add components to the SSIS package. If you close the SSIS Toolbox sometimes making it display again doesn't work. In this tip we look at what is happening and how to resolve this issue.


Previous to SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT), we used the Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS) to develop SSIS packages. In BIDS when we click on the Toolbox icon it opens the SSIS Toolbox window, but now in SQL Server Data Tools it opens the user control toolbox. In this tip I will describe how to get the SSIS Toolbox window back. To demonstrate the solution I will use SQL Server Integration Services 2012.

This tip assumes that you have previous real world work experience building a simple SSIS Package.

Step 1:

Let's start SQL Server Data Tools and create a new SSIS Package. By default the SSIS Toolbox window is on the left side, you can refer to the below image.

SSIS Toolbox Visible By Default

Step 2:

Let's close the SSIS Toolbox window by clicking on the close (x) button. After closing the SSIS Toolbox window, the environment looks like the below image.

SSIS Toolbox Closed By Mistake

Step 3:

Now we want to open the SSIS Toolbox window again. To do this you would normally go to VIEW in the menu bar and then click on Toolbox as shown below.

SSIS Toolbox Does not come from View Toolbox

When you click on Toolbox from the menu, it opens a new Toolbox window, but it is not what we need. You can refer to the below image.

SSIS Toolbox Not Visible From View Toolbox

Step 4:

The following are two methods to show the SSIS Toolbox.


In package design window, next to "Package Explorer" you will find two small icons. The second icon as shown below will open the SSIS Toolbox window. You can confirm this with a mouse over on the icon.

Trick To Make SSIS Toolbox Visible Method 1


You can also make it visible from VIEW -> Other Windows -> SSIS Toolbox, you can refer to the below image.

Make SSIS Toolbox Visible From View Menu Method 2

Step 5:

Once you followed either of the above methods, the SSIS Toolbox window will be displayed again as shown below.

SSIS Toolbox Visible Again
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Friday, January 26, 2018 - 2:43:00 PM - Ashish Back To Top

Hi Ghanesh,

I had the similar issue after a fresh install of SSDT 2012. Your first solution did the trick.

Thanks for posting it.



Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 5:52:24 AM - RK Back To Top

Good article, Thanks for the detailed description.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 9:05:10 AM - oosaf hyatoolla Back To Top


 Thanks.That helps a lot.


Monday, August 21, 2017 - 9:15:30 AM - Fehmi Back To Top


Thnx. This helped 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 12:46:29 PM - VickiO Back To Top

 I just recently installed Visual Studio 2015 and have been unable to find the SSIS Toolbox anywhere in the program.  I followed the instructions in your excellent article but neither method works for me because 1) the two buttons, including the SSIS Toolbox, that are supposed to be to the right of Package Explorer do not exist and 2) the menu View > Other Windows list does not list SSIS Toolbox as an option to choose.  Did I miss something in the program installation that is preventing me from seeing the SSIS Toolbox?  How do I get SSIS Toolbox installed/setup in Visual Studio 2015?  Any help would be greatly appreciated!!  Thanks!


Monday, July 31, 2017 - 1:39:01 PM - Mike Back To Top

 Thank you Ghanesh, very helpful! 


Thursday, May 04, 2017 - 2:00:23 PM - Deb Wolfe Back To Top

 Thanks Ghanesh.


Friday, February 03, 2017 - 1:49:38 AM - Ranjini Back To Top

 Thanks:)....both the methods worked for me...


Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 3:13:31 PM - Laura Back To Top



Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 12:01:18 PM - Peter Andrews Back To Top


Thank you! I was stopped cold in the middle of the SSIS tutorial until I found your post. By the way, method #2 does not work for me since SSIS Toolbox is not among 'Other Windows' (VS 2015 with SQL Data Tools)

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 8:29:33 PM - Rakesh K Pandey Back To Top

 Thanks Ghanesh!!!


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