Records Managers

Packaging Tool Download Tutorial

The Packaging Tool allows an agency to create an electronic records transfer shipment.The Packaging Tool is available online from the ERA portal or from this page.

Download the ERA Packaging Tool Zip File as a .zip file. (Version 3.0)

(You may want to print these instructions.)

Download Instructions:

When you click the download link, you will be asked if you want to open this file or save it to your computer. Select Save. Select your desktop or location of your choice, and then select Save. After the download is complete, close the dialog box.

Locate the file you saved and double-click it. In the dialog box that opens, left-click the Extract button. Select the location where you want to save the file, and then left-click the Extract button. This will create a file folder with all the files you need to view the material.

Close the WinZip dialog box.

Double-click the newly created file folder to view its contents. In the list of files, "PkgToolClient.bat" icon which is actually an executable jar file. This will launch the Packaging Tool.

In the "resources" folder, you will also find an icon entitled "PackagingToolHelp.html" which provides directions for using the tool.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ERA Help Desk by phone at 1-877-372-9594, or by E-mail at

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