Importing RAS assets from directories

This procedure shows how to import RAS assets from directories or assets that were originally saved to a repository, but are not stored there.

Before you begin

If you do not want to add the imported files to existing projects, create a new project in your workspace before an import if you do not want to modify your existing projects.

About this task

To import a RAS asset from a directory:


  1. Click File > Import to open the Import wizard.
  2. Click RAS Asset and click Next to open the Import RAS Asset wizard.
  3. Under Source, click File system location, and then click the Browse button to open the Open window. Select the directory and file name and where the asset to import is stored, and then click Open. If the selected asset is a deployable plug-in or feature, an Information window displays the name and the location in which it will be installed.
  4. Select the Save the asset manifest(s) check box if you want to save the manifest file from your asset. You need to do this only if you plan to reuse the same manifest file.
  5. If you are importing a previously imported asset and you want to overwrite all existing files automatically, select the Overwrite without prompting check box. If you do not select this option you will be prompted if files are to be overwritten. This overwrite option applies only to files and folders, not projects.
  6. Click Next. The Next button is available if the asset contains a project or deployable plug-in project.
  7. If the asset you are importing contains a license agreement, the Accept License window opens. The feature being licensed is displayed on the left side of the window. Complete one of the following steps:
    • To accept the license agreement, select I accept the terms in the license agreement(s) check box and click Next.
    • If you do not accept the license agreement, cancel the import operation by clicking the Cancel button.
  8. If the asset contains nonproject artifacts, the Select the destination page opens. Complete one of the following steps:
    • To import an asset that contains nonproject artifacts, specify a project folder. If no project is available, click Cancel and create a simple project before restarting the import.
    • To import assets that are entirely contained in projects with no external artifacts, click Browse and specify a destination to import the project into.
  9. Click Finish. If you chose to save the manifest file, the Folder Selection window opens.
  10. Select a folder for the manifest file, and then click OK. The import results are displayed and the imported artifacts are now visible in the Navigator view.


If errors or warnings are encountered during the import operation, the Import Results window displays detailed results.

What to do next

If the imported asset contained at least one deployable feature, a warning will be displayed asking you to restart the workbench. This is necessary to complete the installation of the newly imported feature.