**Updated on November 8th, 2022 to include importing P6 XER files**
Oracle Primavera Cloud (OPC) is a scalable, low cost, entry solution for companies moving their project portfolios and project scheduling to the cloud. One big difference between Oracle Primavera Cloud and Primavera P6 is that project files in OPC are in XML format and P6 project files are XER.
To help clients move to the cloud, Oracle Primavera Cloud allows you to import already created schedules, resources, codes, and other project data from a Primavera P6 XML or XER file..
This article shows how to export Primavera P6 files into XML or XER files and how to import those files into Oracle Primavera Cloud. Once imported, the project can continue to be worked on within OPC with all of the additional capabilities that the platform offers.
Exporting a Primavera P6 Project as an XML or XER File
To import a Primavera P6 Professional project into OPC, you will first need to export that project as an XML or XER file in P6.
To start with, have a project open in Primavera P6 Professional and select File > Export. Work through the Export dialogue box, selecting either Primavera P6 (XML) or Primavera P6 (XER) as the Export Format and choosing a desired location to save the file.
The file will download into a zipped file. Before continuing, you will need to make sure you extract the files so they are accessible. This can be done by opening the zipped file on your hard drive and selecting Extract All.
Importing XML and XER Files into Oracle Primavera Cloud
With the XML or XER file exported and extracted, it can now be imported into Oracle Primavera Cloud.
Once logged in to OPC, use the Object Selector to select Projects > View All Projects. Select the desired Workspace to place the project into from the Workspace list on the left.
Using the Action dropdown, select Import from P6. From this same menu, you can also import projects and data from Microsoft Project and Excel. Select the ellipses under Select File to find the XML or XER file from your harddrive, then select Next.
On the Configuration page, choose which objects to include in the import. To include everything in the import, you can leave these settings as they are and select Finish.
A dialogue box will appear, letting you know that you’ll receive a notification when the import is complete.
With the project imported, it will now be listed in the Projects list. The Project’s schedule can be accessed by selecting Schedule > Activities. All of the project data will have successfully been uploaded into Oracle Primavera Cloud.
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Lauren Hecker is the Primavera P6 Professional and Oracle Primavera Cloud instructor for Taradigm. To see her next open enrollment course, please visit our calendar. To schedule an onsite or custom course, please contact us!