Package Handler

At the Swiss Federal Archives (SFA), digital documents are archived as information packages. With the Package Handler, the tool developed by the SFA, these digital packages can be viewed, created, edited and validated. The Package Handler can be ordered at the Swiss Federal Archives.

Submitting digital documents

The submitting offices can create Submission Information Packages (SIP) according to current requirements, as well as edit and view them. Data originating from the following systems without an implemented interface ( i.e. not GEVER-Systems) can be processed by means of the Package Handler:

  • Specific applications
  • File repositories
  • Databases

Viewing digital documents

Digital documents, which are delivered as standardized Dissemination Information Packages (DIP), can be viewed with the Package Handler. The Package Handler shows digital dossiers and the documents in their context including the according metadata.

The Package Handler Software

Package Handler 2021 has now been released. In this new release, we have exchanged Oracle Java Runtime with Amazon Corretto Java Runtime Environment 8. There have been no changes to the Package Handler software.

Picture Package Handler, Release 2013

A system overview of the tool with instructions for installation can be found in the user documentation on the right-hand side.
The Swiss Federal Archives distribute the Package Handler free of charge, according to the license agreement (PDF, 402 kB, 09.03.2022). The terms of a license are published on the bottom side.

You can use the following form to order the Package Handler. 

Ordering form

Further information


Swiss Federal Archives

Archivstrasse 24
3003 Bern

+41 58 462 89 89


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