Data for all product types can be imported into the store. In addition, you can import products, advanced pricing data, customer data, customer address data, and product images. Import supports the following operations:
If an attribute that is specified in the import file exists and its value is derived from a defined set of values, the following applies:
|Add/Update||New product data is added to the existing product data for the existing entries in the database. All fields except
New tax classes that are specified in the import data are created automatically.
New product categories that are specified in the import file are created automatically.
New SKUs that are specified in the import file are created automatically
Note: For products, you can update all fields except SKU through import.
Important: Multiple field values, such as websites or categories, cannot be removed using the Add/Update import behavior. These fields remain in the database after the import if they are not listed in the CSV file.
|Replace||The existing product data is replaced with new data.
Important: Exercise caution when replacing data because the existing product data is cleared and all references in the system are lost.
If a SKU in the import data matches the SKU of an existing entity, all fields, including the SKU, are deleted and a new record is created using the CSV data. An error occurs if the CSV file references a SKU that does not exist in the database. You can Check Data to display error.
|Delete||Any entities in the import data that exist in the database are deleted from the database.
Delete ignores all columns in the import data, except for SKU. You can disregard all other attributes in the data.
An error occurs if the CSV file references a SKU that does not exist in the database. You can Check Data to display error.
The size of the import file is determined by the settings in the
php.ini file on the server. The system message on the Import page indicates the current size limit. The default size is 2 MB.
Special characters (such as the equal sign, greater and less than symbols, single and double quotes, backslash, pipe, and ampersand symbols) can cause problems during data transfer. To ensure that such special characters are correctly interpreted, they can be marked as an escape sequence. For example, if the data includes a string of text such as
code="str2", choosing to enclose the text in double quotes ensures that the original double quotes are understood to be part of the data. When the system encounters a double set of double quotes, it understands that the outer set of double quotes is enclosing the actual data.
When importing product data, new product data is added to existing product data entries in the database. All fields except SKU can be updated through import. All existing product data is replaced with the imported new data. Exercise caution when replacing data. All existing product data is cleared and all references in the system is lost.
On the Admin sidebar, go to System > Data Transfer > Import.
Under Import Settings, set Entity Type to one of the following:
Customers and Addresses
Customers Main File
Click Download Sample File.
Locate the export file at the downloads location for your web browser and open the file.
The sample file includes column headings with placeholder data for the product types.
Examine the structure of the sample file and use it to prepare your CSV import file, making sure that the column headings are spelled correctly.
Verify that the size of your import file does not exceed the limit shown in the message.
If the import data includes paths to product images, make sure that the image files have been uploaded to the appropriate location.
The default location on the Commerce server is:
If the images reside on an external server, make sure that you have the full URL to the directory that contains the images.
Set Import Behavior to one of the following:
Add/Update(For products, you can update all fields except SKU through import.)
To determine what happens when an error is encountered when importing data, choose one of the following:
Stop on Error
Skip error entries
For Allowed Errors Count, enter the number of errors that can occur before the import is canceled.
The default value is 10.
Accept the default value of a comma (
,) for Field separator.
Accept the default value of a comma (
,) for Multiple value separator.
In a CSV file, a comma is the default separator. To use a different character, make sure that the data in the CSV file matches the character that you specify.
If you want to enclose any special characters that might be found in the data as an escape sequence, select the Fields Enclosure checkbox.
Click Choose File to select the file to import.
Find the CSV file that you prepared to import and click Open.
For Images File Directory, enter the relative path to the location on the Commerce server where uploaded images are stored.
Starting with the Adobe Commerce and Magento Open Source
2.3.2 release, the path specified in Images File Directory concatenates for import to the images base directory:
<Magento-root-folder>/var/import/images. For example, place the
product_images files in the
<Magento-root-directory>/var/import/images/product_images folder. The import images base directory can be configured in the
\Magento\ImportExport\etc\config.xml file. If the Remote storage module is enabled, import files to the
To learn more about importing product images, see Importing Product Images.
In the upper-right corner, click Check Data.
Wait a few moments for the validation process to complete.
If the import data is valid, the following message appears:
If the file is valid, click Import.
Otherwise, correct each problem with the data that is listed in the message, and try to import the file again.
The import process continues to the end of the data, unless an error is encountered.
If an error message appears in the Validation Results, correct the problem in the data and import the file again.
A message appears when the import is complete.
Commerce maintains a record of data that has been imported into your store, including the start date and time, user, execution time, and a link to the imported file. The Execution Time is the duration of the import process.
To view the import history:
On the Admin sidebar, go to System > Data Transfer > Import History.
By default, import history files are in the
<Magento-root-directory>/var/import_history folder. If the Remote storage module is enabled, import history files are in the
|ID||An internal number used to designate a transfer.|
|Start Date & Time||A specific date and time when the transfer took place.|
|User||The customer who made the transfer.|
|Imported file||Link for downloading the imported file.|
|Error file||The corresponding error file.|
|Execution Time||Time interval of the import process.|
|Summary||The number of items created, updated, and deleted, or the error message.|
To download the Imported/Error file, click Download.