Data migration settings

The Settings mode migrates stores, websites, and system configuration like shipping, payment, and tax settings. According to our data migration order, you should migrate settings first.

Before you start, take the following steps to prepare:

  1. Log in to the application server as the file system owner.

  2. Change to the /bin directory or make sure it is added to your system PATH.

Ensure Magento 2 is deployed in default mode. Developer mode can cause validation errors in the migration tool.

See the first steps section for more details.

Run the settings migration command

To start migrating settings, run:

bin/magento migrate:settings [-r|--reset] [-a|--auto] {<path to config.xml>}


  • [-r|--reset] is an optional argument that starts migration from the beginning. You can use this argument for testing migration

  • [-a|--auto] is an optional argument that prevents migration from stopping when it encounters integrity check errors.

  • {<path to config.xml>} is the absolute file system path to the migration tool’s config.xml file; this argument is required.

This command does not migrate all configuration settings. Verify all settings in the Magento 2 Admin before proceeding.

The Migration completed message is displayed after the settings are transferred successfully.

Configure custom migration rules

You may ignore, rename, or change the system configurations when migrating settings. For this, specify your custom rules in the settings.xml file.

  1. Log in to the application server as, or switch to, the file system owner.

  2. Change to the following directory:

    code language-bash
    cd <your application 2 install dir>/vendor/magento/data-migration-tool/etc/<edition-to-edition>

    For example, if the application is installed in /var/www/html, the settings.xml.dist file is in one of the following directories:

    • /var/www/html/vendor/magento/data-migration-tool/etc/opensource-to-commerce

    • /var/www/html/vendor/magento/data-migration-tool/etc/commerce-to-commerce

    • /var/www/html/vendor/magento/data-migration-tool/etc/opensource-to-opensource

  3. To create a settings.xml file from the provided sample, run:

    code language-bash
    cp settings.xml.dist settings.xml
  4. Make your changes in settings.xml.

  5. To specify the new name of the settings file for mapping, change the <settings_map_file> tag in the path/to/config.xml file.

For more details, see the Settings migration mode section of the Tool’s specification.

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