October 15, 2019

How To Import Product CSV’s || Shopify Help Center 2019


When you import a product CSV into Shopify,
your product list in Shopify updates to match the CSV file. You can import CSVs into Shopify from outside
sources like another Shopify store, a different ecommerce platform, or a supplier. You can also export a CSV from your Shopify
store, make changes, and then import it back into your store to update your products. Subscribe now for the latest videos about
using CSVs to manage data in your Shopify store. Here are some tips for working with product
CSVs that you want to import into your Shopify store: Save two copies of your CSV when updating
products. You can edit one copy and keep the other as
a backup product list. If you import a CSV file with errors into
Shopify, it can overwrite your original products and they can’t be recovered. It’s important to note that, when you save
a CSV, it doesn’t make a copy of your product images. If you want to backup your images, then you
have to save them separately. See the Backups and duplication link below
to learn more. Make sure your CSV matches Shopify’s CSV
file format for products. If you have a CSV file from another source,
like an inventory list, then you need to rebuild it in Shopify’s format. Otherwise, the import will fail. Click the link in the description for a template
and format details. If you’re using a CSV to move products from
another store, then you need to upload your product CSV to your new store while your old
store and products are still available on a publicly accessible website. Otherwise, links to your variants and product
images won’t be imported. Lastly, you can’t use a CSV file to import
products when you have a dropshipping app like Oberlo. Using a CSV file on dropshipping products
causes errors such as broken product links, prices not updating, inventory out of sync,
and orders not sent to the Oberlo app. To import a CSV file, start from your Shopify
admin. Go to Products. Click Import. Next, click Choose File. In your file directory, locate your CSV file,
and then click Open. Click the checkbox if you want to update data
for matching products with data from your CSV. In your CSV file, each product has a product
handle and a product title. The product handle is what a customer sees
in the URL when they go to the product online. A product title is the actual title of the
product. A product title can match the product handle
or it can be totally different. If you select this checkbox, and your CSV
file has a product handle that matches a product already in your Shopify store, then the CSV
data that you import overrides data for the same product. Next, click Upload file. Shopify shows a preview of your first product. Check that the information is correct. If it’s not correct, then cancel the upload
and edit the file so it previews correctly. See the link in the description for help with
common import problems. If the preview is correct, then click Start
import. The import might take a few moments depending
on the size of the file. When your CSV file is uploaded, you receive
a confirmation email from Shopify. Subscribe to the channel for upcoming videos
about using CSV files for orders, inventory, and more. If you still have questions, then comment
below or contact the Shopify support team directly.

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