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DJ-Catalog2 CSV Import guidelines

1. General information

  1. CSV file has to be UTF-8 (without BOM) encoded.
  2. Only CSV files with ',' (comma) or ';' (semicolon) separators and single or double-quoted (' or ") text limiters/enclosures are supported.
  3. CSV file must contain column headers, e. g. 'name', 'description'.
  4. Order of columns within CSV file is not important.
  5. All ID columns (e.g. product ID, category ID, group ID, etc.) should contain valid IDs (pointing to values that already exist in the database). Be carefull, as those values are not being validated.
  6. If you want to import images and/or attachments they has to be uploaded before, via FTP, repectively to:
    • /media/djcatalog2/import/images/
    • /media/djcatalog2/import/files/
  7. Depending on which type of data (product, category, producer) you want to import, you can choose default values for some columns (if they are not provided in CSV file). For example, if you do not provide cat_id value (or column, at all) for a product, then chosen 'Default Category' will be used instead.
  8. Some server settings may not allow you to import large amount of data and the import process may be stopped in the middle. If you exceed 'maximum execution time' or 'memory limit', try importing data in smaller portions - for example 50-100 products at a time.
  9. Please make a back-up of your website, before importing, especially if you use import function to update existing records in your database.

2. Product import

List of valid column names and their description:

Column nameRequiredNotice 
id No If provided, has to point to existing product. Product will be updated then with the provided data for CSV file.
If ID is empty (or 0), a new product will be created.
 
name Yes Should be unique within product's category, because based on product's name, an alias is being generated. Therefore there cannot be two products with the same alias.  
alias No ---  
group_id No ID of product's field group.  
parent_id No ID of product's parent (default: 0). 0 - means that product does not have parent  
cat_id No ID of product's category.  
producer_id No ID of product's producer.  
sku No SKU of a product  
description No Full description. Can contain HTML code.  
intro_desc No Short description. Can contain HTML code.  
price No Regular price. Should be a valid floating point number or an integer. Dot should be used as decimal point, e.g. 1099.95  
special_price No Discount price. Should be a valid floating point number or an integer. Dot should be used as decimal point, e.g. 1099.95  
tax_rule_id No ID of VAT rule assigned to a product (default: 0)  
stock No Decimal number (e.g 12.1234) representing current stock level  
on_stock No Integer [0,1,2], where 0 = no, 1 = yes, 2 = always  
available No Integer [0,1] - whether product can be added to cart  
unit_id No ID of measurement unit  
address No Name of the street or other address details (Location related field)  
city No City name (Location related field)  
postcode No Postcode / ZIP (Location related field)  
country No ID of the country  
state No ID of the state  
phone No Phone number (Location related field)  
mobile No Mobile phone number (Location related field)  
fax No Fax number (Location related field)  
website No URL of the website (Location related field)  
email No Contact e-mail address, needs to be empty or valid e-mail address (Location related field)  
latitude No Geographical latitude coordinate, decimal degrees (Location related field)  
longitude No Geographical longitude coordinate, decimal degrees (Location related field)  
metatitle No meta-title.  
metakey No meta-keywords.  
metadesc No meta-description.  
published No State [0/1]. 0 = un-published, 1 = published.  
featured No Featured product flag [0/1]. 0 = not featured, 1 = featured.  
ordering No Integer number indicating product's order within its category.  
created No Creation date in Date-Time format: [RRRR-MM-DD HH:MM:SS] or [RRRR-MM-DD].  
created_by No ID of the Joomla! user who should be the owner of the product.  
images No Comma-separated list of file names that should be located in /media/djcatalog2/import/images/ directory. For example: image1.jpg,image2.jpg,image3.jpg  
files No Comma-separated list of file names that should be located in /media/djcatalog2/import/files/ directory. For example: chart1.pdf,manual.pdf  

Please note that the list of valid columns depends on component version. Usually when there is a new attribute added into the component then by default it will also be accepted during import. You can examine the structure of #__djc2_items table in order to find out which columns are supported by the table.

Example 1

namedescriptionintro_descpricespecial_pricefeaturedimagesfiles
Crystal vase Very beautiful crystal vase from XVI century. Nice crystal vase. 1200.00 99.95 1 vase1.jpg, vase2.jpg  
TV set 40", Full HD LCD television set Real must-have 2999.00 2699.95 0 tv40.jpg manual.pdf, chart.xls

Example 2

Notice that some records doesn't have any values in 'id' column - these will be new products in the database.
Also, 'cat_id' and 'producer_id' are IDs of already existing categories and producers.
idcat_idproducer_idnameprice
24 2 4 Updated product 599.00
25 2 5 Updated product #2 499
  2 6 New product #1 1999
  2 6 New product #2 300.00

3. Category import

List of valid column names and their description:

Column nameRequiredNotice
id No If provided, has to point to existing category. Category will be updated then with the provided data for CSV file.
If ID is empty (or 0), a new category will be created.
name Yes Should be unique within category's parent category, because based on category name, an alias is being generated. Therefore there cannot be two sibling categories with the same alias.
alias No ---
description No Full description. Can contain HTML code.
metatitle No meta-title.
metakey No meta-keywords.
metadesc No meta-description.
published No State [0/1]. 0 = un-published, 1 = published.
ordering No Integer number indicating category's order within its parent category.
created No Creation date in Date-Time format: [RRRR-MM-DD HH:MM:SS] or [RRRR-MM-DD].
created_by No ID of the Joomla! user who should be the owner of the category.
images No Comma-separated list of file names that should be located in /media/djcatalog2/import/images/ directory. For example: image1.jpg,image2.jpg,image3.jpg

Example 3

Notice that all ID columns are empty. This script will only add new categories, assuming that there already exists a category with ID=1.
idparent_idnamedescriptionimages
  1 Cars All available cars. cars.jpg
  1 Motorbikes Full range of our motorcycles. bikes.jpg
  1 Trucks The biggest 18-wheelers. truck.png

4. Producer import

List of valid column names and their description:

Column nameRequiredNotice
id No If provided, has to point to existing producer. Producer will be updated then with the provided data for CSV file.
If ID is empty (or 0), a new producer will be created.
name Yes Should be unique, because based on producer's name, an alias is being generated. Therefore there cannot be two producers with the same alias.
alias No ---
description No Full description. Can contain HTML code.
metatitle No meta-title.
metakey No meta-keywords.
metadesc No meta-description.
published No State [0/1]. 0 = un-published, 1 = published.
ordering No Integer number indicating producer's order.
created No Creation date in Date-Time format: [RRRR-MM-DD HH:MM:SS] or [RRRR-MM-DD].
created_by No ID of the Joomla! user who should be the owner of the category.
images No Comma-separated list of file names that should be located in /media/djcatalog2/import/images/ directory. For example: image1.jpg,image2.jpg,image3.jpg

Example 4

Following example will add 3 new producers and update 2 existing ones (IDs 1 & 2).
idnamedescriptionimages
1 Car manufacturer 1 Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet... cf1.jpg,cf2.jpg
2 Car manufacturer 2 Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet... cf3.jpg,cf4.jpg
  Car manufacturer 3 Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet... cf5.jpg
  Car manufacturer 4 Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet...  
  Car manufacturer 5 Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet... cf6.png,cf7.jpg

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