CSVI is a versatile management tool for importing all kinds of data into many different extensions.
IMPORT AND EXPORT INTO AND FROM JOOMLA! 3 HAS NEVER BEEN SO FAST
CSV Improved enables you can import and export data into and from different Joomla! components.
Every component features its own import and export types to allow control over every part of the component.
Using a system that works based on a set of pre-defined fields you can match your fields with the CSV Improved fields to ensure a correct import. This way you can import all kinds of files from different kinds of sources,
for example from your supplier.
Using the same set of pre-defined fields you can set your own export fields to export for an accounting package, order list, order picking list and many other uses.
- CSVI Pro 5.4+
- Joomla 2.5+
This tutorial will explain how to import Joomla content.
Go to Components -> CSVI Pro and click on Process. You are now on the Process page from where the import and export happens.
Preparing the template
The next step is to select the Content import.
Under Manual import/export select:
- Select Import
- Select Joomla Content
- Select Content import
- Click on Go
Save the template by clicking on Save as new.
Setting the file options
The next step is to tell CSVI something about the file you want to import.
- Auto detect delimiters
If your CSV file is using both the field delimiter and the text enclosure. You can set this to Yes otherwise it must be set to No and you can specify your own delimiters.
- I'm Mac
This is only needed if you are using a Mac computer and your file might be using Mac line-endings as opposed to Windows or Linux line-endings.
- Use headers/nodes as configuration
CSVI can read the fields you want to import from 2 locations:
- Import file
- Template fields
If you set this to Yes, the first line from your import file will be used to read the fieldnames you want to import. If you set this to No, CSVI will use the fields you have specified on the fields tab. Important: the field names in your file must be valid CSVI fieldnames. Set this to No now for this tutorial.
- Skip first line
This can be used if you let CSVI take the fields from the template and not from the file and your file has your own column headers.
- Overwrite existing data
Overwrite existing data will overwrite all fields set in the import file for each product. If you set this to No, any existing product will be skipped if it exists.
- Ignore non-existing items
If set to Yes, ignore non-existing items will not create any new products.
- Skip default value
Default values set on the fields tab will not be used when set to Yes.
- Collect debug information
This is a very important option. Setting this to Yes will tell CSVI to create a detailed log of all steps taken during import. This is a very useful report to find any potential problems. Whenever you post a question on the forum, make sure you post this file also. It is the only way to help you out. The How to collect debug information article explains this in further detail.
Now that the file options are set, CSVI knows how to read your file. Click on Save to save your changes in your template and make sure they don't get lost.
Adding the fields
The next step is to add the fields we want to import to our template. To import properties there are a few fields that are really needed:
Let's tell CSVI which fields you want to import.
- Under the Field name column, select the field name
- The other options we leave empty as they are fine
- Click on the + symbol
- Repeat step 1 - 3 for the description
- Set the order of the fields in the Order column.
- This can be done manually by entering the correct order and then click Save
- This can be done automatically by clicking on the Reorder icon next to the Order
To make sure we don't lose anything, click on Save to save your template.
If you do not know which fieldnames to use, check out the Visual Available Fields.
The fields then look like this:
Creating the import file
With the template ready it is necessary to create our import file. You can create your import in almost any kind of spreadsheet or text editor. There are a few things to look out for though. The file must:
- be UTF-8 encoded
- have correct delimiters
Let's create our CSV file. We are going to import an article.
"Random article";"random-article";"news/local-news";"1";"<p><a href=""http://www.example.com/"">A random site</a></p>"
Save these 2 lines in a file.
The article is going to be imported in the category:
|- Local news
This structure is found in the category_path field where each category is separated by a / (forward-slash).
With our template configured and our file created, we are ready to import.
On the source option we will load the file from our computer. Click on Browse and select your import file. The last thing that remains is to click on the Process button in the top right hand corner.
When the import is done you will see a screen like this:
Here it says Updated but that can also be Added if the category doesn't exist yet. There you go, you have succesfully done a Joomla Content Import.
The next thing you can do is, experiment. There are a lot of more features in CSVI you can use for example:
- Combine fields
- Replace fields
Other good sources of information are: