How to Import & Export Product Attributes for Magento 2 (Along with Attribute Values & Sets)

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Today, we are going to talk about the import and export of product attributes for Magento 2. Operating an e-commerce store is associated with numerous processes. Various management chores include a broad array of actions from creating a category tree to adding an FAQ section. Somewhere between these processes, attribute management is hidden. Magento 2 heavily relies on attributes, attribute sets, and attribute values. You may need to update them frequently to keep your catalog in order. Although the platform delivers all the tools necessary to manage your attributes and all the related data, your daily routine turns into an unbearable burden if you work with hundreds of records. However, there is a simple way to do so – import attributes to Magento 2 instead of applying all the necessary changes manually.

You can import and export attributes, attribute sets, and attribute values in Magento 2, replacing various manual tasks and automating your management routine. Below, we shed light on how to enable this functionality in your store even though Magento 2 lacks the corresponding features. A little spoiler: you need to install the Improved Import & Export Magento 2 extension. It will help you transfer Magento 2 attributes, values, and attribute sets to and from your e-commerce website. 

The article below focuses on the pros and cons of both manual attribute management and the corresponding import and export automation. After that, it sheds light on various aspects of the Magento 2 import-export of product attributes associated with our extension. You will learn how to manage attribute tables, edit attribute values, create new attributes on the fly during import, use multiple file formats and sources for the attribute import and export, as well as leverage alternative transfersMapping and scheduling are also described in this post. These features will help you automate the Magento import of attributes from external sources. 
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How to import default attribute values for products via API in Magento 2

- Magento 2, Our extensions

Magento 2 Development; Magento 2 tutorial

Recently, we’ve discovered a discussion on Stack Exchange about Magento 2 API import. The author asks whether it is possible to import default attribute values for products via API in Magento 2. Although you cannot establish API transfers using the default import interface, the Improved Import & Export extension lets you obtain the desired functionality within a couple of clicks. Let’s explore the issue in more detail and then proceed to the solution. And don’t forget to follow our Magento 2 Cookbook for more information on how to run your e-commerce website smoothly.  Continue Reading

How to Run Magento 2 Import if Required Columns Are Missed

- E-Commerce, Magento 2, Our extensions

Magento 2 Import without Required Columns

Below, we shed light on a very important aspect of every import process – columns (attributes) of an import file. What if your data table doesn’t contain one? By default, you face the inability to transfer the update to your Magento 2 website. There are lots of different entities that can be transferred into Magento 2, so you have to deal with different data depending on your particular business case. However, the absence of the smallest detail can ruin all your data transfer efforts. Especially if you use the default data transfer solutions. 

Luckily, we know how to prevent such issues. Meet the Improved Import & Export Magento 2 extension. With the help of this plugin, you can import data to Magento 2 if some required columns are missed. The following article describes this process. You can either add the necessary columns manually or automate the addition of the missing data using the module’s functionality. Besides, you will discover the required CSV file structure as well as core features of the Improved Import & Export Magento 2 extension
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How to Import Multiselect Attribute Values to Magento 2

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The default data transfer capabilities of Magento 2 still need various improvements, especially if you use the Open Source version of the platform. However, numerous community-based initiatives that tend to improve the basic functionality are at your service. They vary between coding tricks and standalone extensions. Depending on the complexity of your business, your technical skills, or the faced issues, you can select one that perfectly suits your needs.  What to do if you cannot find the solutions? Ask the community for support. 

Recently, we came across an interesting issue on Stackexchange. The author was wondering whether it was possible to create values for a multiselect attribute when uploading a CSV file. Below, we share two solutions: the community-based algorithm of addressing the problem and the Firebear-proposed tool. While the first one requires additional coding experience and is almost unreal to implement for non-technical users, the extension we offer is admin-friendly and intuitive so that anyone can use it to cope with the difficulties described below. 

To make a long story short, let’s explore the issue and describe how to import multiselect attribute values to Magento 2. More tips are available here: Magento 2 Cookbook.
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How to export specific data sets for a particular entity in Magento 2

- E-Commerce, Magento 2

Magento 2 export CLI

Another interesting StackExchange discussion has recently come under our scrutiny. This time the problem was associated with the inability to export relevant data from Magento 2. The user under the Magento Team nickname wondered how to add the Select All option into the Export Settings of Magento 2. The task was to export a single attribute of a product. However, this action is impossible in Magento 2 by default. Let’s see how tech-savvy users can address these issues and share a more merchant-friendly solution of exporting relevant data from Magento 2. Continue Reading

Magento 2 Backend Exploration: Attributes

- E-Commerce, Magento 2

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The following article sheds light on the Attributes subsection of the Magento 2 backend. Below, we explore its key screens and describe how to manage their content. Besides, you will discover our recommendations on how to import/export attributes in Magento 2 more efficiently. Let’s take a look at the native Magento 2 admin instruments and the opportunities they provide. Continue Reading