How to Import Products in Shopify

Do you have an ecommerce store currently, but on a different platform?

Shopify makes your life easier by doing the legwork for you. It would be such a bummer to have to add products one by one, but thanks to Shopify’s system you only need a CSV file.

Shopify extracts data from your file and creates the product listing for you.  It would be a good idea to review our section on CSV file and formatting before you dive in. But, if you feel comfortable, go ahead and dig right in.

Import Products from Another Store

Step #1: Go to your Shopify Admin and click “Products”:

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Step #2: Click “Product List”:

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Step #3: If your Shopify store does not have any products yet, click “Import products” link at the center of the page:

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Step #4: If your Shopify store already has some products in the products section, click “Import”:

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Step #5: You will be prompted to import your product CSV. Click “Need to import products from another platform”:
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You will be provided with a list of ecommerce stores that are supported by Shopify.

If your ecommerce site is listed, click the logo to initiate the free importer from Shopify that will help import your products.

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Step #6: If your current store’s platform is not there, click “Cancel” to close the pop-up:

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Step #7: If your current ecommerce store provides you a CSV export of all of your products, then you can use that to import into your Shopify store. You need make sure that the CSV file format matches one that is accepted by Shopify

Once you have prepared a CSV matching with the Shopify format, you are all set to import it in your Shopify store. You can also view the sample Shopify CSV to match your product CSV with it.

a) From your products list, click “Import”:

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b) Click “sample CSV template” to download the sample CSV:

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Step #8: Once your Shopify-accepted format CSV is prepared, go to products list in your Shopify Admin and click “Import products” link at the center of the page:

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Step #9: Click “Choose file” on the pop-up screen that follows:

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Step #10: Locate and select the CSV file on your computer and then click “Open”:

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Step #11: Click “Upload file” on the pop-up:

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Import Products After Making Changes to Your CSV File

Step #1: Go to your Shopify Admin and click “Products”:

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Step #2: Click “Product List”:

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Step #3: Click “Import” at the top of the screen:

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Step #4: Click “Choose file” on the pop-up window that follows:

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Step #5: Locate and select the CSV file on your computer and then click “Open”:

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Step #6: While uploading the CSV, you can choose if you want to override the products with the same handles by clicking “Overwrite existing products that have the same handle”

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Step #7: Click “Upload file” on the pop-up to upload your CSV:

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You will receive an email from Shopify if you have uploaded the CSV file successfully. Letting Shopify do the work for you saves you tons of time. For any issues you may have uploading your file, refer to our previous section on formatting a CSV file.

Happy importing!