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2 Quick Ways of Importing Products to Shopify (in Bulk)

Written by Minal Kiani | Reviewed by Mobeen Ali
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Two ways to import products data to Shopify store

You can use one of these two ways to import products from your Shopify store:

  • Import a CSV fil with your products to Shopify.
  • Directly import products from your dashboard to Shopify using a SaaS tool.

Don’t waste time on CSV files. there’s a better solution

Use Apimio to quickly convert any CSV file into a Shopify Importable template, or just use our Shopify PIM connector to upload products instantly.

    csv import automation solution

    Otherwise, let’s move forward with the next steps.

    Importing Products to Shopify via CSV file

    If you’ve decided to go the CSV import route, make sure to follow Shopify’s CSV structure recommendations to export the file correctly. To ensure a successful import, your CSV file can’t exceed 15MB. Otherwise, the Shopify product import may be incomplete or will fail.

    How to import products CSVs to the Shopify Platform?

    A Viable Solution to Bulk Import into Shopify:

    In this tutorial, I will show you how you can overcome these limitations, through our Apimio PIM and automate product information importing from CSV to your store in minutes. 

    PIM for shopify app

    You can install the Apimio Shopify App here

    Importing Bulk Products from Apimio – A Tutorial

    Let’s begin importing products directly to your Shopify store without following Shopify Guidelines for the Product import process. 

    Apimio integrates directly to your Shopify store  and sync your products to the Shopify store in one go. 

    Bulk Import Products to Shopify; a Step by Step Process:

    Let’s look at the steps to import your products into Shopify with the Apimio product importer platform.

    1. Create an account by visiting

    Create an account
    1. Create your account, you can sign up or continue to google by providing your name, working email, and phone number.
    2. Then you will get a verification message on the Apimio screen which identifies, to verify your account to ensure it’s actually you.
    Verify your account

    4. When you receive an email, click on the link below to proceed with the process of Apimio’s product import.

    Verification email

    5. Give your organization’s information: select your region and currency.

    NOTE: The default Apimio currency is USD, but you can change it to whatever you want, and finally click to continue.

    welcome to Apimio

    6. Now, connect Apimio PIM with your Shopify store to directly import all of your product data into Shopify, or you can do it later if you want to store the product information in a draft.

    Connect to your store

    7. On the Apimio dashboard, click on Import CSV to upload your CSV file or you can click on add product if you want to add product information one by one manually. 

    Add product

    8. After clicking on Bulk Import, click to browse your file and Upload your CSV sheet.

    Upload csv

    9. Preview your file, check column, rows, and attributes then select Next 

    Note: you can also use the Apimio default template; which will give you an already made template of pre-defined settings for your product data.

    Template of product data

    10. Match your fields with related fields, we do a mapping of each field so that we know where any particular field is located in your CSV file.

    Mapping of each feild

    11. In the next step, Select language, Select the status whether you are going to publish it or want to save this in a draft, and finally select catalog, which by default is connected with Shopify.

    Select Language

    NOTE: you can also save your template so that you do not have to do repeated product mapping.

    12. When your CSV import starts in the background you will receive a popup of import started successfully, after a few seconds, refresh your page to show all the imported products.

    Import started successfully pop up

    13. Then, open a product, and complete all missing information. Provide SKU(unique ID) which is a must, and your product details including its name, price, barcode, weight, and description.Now, upload the product main image from your computer, add related files, and images, then click the top left save button to save all of your given information

    Complete missing Information

    14. Then, the major step is to sync all of your given product details to Shopify meaning by clicking on the sync button all of your given information is directly imported to your Shopify store. 

    Add details

    15. If in the beginning, you did not connect Apimio PIM with your Shopify store, then this is the right time to connect by adding your Shopify store name so that all of your correctly formatted product information will be synced to Shopify.

    Apimio to Shopify store

    16. Click on the install app to authorize it, so that no one else can connect to your Shopify store. 

    Connect to shopify store

    17. Now, your product is ready to sync on Shopify, and you will get a popup when it’s done.

    18. Finally, open your Shopify store; on the sidebar, a products option is available to click on it, and check your synced product information in Shopify.

    synced with Shopify

    How can you import products to Shopify automatically (without CSV import/export)?

    Alternatively, you can automate the process and increase the speed of importing products with the help of online SaaS solutions like Apimio. It will save you from concerns about the file structure, and you can continue working on your store while your products are being imported.  You can bulk upload to Shopify through a single dashboard without too much manual work. 

    Checkout our step by step guide on how to import products to Shopify in Bulk using CSV here.

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      If you’re a manufacturer:

      You can install Apimio for Manufacturers: Share All Your Product Data from the Shopify App Store. This will take you to the Apimio Sign Up page where you can create your own Apimio Manufacturer account. Once your account is created, you can invite your retailers to share product catalogs with them.

      Apimio lets you create groups of products that you can assign to specific retailers. You can easily import product catalogs to your Shopify store without the hassle of CSV files that need to be formatted every time you wish to import products.

      The best thing about using Apimio for migrating your product data to Shopify is that you can also migrate images of your products to your store in one click. 

      Once you have all your products on your Apimio account, you can edit and bulk import them to your Shopify store in one click.  

      If you’re a retailer: 

      You can install Apimio for Retail: Import Products from Supplier from the Shopify App Store. This will take you to the Apimio sign-up page, where you can sign up as a retailer, and import your brands and products to your dashboard. 

      You can carry out CSV uploads once you have all your product data on your Apimo account, and also access all your product images in one place. Once you’ve invited your supplier to your account, you can sync all their product data to your Shopify store to ensure your stores are always updated and accurate.


      Shopify Import Capabilities

      Shopify allows you to import several entities by default. However, because you are bound to CSV files, you can’t automate processes. So every time there has been an update in your product data, you will have to import a new CSV file. Shopify Plus has various data transfer features that can be useful for businesses. Let’s go through those. 

      Importing Products from Another Store/Platform 

      So assume that you’ve decided to migrate from another platform to Shopify and wish to import all your products to your new Shopify Store. You might have exported a CSV of your existing products from the old platform, but unfortunately, this won’t be compatible with Shopify. The CSV file will follow the format of the older platform that you were using. So in order to use it to import your product data to your Shopify store, you will have to edit the file’s format. Even components like a missing header lead to import failure. 


      Moreover, your product CSV can’t be more than 15MB in size. So if you’re getting an error while trying to upload a new CSV file, check to see if it doesn’t exceed the size limit. 

      To import product data from your CSV on Shopify, follow these steps: 

      1. From your Shopify admin, go to “Products” > “All products.”
      2. Click “Import”.
      3. Click “Choose File” in the Import products by CSV file window.
      4. Locate your CSV file, then click “Open”.
      5. Click “Upload file”.
      6. Once your CSV file is uploaded, you will receive a confirmation email from Shopify on your registered email. 

      Re-importing Products from Shopify

      Shopify allows you to make changes to your catalog items via CSV, export your products, edit the CSV file and re-import it back to your Shopify store. 

      However, if you’re using Oberlo or other similar apps to add products to your website, this method will not work. 

      You can import products to Shopify as follows:

      1. Go to Shopify Admin > Products > All products and hit the Import button.
      2. The Import products by CSV file window displays. Click “Choose File”.
      3. Locate your product CSV and click “Open”.
      4. By enabling the “Overwrite any current products that have the same handle” feature, you override the corresponding Shopify data. For columns that aren’t present in the CSV file, the corresponding product information remains untouched. For instance, if you transfer items without price information, Shopify will keep the existing values.
      5. Upload the file.
      6. A confirmation email is sent upon a successful upload.

      Shopify Product Import: CSV File Format

      Below, you can see a list that shows the structure of a typical product file supported in Shopify.

      Handle: in this field,, you need to specify unique product names using letters, dashes, and numbers. Also note that spaces, accents, periods, and other characters are not allowed. It is also worth mentioning that Shopify uses handles in product URLs.

      Besides, Shopify treats every line in the CSV file that starts with a different handle as a new product. However, you can use multiple lines with the same handle to add multiple images to a single product. Since this field is required, it cannot be blank or missing.

      Title. This column contains the title of your product — for instance, Women’s Black Stiletto Heels. Since this field is required, you cannot leave it blank.

      Body (HTML). Here, you can provide your product description in HTML format or as plain text. It’s not required so can be left blank. 

      Vendor. In this field you need to enter the vendor name of the product and should have more than two characters. 

      Type. This field shows the product type, such as “Dresses” or “Heels”. You can leave it blank. 

      Tags. Here, you can place a comma-separated list of tags associated with the product. Add quotes around the tags if they are absent: “tag1, tag2, tag3”. This one can be blank.

      Published. This shows the status of the product on your store: whether it is published or not.

      TRUE – the product is published. 

      FALSE – the product is hidden.

      The field is required. If you leave it blank, the product will automatically be published. 

      Option1 Name. If an item contains options, specify its name (e.g. Color). Set it to “Title” for products with one option only. This is a required field and can’t be left blank. 

      Option1 Value. If a product is associated with an option, you should enter its value here (White).

      For products with only one option, set it to Default Title. Also, note that changing data in this column replaces the existing variant IDs. This process usually breaks third-party dependencies on variant IDs. This is a required field and can’t be left blank. 

      Option2 Name. If a product has the second option, specify it here but this column can be left blank. 

      Option2 Value. Enter the value of the second option here. This field can also be left blank. 

      Option3 Name. If a product has the third option, specify it here. You can leave this column blank.

      Option3 Value. Enter the value of the third option here or leave it empty.

      Variant SKU. In this column, you need to enter the SKU of a product or variant which is used to track inventory. Unless you use custom fulfillment services, this field can be left blank.

      Variant GramsYou need to enter the product or variant weight in grams under this section. You can’t use any letters or special characters here, so if your product weight is 1.789 kg, you should specify it as 1789.

      Also, despite setting a different unit on your website, Shopify always imports and exports the product weight in grams. It usually happens even if you set a different unit on your website. Therefore, use only accurate weights so that you can give customers accurate carrier charges based on weight. Since this field is required, you cannot leave it blank even if the value is 0. 

      Variant Inventory Tracker. This section contains the inventory tracking details for a variant or product. If your inventory isn’t tracked you can leave this column blank. 

      Variant Inventory Qty. This column displays the number of items available in stock but is only related to Shopify stores with a single location. If you have inventory at various locations, Shopify will not include this column for you. 

      Variant Inventory Policy. This column lets you specify the action taken towards customers when they order a product or variant that has reached 0 inventory.

      deny – a product cannot be purchased after its inventory level reaches zero;

      continue – a product can be purchased after its inventory level reaches zero: negative inventory levels are enabled.

      You can’t leave this field blank. 

      Variant Fulfillment Service. Here, the system displays a fulfillment service responsible for the product or variant fulfillment. Possible values are: 





      It is also possible to specify the name of your custom fulfillment service here. Note that it is necessary to use lowercase letters and replace spaces with a dash (-). Also, remove periods and other special characters. And don’t forget to set up a custom fulfillment service in your Shopify admin before adding its name in this column. Since this field is required, it cannot be blank or missing.

      Variant Price. Here, Shopify lets you set the price of the product or its variant. You can’t include currency symbols in this field.

      Variant Compare at Price. The “Compare at Price” feature of the product or variant is related to this column. The requirements are the same: you shouldn’t use currency symbols. The field can be blank.

      Variant Requires Shipping. Here, Shopify contains options that show whether shipping is required or not. TRUE and FALSE are two possible values. If you leave the column blank, the system understands it as FALSE.

      Variant Taxable. Here, you need to specify whether taxes are applicable to your variant or not. You can enter True or False. If you leave the field blank, the system will assume it to be false. 

      Variant Barcode. In this column, you can add a product barcode, ISBN, or UPC. It can be left blank.

      Image Src. This column allows you to specify the URL of a product image. The system downloads images during the import and uploads them back. However, they are not variant-specific. You should specify variant images in the variant image column.

      You can leave this field blank. 

      Image Position. In this column, you can specify the order of the images to appear on your product page. the sort order for images that appear on a product page. It is shown from smallest to largest, so image set as 1 will appear first. The field can be left blank.

      Image Alt Text. Here, you need to enter the Alt text for an image which is displayed when the image can’t load. You can enter up to 512 characters, but the optimal recommended length is 125 characters. You can leave this field blank.

      Gift Card. Here, the system places data necessary to determine whether the product is a gift card or not. As you might have already guessed, valid values are TRUE or FALSE. You need to create gift cards in admin prior to changing the corresponding fields in a CSV file. The field can be blank.

      SEO Title. You can find the SEO Title under the Search engine listing preview header in the Page title field on the product details page. The SEO Title consists of letters and numbers. The character limit is 70. 

      This field is optional, so if you leave it blank, it will automatically be populated with the product title on import. Note that it is optional.

      SEO Description. The SEO Description shows in the Meta description field on the product details page and has a 320 letters/numbers limit. You can leave this field blank, and in that case it will automatically be populated with the product description you have provided on importing. 

      Google Shopping metafields. It is possible to ignore fields in the columns that include Google Shopping in their names. However, some situations may require using them. Therefore, this field is optional.

      Variant Image. In this column you can specify the functioning image URLs of the variant, but it is optional.

      Variant Weight Unit. Shopify uses only the following values:

      • g
      • kg
      • lb
      • oz

      The field is optional and if left blank, the default unit is “kg”.

      Variant Tax Code. This column is available in Shopify Plus only if it is integrated with Avalara AvaTax. Don’t import a CSV file with this column filled in with data into a store that isn’t connected to Avalara. 

      Cost per item. In this column, Shopify specifies the product or variant cost for you. Currency symbols are still not allowed and the field is optional.

      Status: This shows the status of the products in your store. 

      active – the product is available on your storefront;

      draft – the product is not active with a draft that needs to be completed;

      archived – it is an archived item that is no longer available on the storefront.

      This field is required and if you don’t add the column to your CSV file, all products are uploaded as active.

      Free Shopify CSV Template

      You can download a free eCommerce product CSV template to import products to Shopify.

      What to do next?

      FAQ’S for Bulk import

      What is CSV in Shopify?

      CSV, or comma-separated values, is a file format that allows data to be saved in a tabular format. Shopify accepts a CSV file (comma-separated values) to import and export various products and their details at once.

      How to Import Products to the Shopify store using a CSV?

      1. From Shopify’s admin panel, go to the Products section 
      2. Click Import
      3. Click Add File, then browse to the CSV file that you want to import
      4. Click Upload and continue.

      How do I upload items to Shopify faster?

      Shopify is a great platform for developing an attractive online shop, making it convenient to import products. One recommended way to make that happen in a faster way is by utilizing a CSV file.

      How do I add multiple items to a collection on Shopify?

      1. Go to the Shopify admin,
      2. Choose Products → Collections, 
      3. Click the name of the collection where you want products
      4. In the Products section, click to select products or click Browse 
      5. Add products that you want to the collection.

      How do I bulk-add SKUs to Shopify?

      1. Export items containing inventory variants
      2. Apply a filter, if needed.
      3. Hit the Export button to start the export.
      4. Download the exported file.
      5. Update processes of variant SKU in the exported file.
      6. Unnecessary columns are included in the output, delete them.
      7. Save your revised input, import and enjoy the game.  

      How many products can you upload on Shopify?

      There is no limitation on the number of products you can add to your Shopify store. However, if your store reaches 50,000 products, after this a further 1,000 products can go up every day.

      Written by Minal Kiani

      Minal Kiani is a Content Marketing Specialist at Apimio Inc. She's an expert writer in Business and Product Information Management.

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