How to Import Data in Akeneo?

From time to time, businesses need to update their catalog and add more products to their inventory. This product information might come from external sources like retailers, merchants and wholesalers. While importing data in Akeneo, make sure your data is stored in CSV or XLSX file as Akeneo only accepts data from these two file formats. During the import process, Akeneo PIM extracts the data and converts it to store in the PIM. Let us show you step by step guide to import data successfully in Akeneo.

5 Steps to Import Data in Akeneo

#1 Create an import profile

Before we create an import profile, let us understand what an import profile is? An import profile has a bunch of information that is required to perform the import. For instance, the import profile contains a code to determine the import profile, a number of tasks that the import will perform while executing and a set of configuration fields.

This is how you can create an import profile:

      #a. Log in to your account with ‘Create an import profile’ permission

      #b. Navigate to ‘Imports’ menu

      #c. Click on ‘Create import profile

      #d. Fill all the fields in the pop-up window

               #i. A unique code

              #ii. An easy label name to recognize the profile

             #iii. A job description is related to what you want to import

      #e. Click on ‘Save’ to confirm your import profile creation

#2 Build the file either manually or by using third-party applications

#3 Upload the file in PIM or allow PIM to fetch the file from a given path

#4 Launch the CSV or XLSX file import

Now that we are prepared to import our data, let us show you how to run an import.

4 Steps to start an Import in Akeneo

#1 Click on the ‘Imports’ menu to see the list of available import profiles

#2 Choose the import profile you want to run, and then click on the relevant line

#3 You will see a page for the import file. Click on the ‘Import Now’ button if you want the PIM to get the file for you from the path you have given in the profile configuration. Otherwise, click on the ‘Upload a file’ if you want to upload the data file manually

#4 You will see the page of import execution. The page will constantly show the progress of the import

Once the import will end, you will see a notification on the top right side of the screen.

Importing data and files in Akeneo could quickly turn into a nightmare if not done correctly. If you have a huge amount of complex data sets in different formats, it is highly recommended that you consult a professional Akeneo service provider, such as Velox Softech that has years of experience and expertise working with Akeneo. Only a professional PIM development company will be able to help you exploit the full potential of the Akeneo PIM system.