I'm using Magento 2.1.3.

Is it possible to import product attributes and attribute sets or do I have to create them manually before importing products with specific attributes?

  • U have to create from Admin first then u can import
    – Jackson
    Commented Feb 1, 2017 at 9:35

3 Answers 3


In Magento 2 product can't be imported if attribute set is absent in system.

You will receive next error after Data Validation:

Invalid value for Attribute Set column (set doesn't exist?) in row(s): x

You have to create attribute set manually in Admin Panel or via API request.

See: Attribute Set REST API


$eavSetupFactory = $objectManager->get('\Magento\Eav\Setup\EavSetupFactory');
$storeManager = $objectManager->get('Magento\Store\Model\StoreManagerInterface')->getStore();
$attributeFactory = $objectManager->get('\Magento\Catalog\Model\ResourceModel\Eav\Attribute');

$attribute_arr = ['Franciscan Slate','Union Square','Timber Glen','Terrace','Sandalo'];

$attributeInfo= $attributeFactory->getCollection()
$attribute_id = $attributeInfo->getAttributeId();

$option['attribute_id'] = $attributeInfo->getAttributeId();
foreach($attribute_arr as $key=>$value){

$eavSetup = $eavSetupFactory->create();


you can create product attributes and attribute sets through admin panel or programatically with M2 module. I don't know way to create product attributes/sets through import.

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