We need to create a custom data import in Magento 2. In Magento 1 we used to use the Dataflow model to implement our custom imports.

In Magento 2 there are no 'advanced profiles' but an 'Import' section. Does anyone know if it's possible to add new custom entities to that import section? Any examples?



You can create a custom import with Magento 2.

You can based on the CatalogImportExport or CustomerImportExport Magento module which is based on the ImportExport Magento module as a reference.

Basic step :

  • Create your CustomImportExport Module
  • Add an import.xml configuration file
    • Add your entity model and behavior
    • Add your entity type if needed
    • Add the relatedInxexer to refresh after import
  • Implement your import model with your logic

Code Examples:


<config xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:module:Magento_ImportExport:etc/import.xsd">
    <entity name="catalog_product" label="Products" model="Magento\CatalogImportExport\Model\Import\Product" behaviorModel="Magento\ImportExport\Model\Source\Import\Behavior\Basic" />
    <entityType entity="catalog_product" name="simple" model="Magento\CatalogImportExport\Model\Import\Product\Type\Simple" />
    <entityType entity="catalog_product" name="virtual" model="Magento\CatalogImportExport\Model\Import\Product\Type\Virtual" />
    <relatedIndexer entity="catalog_product" name="catalog_product_price" />
    <relatedIndexer entity="catalog_product" name="catalogsearch_fulltext" />
    <relatedIndexer entity="catalog_product" name="catalog_product_flat" />

Behavior module


Product Import model example :

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  • I have added Entity Type "catalog_category" in export.xml and displaying in Entity Type drop down. But issue in Vendor\CategoryImportExport\Model\Export\Category.php files not working properly. Jun 11 '19 at 12:05

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