I tried to write a external script for customer import. I get sample customer data from csv file and put them into an array. it was success, and I can see all the data from the array.

Then I tried to add customer programatically. I use Magestore's article as a reference, here.

First I tried using given sample data and it was a success. Customer is added and I can see new customer from magento admin.

But when I tried to use a foreach loop to run same process for my list of customers (I have 10 sample customers in my csv file.), it gives me an exception.

For example, if I use $customer->setEmail('[email protected]'); it will be added and no error. but if I use my array, $customer->setEmail($customerImport[0]); it shows the exception.

Here is my code, can please someone tell me what's the wrong and how to fix this?


use Magento\Framework\App\Bootstrap;
require __DIR__ . '/app/bootstrap.php';

ini_set('display_startup_errors', 1);
ini_set('display_errors', 1);

$customerImport = getCustomerImport();

function getCustomerImport(){

$bootstrap = Bootstrap::create(BP, $_SERVER);
$objectManager = $bootstrap->getObjectManager();

$state = $objectManager->get('\Magento\Framework\App\State');

$file = 'tesseract/import/customer.csv';  //CSV file path
$arrResult = array();
$headers = false;
$handle = fopen($file, "r");
if (empty($handle) === false) {
while (($data = fgetcsv($handle, 100000, ",")) !== FALSE) {
if (!$headers) {
$headers[] = $data;
} else {
$arrResult[] = $data;

$url = \Magento\Framework\App\ObjectManager::getInstance();
$storeManager = $url->get('\Magento\Store\Model\StoreManagerInterface');
$customerFactory = $objectManager->get('\Magento\Customer\Model\CustomerFactory');

$websiteId = $storeManager->getWebsite()->getWebsiteId();
// $store = $storeManager->getStore();  // Get Store ID
// $storeId = $store->getStoreId();

foreach ($arrResult as $customerImport) {
// Necessary data from csv
$email  = (string)$customerImport[0];
$websiteName    = $customerImport[1];
$storeName  = $customerImport[2];
$confirmationReq    = $customerImport[3];
$firstName  = $customerImport[4];
$groupId    = $customerImport[5];
$lastName   = $customerImport[6];
$middleName = $customerImport[7];
$userPrefix = $customerImport[8];
$storeId    = $customerImport[9];
$userSuffix = $customerImport[10];
$userUpdatedAt  = $customerImport[11];
$websiteId  = $customerImport[12];
$userPassword   = $customerImport[13];

// Instantiate object (this is the most important part)

$customer = $customerFactory->create();







echo 'Create customer successfully'.$customer->getId();


catch(Exception $eXp){
echo 'Something failed on customer import '. PHP_EOL;


} //end of the function

  • What exception are you getting ?
    – anonymous
    May 4, 2018 at 10:36
  • Can you add the exception here, it'll easy to understand the issue.
    – Lasantha
    May 4, 2018 at 11:14
  • @LazyCoder here is the paste justpaste.it/4nlrf
    – OCdave
    May 4, 2018 at 11:15
  • 1
    @Lasantha please see here justpaste.it/4nlrf
    – OCdave
    May 4, 2018 at 11:15
  • @OCdave - check "$customerImport[0] " is an object or just a line of text ?
    – Lasantha
    May 4, 2018 at 11:21

1 Answer 1


Please check the data in the csv file,

You must have some empty cells all that are causing issue for saving customer.

1.fill empty fields
2.required fields should be validated and 
3.check the each field with `isset()`.

Then check and comment your result here.

  • I think error was because I have some empty fields on my csv. it was sample data and some fields were empty. and required fields being empty may have been the reason.
    – OCdave
    May 4, 2018 at 11:40

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