I have Magento 2.2.8 and need to import lots of products, the problem is with images (I would rather not import all image files, but a reference via link). They are in an external URL and CSV file check complaints:

Imported resource (image) could not be downloaded from an external resource due to timeout or access permissions in a row(s): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Csv has base_images like:




I have also tried adding the external server as the "Images File Directory", however then I get:

Wrong URL/path used for attribute image in a row

So far found: Import image from external url <-- that copies images

Magento 2: Import categories images external url via csv <-- for categories

Can images be linked to that external server?

If not, what workarounds are suggested?


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The short answer is that external linka can't be done easily

This is sort of covered here


But basically magento needs a local copy to create cache

Unless you simply mean that magento will need to fetch from a url and then store locally.

In which case as per docs just provide full path in csv import



Providing nothing gets in the way source side (leech protect or whatever) this should work.

Images will be local though.

  • Thanks Dominic. That's a pitty for current project but I guess will have to go with local copy then.
    – fran35
    Jul 1, 2019 at 10:23

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