I am using Magento 2.3.3 and wants to import products using cron and csv. I have google Sheet which contains all products data and sheet's data changes continuously. So I have to run a cron every day which updates product price, qty and some attributes values.

  1. I've generated csv from sheet and it is being successfully imported manually.
  2. Then I tried to import csv using cron by hitting some import functions existing in module- import-export. But didn't work and everything messed up.
  3. Now I'm trying to import products by directly save them in database.

Is it possible to do that? Or is their another way?

Checked this link also but didn't understand that much.

  • i have tried this with exporting orders and value got saved in database but later on magento started giving error
    – Pramod
    Commented Jul 20, 2020 at 4:32
  • @Chikku Thanks for response. So Isn't there any solution for it?
    – SharmaV
    Commented Jul 20, 2020 at 5:32
  • @vartikasharma Have you tried creating the scripts as mentioned in magento.stackexchange.com/questions/214079/… and try import? What point you were not able to understand? Commented Jul 20, 2020 at 13:11
  • @BhaumikUpadhyay I need to import some product attributes also. Could you please explain how can I do that?
    – SharmaV
    Commented Jul 21, 2020 at 10:10
  • @vartikasharma Do you have separate CSV file for import product attributes or need to import with a product? Commented Jul 21, 2020 at 10:33

3 Answers 3


I think you are looking for this program example, which might be best option. There is also a note about images in comments.

I would consider, having some sort of rollback strategy along with cron module, something like (pseudo code)

take product data dump 
run cron import 
  if Import successful 
     delete dump
     log something
  else if import fail
     rollback from dump
     log error and other relevant stuff 
  • I followed the link which you provided and it worked fine and products are created.Now I want to update them So I load the product and set new values for it but Name, Description, status and some of the attributes are not updating. I found that attributes with Global scope are updating but store view scope are not.
    – SharmaV
    Commented Jul 24, 2020 at 11:17
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    you might wanna look at this part - >setWebsiteIds(array(1)) // Default Website ID ->setStoreId(0) // Default store ID
    – rex
    Commented Jul 31, 2020 at 15:39

I understood your concern, that you want to add new products, update existing products price and product attribute value without mess up with old data.

I recommended you to create a patch command to import-products, In this patch include below conditions

  1. Check Website code and Store view condition
  2. Whether the product has existing or not
  3. To update any data, include additional option in command line **productupdate==1** based on this condition you update the new values with old data

After checking this condition, you need to check like below sample code.

        $import_file = pathinfo($import_path);
        $import = $this->importFactory->create();
                'entity' => 'catalog_product',
                'behavior' => $import->getDefaultBehavior(),
                'validation_strategy' => 'validation-stop-on-errors',

        $read_file = $this->readFactory->create($import_file['dirname']);
        $csvSource = $this->csvSourceFactory->create(
                'file' => $import_file['basename'],
                'directory' => $read_file,
        $validate = $import->validateSource($csvSource);
        if (!$validate) {
            $output->writeln('<error>Unable to validate the CSV.</error>');

        $result = $import->importSource();
        if ($result) {

        if ($import->getCreatedItemsCount() > 0 && $productUpdate == 0) {
            $output->writeln("<info>Finished importing products from $import_path</info>");
        } else if ($import->getUpdatedItemsCount() > 0 && $productUpdate == 1) {
            $output->writeln("<info>Finished Updating the products from $import_path</info>");
        } else {
            $output->writeln("<error> Products are not created/updated, cross check the source file from $import_path</error>");

Note: The CSV file should have all data of the products while import new value Ex: If you updating price value, then the CSV file the product should have all data and include with new price value. This will avoid missing data while doing update.

I am following this and its working for me.


You can create a CRON workflow and reuse the module-import-export model to import any entity.

This is an example class to define the Magento import model.


use Magento\Framework\App\Filesystem\DirectoryList;
use Magento\ImportExport\Model\Import\Adapter as ImportAdapter;
use Magento\ImportExport\Model\Import\ErrorProcessing\ProcessingErrorAggregatorInterface;

class ImportCron
    const ENTITY = 'catalog_product'; //catalog_product, customer, advanced_pricing...
    const BEHAVIOR = 'append'; //append, replace, delete

    protected $importModel;

    protected $fileSystem;

     * ImportCron constructor.
     * @param \Magento\ImportExport\Model\Import $importModel
     * @param \Magento\Framework\Filesystem $filesystem
    public function __construct(
        \Magento\ImportExport\Model\Import $importModel,
        Magento\Framework\Filesystem $filesystem

        $this->importModel = $importModel;
        $this->fileSystem = $filesystem;

    public function execute(){

            //TODO: Set Area scope, cron, adminhtml

            //TODO: Check entity, beavior, input file exist, etc...

            $fileName = '';
            $skipValidate = true;

            $sourceFile = $this->importModel->getWorkingDir() . self::ENTITY . '.csv';
            $importedFile = $this->importModel->getWorkingDir() . $fileName;
            if (strtolower($fileName) != self::ENTITY . '.csv') {
                copy($importedFile, $sourceFile);

            $data = array(
                'entity' => '',
                'based_entity' => self::ENTITY,
                'behavior' => self::BEHAVIOR,
                $this->importModel::FIELD_NAME_VALIDATION_STRATEGY => $skipValidate ? ProcessingErrorAggregatorInterface::VALIDATION_STRATEGY_SKIP_ERRORS : ProcessingErrorAggregatorInterface::VALIDATION_STRATEGY_STOP_ON_ERROR,
                $this->importModel::FIELD_NAME_ALLOWED_ERROR_COUNT => 10,
                $this->importModel::FIELD_FIELD_MULTIPLE_VALUE_SEPARATOR => \Magento\ImportExport\Model\Import::DEFAULT_GLOBAL_MULTI_VALUE_SEPARATOR,
                $this->importModel::FIELD_FIELD_SEPARATOR => ',',
                $this->importModel::FIELD_NAME_IMG_FILE_DIR => 'pub/media/import'


            $source = ImportAdapter::findAdapterFor(

            $validationResult = $this->importModel->validateSource($source);

            if (!$this->importModel->getProcessedRowsCount()) {
                if (!$this->importModel->getErrorAggregator()->getErrorsCount()) {
                } else {
                    foreach ($this->importModel->getErrorAggregator()->getAllErrors() as $error) {
                        //echo error;
            } else {
                $errorAggregator = $this->importModel->getErrorAggregator();
                if (!$validationResult) {
                    foreach ($errorAggregator->getRowsGroupedByErrorCode() as $errorMessage => $rows) {
                        //echo error;
                } else {
                    if ($this->importModel->isImportAllowed()) {
                        $errorAggregator = $this->importModel->getErrorAggregator();
                        if ($errorAggregator->hasToBeTerminated()) {
                            foreach ($errorAggregator->getRowsGroupedByErrorCode() as $errorMessage => $rows) {
                                //echo error;
                        } else {
                            foreach ($errorAggregator->getRowsGroupedByErrorCode() as $errorMessage => $rows) {
                                //echo error;

                        //TODO: Move source file to archive or some folder.

                    } else {
                        //file valid but could not import
        catch (\Exception $e){





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