I want to import product images from external url in default import section (not in dataflow). I have already tried http://www.blog.magepsycho.com/how-to-import-product-images-from-external-url-in-magento/

  • Did you see the comment below that from Jaro explaining a change for 1.7
    – seb
    Commented Feb 17, 2015 at 13:57
  • You can use our commercial extension Improved Import for import product images from external URL firebearstudio.com/improved-import.html
    – FireBear
    Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 11:24

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It's not possible in default Magento. I suggest you add a preprocessing step which downloads the files into /media/import/.

  • Can you please tell me how and where? Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 9:35
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    For example, you could add a bash script using wget. Or you could create a PHP script which can be called on the shell which downloads the files using Zend_Http_Request. Or use any other programming language. Personally, I'd use FastSimpleImport (avstudnitz.github.io/AvS_FastSimpleImport) and include that in a Magento PHP script. FastSimpleImport can download images on the fly if you provide the URL in the _media_image field. If you are no developer, you can either hire one or download the image files manually into media/import/. Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 14:16

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