I have a Question about the CSV import/export. Where the images do not duplicate from the already existing ones.

let me explain my issue:

I have to add 95 different products with each 3 or 4 differed images and prices. (these are flue gas pipes) so I add these 95 products manually on the Magento dashboard system. Now I have to make the same 95 products in 80 / 100 / 130 / 150 / 180 / 200 / 250 / 300 mm Ø.

Here are the only differences: Name/SKU/Price/MFSRP/URL/ and some layered navigation attributes.

So I downloaded all my products >> Deleted all products besides the 95 flue gas products I need to change >> Did the “change all option” on row Name/SKU/URL to change 150mm in 130mm >> Did Copie/paste the new prices in it and saved it as a new document.

So far so good, but when I uploaded this list (ps. 0 errors) all the images where removed in each new product.


1. The images got the exact same path as the working first manually made products. (nothing is changed in the name of the product)

Example 1 product:









2. I manually added the around 300 images and image labels to the new uploaded products (took me 5 hours of brain death repeating a routine) and now I got all the images duplicated in my FTP: /M/F/… so if I continue this path I will have 10 duplicates from each image on my sever. And I will have 50 more boring hours to go.

Can someone explain what I am doing wrong?

1 Answer 1


Unfortunately, this is how Magento works: it does not check if an uploaded or imported image is the same and always creates a new file.

To change this behavior, you would have to rewrite the media model. This free extension already does it: https://github.com/fbrnc/Aoe_ReuseImages

  • Hello Fschmengler, thank you for the fast reply. Do i understand it right that this is only an solution to save sever space? This still leaves me with 50 hours of uploading same images to products right? Jan 14, 2016 at 11:58
  • Interesting, I thought you could reference existing image paths in the CSV. If not, you can copy the images to media/import, no need to upload them in the backend for each product. Jan 14, 2016 at 12:04
  • i did a few test and found out how to get it working: when i download the datasheet i have to change for example: path /s/a/sample.jpg to /sample.jpg in this way the program changes it back to /s/a/sample_1.jpg and it works with the next duplicate. i wil try this weekend to use the extension to get rid of the image duplication. thanks for your help. Jan 14, 2016 at 16:06

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