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Upload Items to a Catalog With a Data Feed File

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Last updated: Jan 26, 2021

Upload Items to a Catalog With a Data Feed File

A data feed is a spreadsheet file that allows you to bulk upload many items to your catalog at once. You can either upload your file once or set up a scheduled feed to update your catalog hourly, daily or weekly. You can upload multiple data feeds to your catalog, but they must all contain different items.

Note: The steps below are to upload a new data feed. To update an existing one, follow the steps to update a data feed instead.

Before you begin

  • Create a data feed file that contains information about your inventory. Make sure your file is in CSV, TSV or XML (RSS/ATOM) format and includes the required fields for your inventory type.
  • Optional: If you want to set up scheduled feed uploads, you'll need to save your file on a file hosting website first and have your URL ready. Learn more about scheduled feed uploads.

Upload a new data feed file to a catalog

To upload a new data feed file to a catalog:

  1. Go to Commerce Manager and select your catalog.
  2. Open the Catalog tab and go to Data Sources.
  3. Select Add Items.
  4. Select Use Bulk Upload followed by Next.
  5. Select an upload option for your data feed. If your inventory changes frequently, select Scheduled feed to set up an hourly, daily or weekly upload schedule. Or, if your inventory doesn’t change very often, select File upload to do a one-time upload. Select Next.
  6. Note: We now support a third upload option, Google Sheets. Learn how to add and manage catalog inventory with Google Sheets.

Depending which upload option you selected in step 5, continue your upload with the steps below.

Set up a scheduled feed

To set up scheduled feed uploads, you'll need to save your file on a file hosting website like Dropbox or Google Drive and tell us the URL. The file size limit for scheduled uploads is 8 GB.

  1. Enter the URL where your file is hosted. The URL must begin with http, https, ftp or sftp. It must link to your downloadable feed file, not your website, Facebook Page or somewhere else. If your file is password protected, enter your login details. When you’re finished, select Next.
  2. Select whether you want scheduled uploads to happen hourly, daily or weekly and the time you want them to happen. You can also choose to add automatic updates so your catalog is updated whenever we detect a new file version on your host website. Select Next.
  3. Enter a name for your scheduled feed.
  4. Select a default currency. If the prices in your data feed don't include an ISO currency code, this default currency will display in any ads or commerce channels connected to your catalog.
  5. Select Upload or Next.
  6. If your data feed has any column naming issues, you may see these listed. For example, there might be a misspelled column (field) name or one we don't support. Under Column Issues, match columns in your file to our required columns. Under Unrecognizable Columns, you can also match any columns we don't recognize to ones we support. Then, select Start Upload. We'll create data feed rules to automatically map these columns for future uploads of this data feed.

You've set up scheduled feed uploads. From now on, to update your catalog inventory, edit your data feed and save it again on your hosting website. We'll fetch the item information from your URL and update your catalog at scheduled times. To change your schedule or upload a new version sooner, go to Data Sources under Catalog, select your data feed and go to its Settings tab. You can edit options under Schedules.

Upload your file as a one-time upload

If you don't update your inventory very often, you can choose to upload your file as a one-time upload.

  1. Optional: To check a sample of your file for errors, select Check File. Copy and paste several rows from your file into the debugger tool that opens in a new tab or window and select Validate. If you see any errors, refer to our data feed troubleshooting guide to fix them before you upload your file.
  2. Drag and drop your file from your computer or select Upload File to search for and select it. The file size limit for one-time uploads is 100 MB. Select Next.
  3. Enter a name for your file.
  4. Select a default currency. If the prices in your file don't include an ISO currency code, this default currency will display in any ads or commerce channels connected to your catalog.
  5. Select Upload or Next.
  6. If your data feed has any column naming issues, you may see these listed. For example, there might be a misspelled column (field) name or one we don't support. Under Column Issues, match columns in your file to our required columns. Under Unrecognizable Columns, you can also match any columns we don't recognize to ones we support. Then, select Start Upload. We'll create data feed rules to automatically map these columns for future uploads of this data feed.

You've uploaded items to your catalog with a single file upload. When you want to update your items in the future, update your data feed in Data Sources.

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