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Importing catalog data

This topic explains options for importing catalog data between e-commerce sites.

Classes in this topic are in the following namespaces:

  • Mediachase.Commerce.Catalog
  • Mediachase.Commerce.Storage

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Note

You should not import data directly into the catalog system database unless you have a full understanding of how it works.

Import scenarios and options

You can import catalog data using these methods described in the following:

Using the import/export API 

You can import and export catalogs through Catalog.ImportExport, see examples in the following.

//Import
    
    try
     {
         var catalogImportExport = new CatalogImportExport()
         {
               //Should only be true when the application does not have access to the catalog models.
               IsModelsAvailable = true
         };
         catalogImportExport.Import(new FileStream("pathtoZip"), true);
     }
     catch (Exception exception)
     {
         LogManager.GetLogger().Error(exception.Message, exception);
     }
    
    
    //Export 
    try
     {
         var catalogImportExport = new CatalogImportExport()
         {
               //Should only be true when the application does not have access to the catalog models.
               IsModelsAvailable = true
         };
         catalogImportExport.Export("catalogName", new FileStream("pathtoZip"), "");
     }
     catch (Exception exception)
     {
         LogManager.GetLogger().Error(exception.Message, exception);
     };

Using the Service API

You can also use the Optimizely Service API to manage imports and exports of catalog data, see Catalog service.

Managing versions when importing

To improve performance by eliminating previous versions, see Clear version history for saved catalog content.


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