How To Import and Manage Products in Shopify

Today let’s have a look at how you can import products to your Shopify store using a CSV file.  For those of you already running a Shopify store this will allow you to update multiple products at one time from one file which will save you time.

Exporting products from Shopify

Exporting Products from Shopify

Now if you’ve never created products in your Shopify store before you may want to skip to the next section where we look at grabbing the default CSV template to create products from scratch in your Shopify store.  For those of you interested in exporting products from Shopify to make changes and re-import this will quickly show you just how you can do that.

Step 1: Log into your Shopify store and click on the “Products” tab.

Step 2: Click on the “Export products” link.

Step 3: You can either choose to select “all products” or “currently shown products”.

Step 4: Lastly, you can add, delete and edit products in your CSV file and get ready to import them back into Shopify (We will cover this next).

Importing products into Shopify

Importing Products into Shopify

Now that we’ve looked at exporting and managing products in a CSV file we will now cover just how you can go about importing them for the first time or re-importing to overwrite your existing products in a few easy steps.

Step 1: Log into your Shopify store and click on the “Products” tab.

Step 2: Click on the “Import products” link (as seen above).

Importing products into Shopify

Step 3: Next, I want to focus on one area of the import page and as you can see below this gives you the ability to use a generic CSV file if you don’t have any products currently in your Shopify store, or if you are importing or re-importing products into Shopify you can choose from 2 options when importing your CSV file including…

  1. Ignore products that already exist
  2. Overwrite existing products

Once you’ve found your existing CSV file you can then upload it into Shopify.  Using CSV files to manage your existing products or import new ones will save you time instead of using the standard interface to create products so this is definitely worth spending the time to learn so that you can quickly update your products and move on to the next task.


  1. says

    Hi Luc,
    sorry to trouble you – I am a bit desperate for help – I tried to import my products from Shopify into my wordpress site, but i ahve nothing but the titles of the products sprawled accross each page of the site – it looks terrible -but I can’t find a way of getting rid of it -I’ve deleted everything I can find relating to shopify, but cant fidn the offending file – can you help?

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