Exporting or importing inventory with a CSV file

If you have a single location, then you can export an inventory CSV file that contains your inventory quantities at that location. You can use that exported CSV file as a template to update the inventory quantities. Then you can import the CSV file to update Shopify with the inventory quantities for each product.

If you manage inventory across locations, then see Exporting or importing inventory with a CSV file for multiple locations.

Inventory CSV file format

The inventory CSV file contains information that uniquely identifies products and product variants and their inventory quantities at your location. It's similar to other CSV files that you use with Shopify, but has different columns.

If you plan to import your inventory amounts, then you need to create a CSV file that has the following columns:

  • Handle - Handles are unique names for each product. They can contain letters, dashes, and numbers, but no spaces. A handle is used in the URL for each product.
  • Title - The Title column is optional. If you include it, then the values can be left blank.
  • Option1 Name - If a product has an option, then enter its name. For example, Color. If a product has no options, then this should be set to Title.
  • Option1 Value - If a product has an option, then enter its value. For example, Black. For products that have no options, this should be set to Default Title.
  • Option2 Name - As above, but can be left blank.
  • Option2 Value - As above, but can be left blank.
  • Option3 Name - As above, but can be left blank.
  • Option3 Value - As above, but can be left blank.
  • SKU - The SKU column is optional. If you include it, then the values can be left blank. Currently in Shopify, SKUs do not need to be unique.
  • Quantity - The amount of inventory in the location. The number can be positive, negative, or 0.

To uniquely identify a variant, specify values for the Handle, Option1 Value, Option2 Value, and Option3 Value columns.

Your inventory CSV file must be in the correct format and needs to have a .csv file extension.

Export inventory

You can export an inventory CSV file either to create a template that contains your uniquely identified products or product variants for the location, or to export the inventory quantities for use in other systems or processes.

Steps:

  1. Go to Products > Inventory.
  2. Click Export.
  3. Specify the rows that you want to export.
  4. Click Export inventory.

Import inventory

Before you import inventory, make sure that you have created a CSV file in the correct file format.

The import procedure updates (overwrites) inventory quantities only. It doesn’t create a location or update the values that identify products.

Importing inventory quantities overwrites your inventory data, so you should import your inventory only when other inventory adjustments, such as ongoing sales or manual changes, aren’t taking place.

Steps:

  1. Go to Products > Inventory.
  2. Click Import.
  3. Choose your CSV file.
  4. Click Import inventory.
  5. Verify what you intend to import, and then click Start import.

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