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The Import/Export Application

The Import/Export Application

The SobiPro Import/Export application enables to import entries and categories to a SobiPro section from a CSV File and to export entries and categories from a SobiPro section to a CSV or XML file.


  • Import entries from a CSV file
  • Export entries to a CSV or XML file
  • Export all entries of a section or only the entries of a category and its subcategories
  • Import categories from a CSV file
  • Export categories to a CSV or XML file
  • Export all categories of a section or only one category and its subcategories
  • CLI export of entries
  • CLI import of entries
  • History logging for entries' import
  • Simply mode (human readable) or structured (re-import) field data export
  • Import of empty values possible to delete field's content
  • Flexible field assignment; no fix data structure required
  • Data separator signs adjustable
  • Different import and export patterns storable
  • Import and export patterns can be exported, imported and transferred
  • Updating Mode to update existing entries
  • Older exports are stored in archives
  • Adapters available for most of SobiPro fields
Import Categories Settings
Import Categories Fields Configuration
Export Entries Settings
Export Entries Fields Configuration
Export Entries
Import Entries Settings
Import Entries Fields Configuration

Available languages:

Arabic (ar-AA)Brazilian Portuguese (pt-BR)Catalan (ca-ES)Chinese (zh-CN)Croatian (hr-HR)Czech (cs-CZ)Dutch (nl-NL)English (en-GB)Finnish (fi-FI)French (fr-FR)German (de-DE)Greek (el-GR)Hebrew (he-IL)Hungarian (hu-HU)Indonesian (id-ID)Italian (it-IT)Japanese (ja-JP)Latvian (lv-LV)Persian/Farsi (fa-IR)Polish (pl-PL)Russian (ru-RU)Slovak (sk-SK)Spanish (es-ES)Swedish (sv-SE)Thai (th-TH)Turkish (tr-TR)Vietnamese (vi-VN)

SImport/Export Application Installation

Installation of the Import/Export application with the built-in application manager

SInstallation of Import/Export Application via Repository

Installation of the Import/Export application via SobiPro repository

freeUpdate a SobiPro application

Update notifications and updating SobiPro applications

SActivation of Import/Export Application

Activation of the Import/Export application for a section

freeAdapters for Import/Export Application

List of available adapters for the Import/Export application

SStructure references for Import/Export Application

Description of the data structure used by the Import/Export application

SExport Entries with Import/Export Application

Export entries with the Import/Export application

SImport Entries with Import/Export Application

Import entries with the Import/Export application

SExport Categories with Import/Export Application

Export categories with the Import/Export application

SImport Categories with Import/Export Application

Import categories with the Import/Export application

freeCSV Format

Description of CSV Format (comma separated value)
Tags: csv | export | import

SCommand Line Interface (CLI) of Import/Export Application

Import and export of entries and categories using the command line interface (CLI) of the Import/Export application
The Import/Export Application
Version: 3.0
Joomla 3.xSobiPro 1.5.3
Last update: 24 June 2020
Author: Sigrid & Radek Suski
License: GNU/GPL V3
MD5: 0bbe901144aa60dea6a9b0872de7220c
Filesize: 189.5 kB
To download this file a Gold Subscription or Imex Subscription is needed.
Do you like The Import/Export Application? Please leave a review at Joomla Extensions Directory!
Remarks: Only field types can be imported and exported for which an adapter is available!
  • XML Import
  • Multi-language support
Download Statistics:

Recent version: 132

All versions from site: 6987

All versions from repository: 7811

Total Downloads: 14798


3.0 (24 June 2020)

(+) History logging for entries
(+) Simple mode added for calendar field, image field, gallery field, url field, email field, download field, profile field
(+) Export only of entries and categories which belong to a selected category and its children
(+) Possibility to import empty values to clear fields
(!) Errors shown in red colour and warnings in orange colour
(!) If a given id is not numerical the row will be skipped (potentially a header line)
(!) Calendar field export data simplified (removal of unnecessary data)
(!) Image and gallery field export data simplified (removal of unnecessary data)
(!) Image and gallery fields use alias for image folder name in export archive
(#) DOMDocument::load may be called statically, but will issue an E_STRICT error (PHP 7.3)
(#) PHP 7.2 incompatibility warnings
(#) Problem when importing images/gallery when creating placeholder for primary category
(#) Global Configuration, ACL and Extensions back-end menus not protected by ACL settings
(#) Multi-values separator pipe and semicolon don't work for import (Issue #19)
(#) Arabic language file name corrected
(#) Fields not suitable for import/export are shown in the Available Fields list

2.4 (25 June 2019)

(+) Gallery field adapters added
(!) Language files updated
(#) Entries are always imported to temporary folder because no data found (Issue #17)
(#) Gallery field import fails with 'Call to undefined method SPImexEntry::getPrimary()'

2.3 (30 April 2018)

(+) Mobile ready
(+) Possibility to import/export category icon, introtext, description and their parameters
(+) Possibility to skip fields while importing category data
(+) Error message if no fields selected in the configuration
(+) Owner name can be exported in category export
(+) Export and import for category fields added
(+) Adapter for Button field
(+) Select list field adapter extended to support dependency
(+) Adapter for Profile field
(+) Not im-/exportable fields not shown in lists (needs SobiPro 1.4.6+)
(+) Adapter for Gallery field (needs SobiPro 1.4.6+ and Gallery field 1.1+)
(+) Category export to XML file implemented
(+) Category export and import via CLI implemented
(+) CLI parameter help=1 shows possible arguments
(!) Left column more wide
(!) Adaption to SobiPro 1.4 back-end layout (plus new color scheme)
(!) Changed ssid column to size of 100 because of issue with utf8mb4 collation
(!) Limited set of separators (comma,semicolon,pipe) to avoid 'data trash'
(!) Usage of Sobi Framework
(!) Default pattern will be saved as 'defaultcopy'
(!) Conditional requirement for /cms/version/version.php (cron jobs no longer worked with new Joomla)
(!) Usage of new image library (needs SobiPro 1.4.6+)
(!) Database collation for new installations changed to utf8mb4_unicode_ci
(!) Database character set for new installations changed to utf8mb4
(!) Database engine for new installations changed to InnoDB

(#) Duplications of categories while importing
(#) Workaround for Joomla 3.7 sessions issue in CLI script
(#) Saving XML file on server didn't work (export as xml file)
(#) Moving selected fields outside the list is possible (Issue #4)
(#) Non importable fields from transfer pattern export to import are removed without adding skip cell
(#) Export method wasn't stored in the pattern
(#) Category names not saved in XML file if they contain ampersand
(#) Category fields appear in entries import/export list (Issue #5)
(#) Missing settings for categoryFont and cateroryFontClass added (Issue #10)
(#) Categories aren't imported to correct parent item (Issue #1)
(#) If not set to be resized, large image was not created
(#) Thumbnail was generated nevertheless if it should
(#) If set, original image will now be deleted
(#) If set, image will now be cropped
(#) If available, Exif data will now be read
(#) Import of simple date data (calendar field) as exported fixed (Issue #13)
(#) Remove spaces from email import data
(#) Simple import from CSV files when importing via CLI works now
(#) Entries are imported to a category within an other section (Issue #16)

2.2 (7 April 2016)

(#) Wrong installation path for models (Issue #1556)
(#) Import of more than 100 categories at once not possible (Issue #1444)
(#) Import of published but not approved entries are visible at front-end (Issue #1471)
(!) Removed 'categories' from fields list; it should be handled via the category field
(!) Fits to Joomla! 3.5 in CLI script

2.1 (21 January 2016)

(+) Catalan, Indonesian, Italian, Latvian, Dutch and Portuguese-Brazilian languages added (thanks to our translation teams; some languages are translated only partially)
(#) Imex does not work with SobiPro 1.2.1 (Issue #1546)
(#) Transfer pattern to export view wrongly labelled (Issue #1458)

2.0 (28 January 2015)

(+) Full compatibility with SobiPro 1.1
(+) Adapter added for Calendar Field
(+) Adapter added for Download Field
(+) Adapter added for Aggregation Field
(+) Adapter added for Category Field
(+) Creating of archives of previous done exports
(+) Arabic, Czech, Chinese, Greek, Spanish, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Croatian, Hungarian, Japanese, Persian, Russian, Slovak, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese languages added (thanks to our translation teams; some languages are translated only partially)
(+) Category Import and Export added
(+) CLI export of entries implemented
(+) CLI import of entries implemented
(+) Possibility to export, import and transfer settings (pattern)

(#) Owners set to '0' aren't imported correctly in non-update mode. (Issue #1374)
(#) CreatedTime cannot be imported in Non-Updating mode (Issue #1301)
(#) Issues with IE and Safari (Issue #705)
(#) ImEx doesn't include updatedTime data (Issue #703)

0.6 (26 April 2012)

(+) Swedish and Polish language added (thanks to our translation teams)
(!) Moved log to a file instead of DB session
(!) Forcing exit in JSON response; some Joomla! plugins do not respect the raw format
(!) Added few catch points to continue operation if an error occurred
(!) Checking if an entry exists while import in update mode
(!) Checking if entry is in the right section while import in update mode
(!) Checking if a category is in the right section while import

(#) GeoMap adapter missing section id
(#) Alias not being created on import for new entries
(#) Fields data not imported if contain a zero
(#) Base fields data are not imported in update mode

0.5 - first release (1 March 2012)

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