If you are building a large store with OpenCart, adding products one by one can be long repetitive process. There’s an extension that you can install that will allow you to export your current products in Excel, work offline on adding or editing new products, and importing the spreadsheet to add the new products to your store. This can save valuable time in getting your store operational.

You must have vQmod installed to use this extension. If you do not have vQmod installed and want more information about it please see our article on vQmod.

The memory requirements for this extension can be quite high. If you have more than 2,000 products in your store and are on a shared server, this plugin may not be suitable for you to use due to the high memory usage.

Installing the Bulk Import/Export Extension

  1. Download the extension from here: Bulk Export/ Import Extension for OpenCart. Be sure to scroll down the page and locate the Download tab. Download the one for your particular OpenCart version.
  2. Extract the files that you just downloaded
  3. Upload the folders “admin”, “system”, and “vqmod” and their files from the “upload” directory to your root directory of your OpenCart Store using a FTP program.opencart_export_2
  4. Login to your OpenCart Dashboard
  5. In your OpenCart Dashboard go to: System > Users > Users Group
  6. Select the Top Administrator and click Edit on the right side.opencart_export_3
  7. Find the entry for tool/export in both Access and Modify dropdown lists and place a check by clicking on their boxes.

    Now you can use the tool in your dashboard by going to: System Export/Import

Congratulations, now you know how to install the bulk import/export extension for OpenCart Products!

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2013-09-19 5:23 am
hi. i have instll the extension. everything was ok. after i change the admin from config.php. i noticed that the export/import was no found in the system of open cart dashboard. please assist. thanks
7,372 Points
2013-09-19 8:01 am
Be sure that you have uploaded the files in the correct directory for your OpenCart installation. Also, you may have a browser caching issues, in which clearing your browser cache may also help.
2013-09-19 9:32 am
error 403 appeared after i import my product data. When i want to manually insert new product or category, this error 403 appeared.
9,521 Points
2013-09-19 1:31 pm
Hello maneii,

A 403 error means access denied, so it could possibly be a permission issue with your files. We have an article on the 403 forbidden error that explains why you might be getting this.

Other than that it could be possible that you have a rule in your .htaccess file that is causing the 403 error. You might want to try to temporarily re-name your .htaccess file to something like .htaccess-BAK and see if you're still having issues, and then re-name it back if the issues are still persisting.

Please let us know if that works for you, or if you're still having problems.

- Jacob
2013-10-27 9:50 pm
Followed all instructions in the Bulk Import Export tutorial for opencart. Received the following error after I downloaded the excel file:
Fatal error: Class 'ZipArchive' not found in /home/gremilli/public_html/system/PHPExcel/Classes/PHPExcel/Writer/Excel2007.php on line 234
Please help me.
9,521 Points
2013-10-28 7:26 pm
Hello mgremillion09, and thanks for your comment.

What version of OpenCart are you running, and which version of the OpenCart Export/Import Tool are you running?

When I downloaded opencart-1-5-4-x-export-import-13.zip and took a look at the /system/PHPExcel/Classes/PHPExcel/Writer/Excel2007.php file on line 234 there is no mentions of a ZipArchive class. It sounds like possibly you don't have all of the files uploaded, or have the improper version for your version of OpenCart.

- Jacob
2014-02-03 2:17 am
Hi Dear,
I really appreciate your work can you give me the Excel Format file to test it please.
Shan Ali

7,372 Points
2014-02-03 9:09 am
Hello alirajpoot44,

Unfortunately, we do not have a file in which you may use to test this functionality. You may, however, easily create one using Excel.
n/a Points
2014-04-07 8:58 am

I already have VQMod on my Opencart site. http://rocklove.us  Will I mess it up if I upload thes files from Bulk IMpor/Export?

15,308 Points
2014-04-07 10:34 am
Hello David,

Uploading the folders over existing folders will update any older files with newer copies. It should not have any detrimental effect on them. However, I would make copies of all the folders as a backup just in case.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-04-07 10:40 am

OK I will try..after I make a backup.   What confuses me is that the Template I had installed has the admin folder.. so if I overwrite the admin folder.. well is that gonna wipe out the files for the template?

15,308 Points
2014-04-07 10:59 am
Hello David,

No, the extension will add its own files to the admin folder. Files for other extensions and templates should not be affected at all. Just be sure to make the copy so you can always roll back in case of an error.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-04-07 11:24 am

Got it to install.. BUT the "System > Export/Import" is not showing up.  The boxes are checked.  My site is "rocklove.us" hosted of course on INMotion.

7,266 Points
2014-04-07 3:21 pm
Hello David,

Thank you for your question. As a test, I setup this extension on a new installation of OpenCart, and it does work successfully.

The important part of the guide, is where it states "You must have vQmod installed to use it." Make sure you have installed vqmod in OpenCart, before attempting this guide.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,

9,521 Points
2014-04-07 3:40 pm
Hello David,

It looks like while you had already uploaded the vQmod files, it doesn't look like your /vqmod folder had the correct permissions, and it didn't look like the install was ever run which is mentioned in our vQmod for OpenCart guide.

It was also hard to tell if you had the correct version of the Import/Export tool downloaded to match your version of OpenCart. So I went ahead and insured the correct version opencart-1-5-6-x-export-import-17.zip compatible with OpenCart v1.5.6, v1.5.6.1 was used as well.

I went ahead and left a copy of admin-BAK, system-BAK, and vqmod-BAK which had you original files in them in case you ran into any issues. But it looks to be working now.

Please let us know if you had any further questions at all.

- Jacob
n/a Points
2014-04-07 3:57 pm

Hey hey hey! It's workin now..and it also now uses the coolio "OpenShop" extension that I had! That must have been it.. the Template designer installed it for me.. I am not sure if he did the VQmod though!  But all's well that ends well..nice job fellas.  THANKS!!

9,521 Points
2014-04-07 4:04 pm
Hey David,

Awesome! Glad to hear that's working for you now, no problem at all!

The vQmod install step is an easy one to miss, and we've already updated this article itself to try to make it more apparent that needs to be done for this extension to function.

- Jacob
n/a Points
2014-04-28 8:44 pm

When I click in export show the message below:

Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 67108864 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 81 bytes) in /home/MYSERVER/public_html/system/PHPExcel/Classes/PHPExcel/Style/Supervisor.php on line 123

15,484 Points
2014-04-28 9:16 pm
Hello Ivanna,

Sorry to hear about the problem. As I do not have any way to see your exact installation, then we're unable to verify the specific issue. However, I would try to first increase the memory in your PHP.INI file. Here's a tutorial that will help: Updating your local PHP settings.

Please increase the memory limit and then let us know if you continue to have the problem. We would also need at least a URL or account information to continue to investigate the issue.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2014-05-28 4:38 am

please help.

thanks in advance

when i am change the Top Administrator in modify section i will get this error...

You do not have permission to modify user groups!

7,372 Points
2014-05-28 7:57 am
Only the administrator will be able to modify their user. If you need to modify this user, using a different user, you would need to do so directly within the database using PHPMyAdmin. Otherwise, you may simply log in as that user and make the changes needed.
n/a Points
2014-06-09 12:02 pm

wORKING PERFECTLY like a charm like a charm like a charm .  :)

n/a Points
2014-06-11 7:42 am


 The buld export and import works fine for adding say 400 products. But if I try adding 1000 products, it gives and error saying exceeded maximum execution time of 30 seconds. Where should I change the configuration for the same?







7,372 Points
2014-06-11 8:44 am
You will need to adjust your php.ini file to allow for a higher execution time. To variable that you will need to change is the max_execution_time. You may also need to make your php.ini file recursive as well.
n/a Points
2014-06-18 8:39 am

hey  i have installed every thing but in group admin im not able to see. tool for bulk import/export. please help me where i m going wrong.i m testing in local host

7,372 Points
2014-06-18 8:43 am
After you have installed it, you will need to enable the extension for the user that is attempting to access it. To do so, you may follow steps 4 though 7 in this article.
n/a Points
2014-06-24 7:17 am


I installed the plugin on the website but I do not see "System > Export/Import" on the admin panel.My system version is and I have installed opencart-1-5-6-x-export-import-17.zip. Please guide us what am i missing. 




7,372 Points
2014-06-24 8:37 am
This would not appear if you have not first activated the extension for the correct user group as explained within steps 4-7. I recommend following these steps again to ensure that you did not miss anything in them.
n/a Points
2014-06-24 1:41 pm

I did assign the user access too and it says the access is there for the administrator. I rechecked the files and all the files are in their respective folder. Anything else i might have missed. 

15,484 Points
2014-06-24 1:56 pm
Hello Sneha,

Sorry for the continued problem. Before we try anything further, I need to check if you were able to install vQMod. If that's not installed correctly, then the extension will not work. For information, please go to our installing vQMOD article.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2014-06-30 4:54 am


Is there any file template available .all my trials are showing "its values are not in the expected formats!"

7,372 Points
2014-06-30 9:17 am
Could you clarify exactly where you see this error message?
n/a Points
2014-06-30 9:31 am

Hi Jeff

The mentioned problem is solved now.

One more query  - in case of non existing attributes , can it auto create attributes in a default group and then we can modify later.

This is one awesome feature I had used in WP all import (woocommerce plugin)

Just a suggestion though!!

Thanks for the great work

n/a Points
2014-07-03 5:35 pm

Uploaded file is not a valid spreadsheet file or its values are not in the expected formats!

please give me sample of xls file

9,521 Points
2014-07-03 5:44 pm
Hello Bhaskar,

I would recommend that you go ahead and Export your current products using this extension. Then you can just open up the resulting exported file and edit it to ensure your new products you're trying to import are in the appropriate format.

If you're unable to export, edit a few products and then import that info back into OpenCart. You could possibly be having an issue with the values you're entering in for your products.

Please let us know if you're still having issues.

- Jacob

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