Magento Open Source, 1.9.x
Importing Product Images

Multiple product images of each type can be imported into Magento, and associated with a specific product. The path and file name of each product image is entered in the CSV file, and the image files to be imported are uploaded to the corresponding path on the Magento server or external server, or uploaded to Media Storage.

Magento creates its own directory structure for product images that is organized alphabetically. When you export product data to a CSV file, you can see the alphabetized path before the file name of each image. However, when you import images, you typically don’t need to specify a path, because Magento manages the directory structure automatically. All you need to do is enter a forward slash before the file name of each image to be imported, and let Magento take care of the rest.

Review the steps in the import method that you want to use, and run through the process with a few products. After you understand how it works, you’ll feel confident importing large quantities of images.

Important! We recommend that you use a program that supports UTF-8 encoding to edit CSV files, such as Notepad++ or OpenOffice Calc. Microsoft Excel inserts additional characters into the column header of the CSV file, which can prevent the data from being imported back into Magento.