Magento Open Source 2.2.x


The best way to become familiar with the structure of your database is to export the data and open it in a spreadsheet. Once you become familiar with the process, you’ll find that it is an efficient way to manage large amounts of information.

Special characters — such as the equal sign, greater and less than symbols, single and double quotes, backslash, pipe, and ampersand symbols — can cause problems during data transfer. To ensure that such special characters are correctly interpreted, they can be marked as an “escape sequence.” For example, if the data includes a string of text such as code=”str”,code=”str2”, choosing to enclose the text in double quotes ensures that the original double quotes are understood to be part of the data. When the system encounters a double set of double quotes, it understands that the outer set of double quotes is enclosing the actual data.

To export data:

1. On the Admin sidebar, tap System. Then under  Data Transfer, choose Export.
2. In the Export Settings section, specify the following:
a. Set Entity Type to one of the following:
  • Products
  • Customers Main File
  • Customer Addresses
b. Accept the default Export File Format of “CSV.”
c. If you want to enclose any special characters that might be found in the data as an “escape sequence,” mark the Fields Enclosure checkbox.

Export Settings
3. The Entity Attributes section lists all the available attributes in alphabetical order. You can use the standard list controls to search for specific attributes, and to sort the list. The Search and Reset Filter controls control the display of the list, but have no effect on the selection of attributes to be included in the export file.

Filtered Entity Attributes
4. To filter the exported data based on attribute value, do the following:
5. Scroll down and tap  Continue  in the lower-right corner of the page.

Look for the download prompt in the lower-right corner of your browser. The exported CSV file can be saved or opened in a spreadsheet. You can edit the data and import it back into your store.