I am importing data using DataGrab and need to be able to link image files correctly in the File field.

I tried using this for the path to the image file:


However, it doesn't work. What is the correct way to do this?

Here are the values I am uploading:

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I remember running into this and the problem for me was running Synchronize ( Content > Files > File Upload Preferences ) for the upload destination. You also have to have previously uploaded the images yourself via ftp, as DataGrab doesn't do that. Here's a good rundown from the developer on images from a forum thread:

I am currently writing some better documentation on how to import images, but in the meantime, this is the best way to do it:

1) DataGrab won’t actually copy the images to the new server - you’ll have to FTP them to a valid File Upload directory.

When you have copied the files to the correct place, you’ll need to synchronise the folder from the Control Panels Content > Files > File Upload Preferences page.

2) The images will need in the correct format in the CSV/XML file.

This format is {filedir_1}your_image_name.jpg where the 1 is the id of the upload folder you have copied the files to. You can usually do this with a search and replace in the file.

  • Hi, it sounds like I am pretty close as I have done almost exactly that. The photos have been uploaded to the server and I did sync it. I just need to go back and double check. I will append the entry above to reflect a row of data.
    – forrest
    Commented Jun 5, 2013 at 16:47
  • If you look in the db in exp_files are there any rows created reflecting the image import at all? Commented Jun 5, 2013 at 17:01
  • Hi Romans 8, I looked in the images folder and there was one image that was preventing syncing and someone else had uploaded images to the wrong folder, so it was a combination of issues. However, the {filedir_x} prefix on the images does work and synching is the proper step 2. Thanks for your help.
    – forrest
    Commented Jun 5, 2013 at 17:04
  • Glad you got it:) Commented Jun 5, 2013 at 17:09

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