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    Really Simple CSV Importer

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    Alternative CSV Importer plugin. Simple and powerful, best for geeks.

    • Category support
    • Tag support
    • Custom field support
    • Smart Custom Fields support
    • Custom Field Suite support
    • Advanced Custom Fields support
    • Custom Taxonomy support
    • Custom Post Type support
    • Filter hook for dry-run-testing
    • Filter hooks for customize csv data before importing to database
    • Action hook for update post data after importing to database

    You can get example CSV files in /wp-content/plugins/really-simple-csv-importer/sample directory.

    Available column names and values:

    • ID or post_id: (int) post id.
      This value is not required. The post ID is already exists in your blog, importer will update that post data. If the ID is not exists, importer will trying to create a new post with suggested ID.
    • post_author: (login or ID) The user name or user ID number of the author.
    • post_date: (string) The time of publish date.
    • post_content: (string) The full text of the post.
    • post_title: (string) The title of the post.
    • post_excerpt: (string) For all your post excerpt needs.
    • post_status: (‘draft’ or ‘publish’ or ‘pending’ or ‘future’ or ‘private’ or custom registered status) The status of the post. ‘draft’ is default.
    • post_password: (string) The password to protect the post. The password is limited to 20 characters.
    • post_name: (string) The slug of the post.
    • post_parent: (int) The post parent id. Used for page or hierarchical post type.
    • menu_order: (int)
    • post_type: (‘post’ or ‘page’ or any other post type name) (required) The post type slug, not labels.
    • post_thumbnail: (string) The uri or path of the post thumbnail.
      E.g. or /path/to/example.jpg
    • post_category: (string, comma separated) slug of post categories
    • post_tags: (string, comma separated) name of post tags
    • tax_{taxonomy}: (string, comma separated) Any field prefixed with tax_ will be used as a custom taxonomy. Taxonomy must already exist. Entries are names or slugs of terms.
    • {custom_field_key}: (string) Any other column labels used as custom field
    • cfs_{field_name}: (string) If you would like to import data to custom fields set by Custom Field Suite, please add prefix cfs_ to column header name.
    • scf_{field_name}: (string) If you would like to import data to custom fields set by Smart Custom Fields, please add prefix scf_ to column header name.
    • comment_status: (‘closed’ or ‘open’) Default is the option ‘default_comment_status’, or ‘closed’.

    Note: Empty cells in the csv file means “keep it”, not “delete it”.
    Note: To set the page template of a page, use custom field key of _wp_page_template.
    Note: If providing a post_status of ‘future’ you must specify the post_date in order for WordPress to know when to publish your post.
    Note: If the post_type value is attachment, you can use post_thumbnail field to define media URL or path.

    Advanced Custom Fields plugin integrate

    If advanced custom field key is exists, importer will trying to use update_field function instead of built-in add_post_meta function.
    How to find advanced custom field key: Finding the field key

    Official public repository

    Add star and read future issues about rs-csv-importer on GitHub!


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    How to debug import data

    Really Simple CSV Importer Debugger add-on enables you to dry-run-testing and show more detailed post, meta, taxonomy data of each csv row.
    Download from gist.

    How to customize import post data

    There are three filters available in the importer.


    This filter is applied to post data.


    • $post – (array)(required) post data
    • $is_update – (bool) update existing post data, or insert new post data


    function really_simple_csv_importer_save_post_filter( $post, $is_update ) {
        // remove specific tag from import data
        if (isset($post['post_tags'])) {
            $_tags = array();
            foreach ($post['post_tags'] as $tag) {
                if ($tag != 'Apple') {
                    $_tags[] = $tag;
            $post['post_tags'] = $_tags;
        return $post;
    add_filter( 'really_simple_csv_importer_save_post', 'really_simple_csv_importer_save_post_filter', 10, 2 );


    This filter is applied to post meta data.


    • $meta – (array)(required) post meta data
    • $post – (array) post data
    • $is_update – (bool)


    function really_simple_csv_importer_save_meta_filter( $meta, $post, $is_update ) {
        // serialize metadata
        $meta_array = array();
        if (isset($meta['meta_key_1'])) $meta_array[] = $meta['meta_key_1'];
        if (isset($meta['meta_key_2'])) $meta_array[] = $meta['meta_key_2'];
        $meta = array( 'meta_key' => $meta_array );
        return $meta;
    add_filter( 'really_simple_csv_importer_save_meta', 'really_simple_csv_importer_save_meta_filter', 10, 3 );


    This filter is applied to post taxonomy data (categories and tags are not included, these are post data).


    • $tax – (array)(required) post taxonomy data
    • $post – (array) post data
    • $is_update – (bool)


    function really_simple_csv_importer_save_tax_filter( $tax, $post, $is_update ) {
        // Fix misspelled taxonomy
        if (isset($tax['actors'])) {
            $_actors = array();
            foreach ($tax['actors'] as $actor) {
                if ($actor == 'Johnny Dep') {
                    $actor = 'Johnny Depp';
                $_actors[] = $actor;
            $tax['actors'] = $_actors;
        return $tax;
    add_filter( 'really_simple_csv_importer_save_tax', 'really_simple_csv_importer_save_tax_filter', 10, 3 );


    This filter is applied to thumbnail data.


    • $post_thumbnail – (string)(required) the thumbnail file path or distant URL
    • $post – (array) post data
    • $is_update – (bool)


    function really_simple_csv_importer_save_thumbnail_filter( $post_thumbnail, $post, $is_update ) {
        // Import a local file from an FTP directory
        if (!empty($post_thumbnail) && file_exists($post_thumbnail)) {
            $upload_dir   = wp_upload_dir();
            $target_path  = $upload_dir['path'] . DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . basename($post_thumbnail);
            if (copy($post_thumbnail, $target_path)) {
                $post_thumbnail = $target_path;
        return $post_thumbnail;
    add_filter( 'really_simple_csv_importer_save_thumbnail', 'really_simple_csv_importer_save_thumbnail_filter', 10, 3 );

    How to customize the post data after importing to database


    This action provides availability to run some tasks after importing.

    Example: Download image from remote url to custom field (Download from gist)

    How to customize the importing process entirely


    This filter provides availability to completely replace the RS_CSV_Importer#save_post method.

    Example: Update row based on a custom field ID/key match (Download from gist)

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