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DataGrab

Developer

Andrew Weaver

3rd Party (Commercial)
Current Version: 1.8.0
Release Date: Aug 28, 2013

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  • Updater
  • Multi Site Manager
  • Stand Alone Entry Form
  • Low Variables
  • Content Elements
  • Better Workflow
  • Matrix
  • Grid
  • Entry API
  • Publisher

Requirements

  • jQuery for the Control Panel

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Editor's Pick
Each month the devot:ee staff picks an add-on that's especially well thought out, well built, and useful. They're add-ons that we love and think you will too!

DataGrab was chosen in April 2014.

DataGrab is the new, improved way to import data into ExpressionEngine 2.

DataGrab makes importing data:

Easier. Imports are set-up using a simple step-by-step module.

More powerful. Subsequent runs of the import can now update values that have changed, along with even more features.

More flexible. A new plug-in mechanism makes it easier to create new types of import of different types of data.

Why use DataGrab?

Among the countless uses are:

  • Importing initial content into a new site
  • Aggregating data from your various websites from around the internet, such as twitter or flickr (using RSS feeds or APIs)
  • Keeping product stock or price details synchronised with an external system

If you want to harness EE’s powerful, built-in functionality (flexible templating, search, archives), DataGrab makes your data easily available as a channel entry.

Summary of features

  • Import data from RSS/ATOM feeds, CSV files and XML files. Other datatypes can be added.
  • Map data values to a channel’s custom fields
  • Assign categories to each entry
  • Assign entries to an author
  • Imports can be saved and re-run — ideal for a tumblelogr
  • Entries can be updated if the source data changes — keep data synchronised

Related links

DataGrab Links

This entry was created June 4, 2010, 4:57 pm.
This entry was last updated April 1, 2014, 11:06 am.

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37 Reviews:

locusinteractive 09.04.14

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Simply Awesome!!!!! Really easy to setup and use.

petenice 03.06.14

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DataGrab saved the day because I was able to match up relationship fields. Thank you DataGrab!

Creazione siti web 12.05.13

Creazione siti web
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Great AddOn and very fast support, datagrab do a very great job!

Eric Nelson 08.28.13

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Worth the small price for all the features and it works great. There were a few minor things to work through but the personal support for this product is beyond excellent!

ucberkeley 08.12.13

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This plugin is buggy and requires hacks that are poorly documented.  Support is very poor, despite the older reviews raving about it.  I’m going to try Solspace which gets rave reviews.

douggdev 06.19.13

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Wow, exactly what I was looking for.  Maps data directly to channels.  Cron URLs to hit for automation.  Saving of import profiles. 

If you need to import a lot of data into channel entries, you can’t go wrong.

Saved me A LOT of time.

areichert 03.27.13

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Great support. Very useful add-on. Thanks!!

Birdie 03.12.13

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This is fantastic, really wish I had it before now. 1000 new entries, including Playa relationships and Matrix galleries, done in 5 mins. My client is thrilled about how much time this will save them.

Good, fast support, and an active Support forum. Really great work.

Dom & Tom, Inc 01.17.13

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Great add-on! As mentioned, moveable type support is present, but multiple categories don’t work without a small modification, seen here: https://gist.github.com/d7ba6fd96b953f4e0c20. Download the original datatype file here: http://brandnewbox.co.uk/products/datatype/movabletype-squarespace

Conor Higgins 01.08.13

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Support is second to none and the add-on itself is outstanding, and fairly easily extended for any unique practices you may have.

pixelcamp 10.10.12

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Great support for this - very impressed!

advg 08.29.12

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OK plugin - if you’re lucky. Had issues parsing some valid XML which I had to work around, then had new issues with plugin unable to open files. Received poor support. Solspace Importer is more expensive but worked perfectly, and their support I had for another one of their plugins was great.

bangkokwebdesign 07.18.12

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Decent App, 0 support. I initially purchased it for one project he said “I’ll get back to you” 1 month later I hired somebody else to do it.

Then again need it for another project again “I’ll get back to you ASAP” IF you buy it, prepare to be on your own.

noregt 07.03.12

noregt
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This is a great Add-on that makes it easily possible to sync csv files with a super-easy interface. Support is very slow or none, so use it as it is.

Hilversum 03.15.12

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Fabulous add-on, worth it’s weight in golden stuff! Works beautifully with MSM as well, plus the support has been stellar…This is one module that every developer should have near them.

Zac Gordon 02.26.12

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Love how easy this plugin makes to import WordPress sites!!!

http://brandnewbox.co.uk/support/details/importing_data_into_expressionengine_2_from_wordpress

Brennan Novak 02.20.12

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Works great, but only some of the time. I cannot get it to work with FeedBurner feeds and other people are experiencing the same issue. The support is completely non-existant. I even offered to pay for the developer license and got no response to a personal email. The forums aren’t that active.

itsproof 01.17.12

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Brilliant, powerful little extension which works a treat. We had 600 stockists that needed importing from an old database. Once we’d nailed the CSV, DataGrab imported all new records in about 7 seconds. Worth every penny!

simplesoul 12.14.11

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Plugin works great. Support is also excellent. Must have to synchronize data with external systems.
Great plugin.

SteveG 11.28.11

SteveG
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The plugin works great, the support has been less non-existent. Have left messages on their forums and direct emails with zero reply. If you’re needing additional functionality that doesn’t already exist or is in development, don’t expect an update soon.

padstow 11.08.11

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A LIFESAVER for me, after convincing a client to leave Blogger and move to Expression Engine - I thought I was going to be hand-keying all the current entries into the new website.  Thank you, thank you!  Not without it’s quirks and usability issues, but saved me hours and hours of time!

John F Morton 11.03.11

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This is a very welcome add on for me. EE1 had a Moveable Type importer, DataGrab does too, if you dig into their support forums here: http://brandnewbox.co.uk/forums/viewthread/242/ Very handy.

huelabs 09.27.11

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HUGE timesaver for migrating data. A must have for those who prefer a GUI.

JCDerrick 06.27.11

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A huge time saver when transferring data. We had an older EE1 site we didn’t feel comfortable upgrading to EE2, so we used datagrab to migrate our data. I think once Matrix fields are supported, this is going to be one of the best add-ons available for EE. Worth every penny.

Mike Combs 06.14.11

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This saved countless hours to load initial import, and regularly update (1-way sync) existing content. The UI is a little rough and the docs are incomplete, but you’ll find everthing you need in the forum and support is fine. Supports file fields and checkboxes too, but not P&T fieldtypes.

lakeo 05.07.11

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I reckon this little number has saved me hours of messing about….

Love it…don’t question its value!  I hope Andrew continues to build on this plugin to make it even better

Derek Hogue 04.11.11

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An incredible time saver, and a must-have for any site being migrated from another platform, especially since EE2 lost the Moveable Type import.

Guy 02.09.11

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Excellent plugin – can save you significant time and effort loading data.  Additionally the developer is great, I recently had an issue after upgrading to the latest build of ExpressionEngine and the developer quickly and very professionally worked with me to resolve the issue.

impact-communications 02.09.11

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After doing 11 hours of data entry into one of our sites, our database crashed and we were left with nothing.  Using DataGrab and some SQL manipulation after-the-fact, we were able to lift all of the entries from the original CMS and store them as a CSV; popping them in was simple!  AMAZING addon.

Causing Effect - Aaron Waldon 01.13.11

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I needed to move content from an old site for a large project with hundreds of different entries. I used http://bit.ly/6hnI5t to scrape the content into HTML tables, converted them to CSV in Excel, and imported into EE using DataGrab. Literally saved hours of time and no data entry! Thanks Andrew!

Jason Turcotte 12.13.10

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Made importing a CSV file VERY simple. Great add-on!

Rory 11.12.10

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Amazing add on. Saved me a ton of time by allowing me to import an entire blog very quickly, including time to install the module. It even brought in the inline images in the text fields. The developer added squarespace/moveable type imports SAME DAY on my request. Perfect.

kellypacker 11.04.10

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The ability to save imports is brilliant. Lots of configuration choices that allow you to configure it to work for you. Also contacted the dev about playa support and it now works to import relationships. Two thumbs way up.

stephT 10.11.10

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Wonderful. Works as promised. It took a quick hour to setup an import, create a basic data structure holder for the CSV and sitback! The ability to automate subsequent imports based on a CSV file opens up the possibility of working with data from an external file directly exported from Excel

Philip 09.02.10

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Fantastic add-on that saved me hours of copy paste work. Highly recommended.

Lea 08.04.10

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I helped beta this product before launch and let me tell you: lifesaver. Andrew has created a great add-on here, and he’s also quite responsive. :) Thumbs up!

Jonathan McGaha 07.26.10

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I had used the older version of this for EE1.6 and it always was kind of clunky.

This version however is AMAZING. You click to upload your spreadsheet and then a wizard takes you step by step to import your data. Worked flawlessly.