Joomla Contacts import

Creating the template

A template can be created by following these steps:

  1. Go to Components -> CSVI Pro -> Templates
  2. Click New
  3. Give the template a name
  4. Set Action to Import
  5. Set Component to Joomla Contact
  6. Set Operation to Contact
  7. Click Next: Select Source
  8. Source is set default to Load from your computer. No need for change.
  9. Click Next: Select options
  10. The default values are OK, change if needed.
  11. Click Next: Select fields
  12. Nothing needed here as we set to Use column headers as configuration in step 10.
  13. Click Next: Finalize
  14. All done here
  15. Click Close to return to the list of templates or Edit if you want to fine-tune the template further.

Joomla contact import create template

Adding the template fields

Template fields can be added by following these steps:

  1. Go to Components -> CSVI Pro -> Templates
  2. Click on Template fields
  3. In the Search Tools select your template
  4. Click on New to add a single field or click on Quick Add to add multiple fields.

Quick Add

The Quick Add Option allows you to quickly add multiple fields to a template. It is not possible to set any settings per field here but that can be done after the fields have been added to the template. Joomla contact import create template fields

Required fields

  • name/alias


These fields make up the criteria to determine if the record is going to be updated or added. If all the criteria fields match an existing record, the record will be updated. If not all the criteria fields match, the record will be added.


  • name/alias

Creating the import file

As in the example file, the fields we are trying to import are listed below, more fields can be added according to the requirement. Check the available fields page in CSVI to find out which fields are available for the Joomla Contacts import.

Run the import

The import can be run by following these steps:

  1. Go to Components -> CSVI Pro -> Import
  2. Select the template created earlier
  3. Click Select file
  4. Select the file to import
  5. Click Preview
  6. You now see a preview of the file as to how CSVI sees the file
  7. Click Start import
  8. The import is run
  9. The Log details page will be shown with information regarding the import if the Enable logging is enabled in the template

Joomla contact run import


"User location";"user/user-location";"This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.";"490 E Main Street Norwich"

Example file


Further reading

CSVI also supports import of Joomla custom fields for contacts. Each custom field will be available as an import field. If you dont see the field make sure that you update your available field. Also note that alias of the custom field is used as import field as alias is unique. An example custom field import is explained below.

  1. Add an custom field from Joomla administrator menu > Components > Contacts > Fields, For example add a custom field with Title User ip address
  2. Save the custom field
  3. Go to Components -> CSVI Pro -> Available fields
  4. Update the available fields
  5. Go to Components -> CSVI Pro -> Template fields
  6. Select your Joomla contacts import template
  7. Click on New button, search for the new custom field added. Save as a template field
  8. Run the import

joomla contact import custom fields 

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