Smart Import Export

Smart Import Export is an EE extension launched by ZealousWeb Technologies. It has user-friendly modules that allow you to import effortlessly and export channel data in JSON, XML, and CSV formats.

  • Easy to Install and use.
  • Exports and Imports channel entries without writing queries. (channel-wise)
  • It supports MSM sites.
  • It handles large entries while exporting and importing.
  • It allows filtering entries by their Status for Export.
  • It exports and imports all the primary data such as Channel title, URL title, Entry date, Author, Status, Categories, etc.
  • It allows the user to choose the custom fields while exporting and importing.
  • It allows users to Map data values to a channel’s fields while importing.
  • It supports all default field types for export.
  • It supports third-party field types:
    • Assets
    • Wygwam
    • Smart Members Field
    • Tags
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Details and Compatibility

Item Code zosie
Type Expression Engine
PHP Versions PHP 7.x
Version Support ExpressionEngine 4, ExpressionEngine 5, ExpressionEngine 6, ExpressionEngine 7
Server Requirements PHP 7.4 or higher
Possible Applications/Usage ExpressionEngine
Publish Date March 28, 2022
Last Updated November 04, 2022

What's Included

Plugin zip file
1 Year subscriptions

What's Not Included


Smart Import Export is an EE extension launched by ZealousWeb Technologies. It has user-friendly modules that allow you to import effortlessly and export channel data in JSON, XML, and CSV formats. 

In this case, you do not need to write any queries, which is considered its best part. Again, this Channel Entries Import Export ExpressionEngine (EE) module can be called a robust tool that one can use for importing and exporting the data of default field types along with the third-party field types. 

ZWT’s Smart Import Export extension is straightforward to use and install. It again effectively supports MSM sites. This particular Channel Entries Import Export ExpressionEngine (EE) add-on can handle large entries while importing and exporting. With its help, you can easily filter entries by their Status for Export. 

It also can import and export all the primary data like Entry date, URL title, Channel title, Categories, Status, Author, and a lot more. As a user, you can effortlessly select the custom fields while importing and exporting. 

Again, while importing, this Channel Entries Import Export ExpressionEngine (EE) extension lets users Map data values to a channel’s fields. It supports not only all default field types for export but also the third-party field types, which incorporate Tags, Smart Members Field, Wigwam, and Assets. 

This Channel Entries Import Export ExpressionEngine (EE) add-on comes with cron functionality. With the integration of time-based scheduling abilities, this specific add-on now makes it highly convenient for the users to schedule a recurring import with cron. So, it means that this extension lets you run imports automatically at regular intervals. 

ZealousWeb has also focused on adding multiple new functionalities to its ‘Smart Import Export’ extension, and among these, the latest one is the cron functionality. This add-on is compatible with EE4, EE5, and EE6. Thus, if you want to free yourself from the hassle of writing queries, you must install this extension in your website. 

Follow below steps to install Smart Import Export version:

EE3, EE4, EE5, EE6 and EE7:

  • Download and Extract ZIP file of the module. (We recommend to use latest version.)
  • Copy “SmartImportExport > system > user > addons > smart_import_export” folder to “Your Site > system > user > addons” Folder.
  • Copy “SmartImportExport > themes > user > smart_import_export” folder to “Your Site > themes > user” Folder.
  • Login to backend panel with Super admin credentials.
  • Go to “Developer > Add-Ons” and Install Smart Import Export module.
  • It exports and imports the entries by CSV, XML, and JSON formats.
  • It supports Relationship fields to export/import and facilitates users to choose the base of relationship entries to export. i.e., Title, URL title, Entry ID.
  • It supports Grid and Fluid fields to export and import.
  • It supports Relationship fields inside Grid and Fluid fields for export and import.
  • It supports Grid fields inside the Fluid field. Supports each relationship field that is inside the GRID. (That GRID is inside Fluid).
  • It supports Images export and import by its URLs.

Which filetype generated by this add-on

This add-on generates only CSV and JSON file types in export.

Which filetype supports for import by this add-on

This add-on generates only CSV, XML, and JSON file types in import.

Is this add-on working with CRON job

Yes, it supports.

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Last Update: November 04, 2022

  • Fixed MariaDB column length issue


Last Update: June 02, 2188

  • Fixed subscription module in latest copy


Last Update: January 04, 2189

  • Fixed date filter issue.


Last Update: December 04, 2188

  • Fixed Fluid field and JSON import issues.


Last Update: July 09, 2190

  • Asset import with XML issue solved when xml tag have more than one URL.
  • Removed “se–” and add “item” tag during export to set the array of the column.


Last Update: January 09, 2187

  • JSON import functionality changes and new setting parameter added in JSON import.


Last Update: April 09, 2185

  • Bug fixing.


Last Update: November 30, 2021

  • Added new option in CSV import while there is no encloser in the data
  • Solved a bug while user select a field other than title URL title field for the duplicate check in Third party XML datatype import


Last Update: August 04, 2021

  • Added file_grid field type support
  • Solved some bugs for third party add-ons
  • solved some issues for the category import


Last Update: June 02, 2021

  • Solved issue for the CSV Delimiter and Encloser issue


Last Update: March 03, 2021

  • Support added for Smart SEO, SEEO, SEO Lite, Transcribe, Structure, Maps, Polls, Wygwam, low variables, Low events


Last Update: January 05, 2021

  • Allowed special character in channel entry Title field while importing channel entries


Last Update: November 18, 2020

  • Solved unselect dropdown option during edit import configuration


Last Update: August 04, 2020

  • Introduce new data-type as “Third party xml” to import XML feed from other sources and set it into the entry.
  • Now user can set author to the imported entries from the system’s super admin role/group.
  • Import batch limit increased to 200 (added 50, 75, 100, 150, 200)


Last Update: May 05, 2020

  • Solved the issue of non-encoded characters in the export by providing the setting of “Disable ob_start and ob_clean functions for export” in “Export General Settings.”
  • Solved MSM import issue while import process performed via import URL.


Last Update: February 07, 2020

  • Provided the option to create the category if it does not exist during the import.
  • Provided option to define the parent-child category delimiter to specify the relationship in the import setting.


Last Update: November 10, 2020

  • Solved issue of not saving JSON format in the export setting page.
  • File related setting field is added for the fluid field on the import mapping page.
  • Solved issue of the category not imported for the JSON file.


Last Update: August 04, 2020

  • Solved warning during to update an add-on.
  • Increase the width of the dropdown in the import screen to display more information.
  • Solved warning during the “Upload Dir.” not selected but assets field is selected.


Last Update: March 01, 2020

  • Solved the mapping and data fetching issue in the fluid field for the XML file.


Last Update: January 01, 2020

  • Solved the CP warnings in the import page.
  • An added feature of providing three options for importing the grid fields.
    1. Delete all existing rows and add new
    2. Keep existing rows and append new
    3. Update the rows if the specific column matches


Last Update: November 20, 2019

  • Solved issue of not working relationship field in group field and XML type of file.


Last Update: August 14, 2019

  • Added the feature of the cron for the import. Get more detail from here


Last Update: March 05, 2019

  • Provide the ability to mapping the column for the CSV file when the CSV file does not include the title row.
  • Provide the option to delete existing entries of the selected channel which are not included in the import
  • Automatic generates url_titls from the title when doesn’t provide any value to url_title.
  • If url_title is provided as a raw string, Smart Import Export converts it ExpressionEngine friendly url_title.
  • Solved the issue when sometimes selected the option not rendering when user going to edit the import configuration.
  • When a user doesn’t provide any appropriate status value then channel default status will be provided.
  • Predefined status_id (integer value) and status(status name) both are acceptable in the status field.


Last Update: February 05, 2019

  • Solved issue of category data from the XML file for import.


Last Update: January 02, 2019

  • Added the mapping of the status and author for import.


Last Update: November 21, 2018

  • Updated the license verification process and setup so please update the license in your addon.


Last Update: May 09, 2018

  • Initial Version

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