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HelpTutorialsRunning Your ShopCategory CSV Instructions

Category CSV Instructions

Welcome to the Category CSV tutorial! The Category CSV is an easy way to set the category for all of your products at once.

Step One

Download your CSV.

The CSV contains all of your products, even those that are not Public or not For Sale.

Step Two

Open the CSV. Notice that it contains nine columns:

  • A. SPIN
  • B. product_title
  • C. shop section
  • D. is_public
  • E. product_for_sale
  • F. category
  • G. subcategory
  • H. custom_category
  • I. variant_enabled
  • J. facets

Editing Categories

You will be entering data into columns F, G, and possibly H.

Column F should contain the text of the parent category. Column G should contain the corresponding subcategory for that parent category. These values are case insensitive and should be entered without any leading or trailing spaces or extra characters. You can see the full list of our categories here.

Remember that we only allow subcategories. So, if you want your product categorized as Rings, enter “Jewelry” in column F and “Rings” in column G. If you want your product categorized in Jewelry, but you don’t think one of our existing subcategories applies, then enter “Jewelry” in column F and “Other” in column G. If you don’t think one of our existing parent categories applies, then enter “Other” in column F and “Other” in column G. If you enter "Other" as a subcategory, you must enter a value in column H. These values must be at least 3 and no more than 25 characters in length.

You can categorize any product in the CSV. You must categorize any product that is either Public or For Sale.

Editing Facets

You will be entering data into column J.

You can find the full list of categories as well as facets here. Additionally, you can also find more facet specific information, rationale, and leave feedback here.

Facets are separated into Groups and Items. There can only be one Facet Item per Group per Category. For variant enabled products (column I shows you if they are), cooresponding Facet Items will automatically be applied per enabled variant.


  A B...E F G H I J
1 SPIN ... category subcategory custom_category variant_enabled facets
2 J5CUVULRI ... Miniatures Trains   yes - scale steam locomotive
3 VVT946UDG ... Miniatures Figurines   no animal, 1:160 - N
4 GDMFGU3GC ... Jewelry Rings no 8.5/58
5 TTAPTDABA ... Tech Cases no phones, protection
6 E7U4TF6VK ... Other Other Trinket no  
7 H8Q4TF6VK ... Miniatures Aircraft   no 1:200, airliner, bomber*, WWII, Britain
8 6ME4U28Q4 ... Games Board Games   yes - scale 1:24*, robot

* Rows 1-6 are correct entries for facets. However, row 7 incorrectly applies two Facet Items from the same Facet Group (Type) and row 8 incorrectly adds a Facet Item from the Scale Group, when the product is already variant-enabled for Scale.

Step Three

Upload your CSV.

If the data you provided passed validation, your data will be immediately accepted and you will see a total count of affected products. If any of your data does not pass, you will see a variety of error messages. Follow the messages provided and repeat this process. It may take a few moments for the changes to become live on the site, depending on how many products you updated.

That’s all there is to it!

Let us know if you have any questions.

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