Lulu here from the Shopify Support team. Thanks for reaching out here, and I'll be more than happy to help you out.
There are two methods to bulk import images into your Shopify store! You can either use our product CSV file template or use an app like this one. The Pxupload app is usually a good one too, can I ask why it didn't work for you? With the CSV file, you can include the image URLs in the CSV file for each product, including multiple variants images. Once the products are imported, the URLs will convert to Shopify image URLs, in case something were to happen to the original URLs.
Another solution is to first import the products then you could use the Image Manager app I linked above to organize the product images. If you prefer using the CSV file, please take a look at this Shopify Doc for additional information! CSV files can be a bit of work but they are great when you get the hang of them, if you choose this method, I always find the app 'Excelify' helps to make CSV files much easier and quicker.
I hope this helps, we are always here for you 24/7 in case you have any other questions or concerns!
Lulu | Social Care @ Shopify
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The reviews on PxUpload don't look too good. Is it an official Shopify app or third party?
We are in a similar situation. I have read the features of all you've suggested but there is still no solution I can see - do Shopify expect users to copy and paste URL's to the CSV file thousands of times? One would have thought that naming a file to be the same as the SKU should automatically match itself to a product in the back end or something of this nature. This is Shopify - I'm surprised true bulk image import isn't available.
Please let me know if I am wrong. Having to cut and paste the CDN URL thousands of times is definitely not the answer we are seeking.
@northlandweb I believe you are right. You will need to define the url for each of the images in your csv (Excel) file. If you named all your images with the SKU (such as 42133.jpg) you should be in good shape. You can use Excel features to create a column with the common part of the url and copy it for all products in a second. For example: https://www.yourdomain.com/images/
Then in a separate column use the CONCATENATE feature in Excel to combine that column with the SKU column, and in the same process add the final ".jpg" part. The result will be something like: https://www.yourdomain.com/images/42133.jpg
Maybe there are some apps or methods around, but if the process is made like that you could finish it in just a couple of minutes, even if you are working with thousands of products. Just have in mind that you need to upload images to a server or cloud place so you can have a URL. That could even be your Files section inside Shopify, and you will have a url such as: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0111/6490/3010/files/.... Hope this helps.
@ricaza i wish shopify would make it that easy. the issue is when uploading an image file to files section, shopify doesnt simply add the image name at the end of the url. shopify adds some random info that we cannot predict. it would be so easy to just allow us to add file name at end of the url and we could use excel to make csv. for this one decision shopify has stuck to, it has been years of headache and wasted time ffor me. btw pxupload is always messing up uploads..i have a huge list of upload errors that never made sense and yet i still waste money on it
Yes, I assume you are referring to the ?v=SOMECODE part at the end of the URL? If that is the case, you can ignore that part and the image will be shown as well.
The main part of the URL will be the same for all images, up to the second /files/, so if you use the SKU as the file name for example that saves you a lot of time in most cases since you can concatenate that repetitive part of the url, with your SKU column in your csv file. The "concatenate" function in Excel is very useful for this purpose and makes the job a lot easier.
But yes, I understand your point since it requires some kind of workaround.