Adding an Attribute to Product Import

This short cookbook describes the steps that you need to do when you want to add a new attribute to the product import methods of the backend API.

Let's say you have added extId attribute to Product entity following Adding New Attribute to an Entity cookbook and you want to include the attribute in the import as well.

1. Extend ProductDataFactory for the API

ProductDataFactory is responsible for converting request body to ProductData. You have to add attributes to ProductData object during the conversion.

namespace App\Controller\Api\V1\Product;

use Shopsys\BackendApiBundle\Controller\V1\Product\ProductDataFactory as BaseProductDataFactory;
use Shopsys\FrameworkBundle\Model\Product\ProductData;

class ProductDataFactory extends BaseProductDataFactory
    protected function setProductDataByApi(ProductData $productData, array $productApiData): void
        parent::setProductDataByApi($productData, $productApiData);
        $this->apiDataSetter->setValueIfExists('extId', $productApiData, $productData);

Take a look into the ApiDataSetter, it contains useful method for conversion like setDateTimeValueIfExists, setMultidomainValueIfExists and setMultilanguageValueIfExists.

2. Extend ProductApiDataValidator

ProductApiDataValidator is responsible for validating imported data. If you need to add a field to the import, you have to always extend this validator.

We use pure Symfony Validations, se please read about them first.

namespace App\Controller\Api\V1\Product;

use Shopsys\BackendApiBundle\Controller\V1\Product\ProductApiDataValidator as BaseProductApiDataValidator;
use Symfony\Component\Validator\Constraints;

class ProductApiDataValidator extends BaseProductApiDataValidator
     * @return array
    protected function getConstraintDefinition(): array
        $definition = parent::getConstraintDefinition();
        $definition['fields']['extId'] = new Constraints\Optional([
            new Constraints\Type([
                'type' => 'int',
                'message' => 'The value {{ value }} is not a valid {{ type }}.',
            new Constraints\NotNull(),

        return $definition;

The validation definition is used for both creating products and updating products. If you need different validation for creating and updating, feel free to implement your own ProductApiDataValidatorInterface.

3. Add information about the class extensions into the container configuration in services.yaml

Shopsys\BackendApiBundle\Controller\V1\Product\ProductDataFactoryInterface: '@App\Controller\Api\V1\Product\ProductDataFactory'
Shopsys\BackendApiBundle\Controller\V1\Product\ProductApiDataValidatorInterface: '@App\Controller\Api\V1\Product\ProductApiDataValidator'


Now, the extId attribute is included in the product import. You can import the attribute during creating new products by POST method or update by PATCH method, just try it and see it for yourself.