The system extension “Import/Export” (EXT:impexp) allows content to be exported
from one installation of TYPO3 and then imported into another. Exported data
includes content from multiple tables including
tt_content as well as
images and other files stored in
This extension is often used to manage content for distributions and also training and demonstration purposes.
Merging multiple sets of data¶
By default the identifiers are changed when importing data, making it possible to merge several projects into one installation. The table identifiers are automatically changed in such a way that content elements remain attached to their pages and images to their content elements.
It is also possible to keep the identifiers (
uids) to allow the reproduction
of the exact same page and content tree.
What doesn’t it do?¶
- Exported content does not include code from any installed extensions or sitepackages.
- This extension is not used for the Download feature in the List module.
The data structure for content exports have seen very little changes since their original inception. It is sometimes possible to export content from a fifteen year old TYPO3 installation straight into a current installation of TYPO3.
It is often more feasible to use the import/export tool than it is to attempt to update old installations of TYPO3.
The following images show the export dialog of a current TYPO3 installation and TYPO3 v3.8.0: They correspond pretty much.