How to preserve the external ids of product templates and variants when migrating data?

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Old database

product .attribute and product.attribute.value

Export the old attributes and their values. Suppose we have 2 attributes, Size and Color and 2 values for each, namely S and L and red and blue.

Size S
L
Color red
blue

product.product

Export variant data with attribute values and the external ids of both the variant as well as the corresponding product template. Suppose we have 2 types of t-shirts in our database with each 4 variants, S,blue, S,red, L,blue and L,red.

product_templ_id/id
id product_template_attribute_value_ids
__export__.product_template_1 __export__.product_product_11 S,blue
__export__.product_template_1 __export__.product_product_12 S,red
__export__.product_template_1 __export__.product_product_13 L,blue
__export__.product_template_1 __export__.product_product_14 L,red
__export__.product_template_2 __export__.product_product_21 S,blue
__export__.product_template_2 __export__.product_product_22 S,red
__export__.product_template_2 __export__.product_product_23 L,blue
__export__.product_template_2 __export__.product_product_24 L,red

New database

product .attribute

Set the default value for the Variants Creation Mode (create_variant) to Dynamically (dynamic) or see to it that this value is set too during the import. This way no variants will be created automatically when importing the product templates. We want to import the variants ourselves and link them to the right product template.

product.attribute.value

Just import the old values into the new database.

product.template

Import the 2 product templates first. In our example this looks like ...

id
nameattribute_line_ids/attribute_idattribute_line_ids/value_ids
__export__.product_template_1T-shirt 1SizeS,L
Colorred, blue
__export__.product_template_2T-shirt 2SizeS,L
Colorred, blue

product.template.attribute.value

This will create 8 records in the product.template.attribute.value table. (There is no default menu to access this model. Just add it with Studio.)

Record ID product_templ_id/id
value
1 __export__.product_template_1 S
2 __export__.product_template_1 L
3 __export__.product_template_1 red
4 __export__.product_template_1 blue
5 __export__.product_template_2 S
6 __export__.product_template_2 L
7 __export__.product_template_2 red
8 __export__.product_template_2 blue

We would need to reference these records when importing our variants. Best is to create external id's for these records ourselves. External id's don't exist until the external id's for records are exported. So export the records without external id's.


ir.model.data

Make a combination with the number of the product template and the value. These values are known in your original export from the old database and so the external identifiers can be constructed there to import the variants themselves eventually.

Record ID External Identifier Model
Module
1 __export__.product_template_attribute_value_1_S product.template.attribute.value __export__
2 __export__.product_template_attribute_value_1_L product.template.attribute.value __export__
3 __export__.product_template_attribute_value_1_red product.template.attribute.value __export__
4 __export__.product_template_attribute_value_1_blue product.template.attribute.value __export__
5 __export__.product_template_attribute_value_2_S product.template.attribute.value __export__
6 __export__.product_template_attribute_value_2_L product.template.attribute.value __export__
7 __export__.product_template_attribute_value_2_red product.template.attribute.value __export__
8 __export__.product_template_attribute_value_2_blue product.template.attribute.value __export__

Note that existing records can't be updated so if you work in batches, you would need to keep track of non-existing external ids. It's a lot easier to delete them all first and import the expanded list again.

product.product

Don't just use S,blue as value for the product_template_attribute_value_ids. S,blue is not unique. For template 1 it will be __export__.product_template_attribute_value_1_S,__export__.product_template_attribute_value_1_blue and for template 2 it will be __export__.product_template_attribute_value_2_S,__export__.product_template_attribute_value_2_blue.

product_templ_id/id
id product_template_attribute_value_ids
__export__.product_template_1 __export__.product_product_11 S,blue __export__.product_template_attribute_value_
1_S,__export__.product_template_attribute_value_
1_blue
__export__.product_template_1 __export__.product_product_12 S,red __export__.product_template_attribute_value_
1_S,__export__.product_template_attribute_value_
1_red
__export__.product_template_1 __export__.product_product_13 L,blue __export__.product_template_attribute_value_
1_L,__export__.product_template_attribute_value_
1_blue
__export__.product_template_1 __export__.product_product_14 L,red __export__.product_template_attribute_value_
1_L,__export__.product_template_attribute_value_
1_red
__export__.product_template_2 __export__.product_product_21 S,blue __export__.product_template_attribute_value_
2_S,__export__.product_template_attribute_value_
2_blue
__export__.product_template_2 __export__.product_product_22 S,red __export__.product_template_attribute_value_
2_S,__export__.product_template_attribute_value_
2_red
__export__.product_template_2 __export__.product_product_23 L,blue __export__.product_template_attribute_value_
2_L,__export__.product_template_attribute_value_
2_blue
__export__.product_template_2 __export__.product_product_24 L,red __export__.product_template_attribute_value_
2_L,__export__.product_template_attribute_value_
2_red