Supported file formats
We currently support data feeds in the following formats:Text (Spreadsheet) or Tab Delimited
In this format, you'll first include the attribute names in the first row (i.e., header) separated by a tab. Then starting on the second row, include the corresponding values under each attribute name. We recommend using a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets to create this and save the file as a tab-delimited file. If you’re using Google Sheets, you can download your file and upload it as a .txt file or upload your spreadsheet directly to Merchant Center.
Note: We are currently unable to accept a feed in the Excel (.xls) or the comma-separated values (.csv) file format. Convert your file to a text format before you upload it.
Learn more about creating tab-delimited data feeds.
- Simple to create and edit if you have a spreadsheet program
- Easier to view multiple items
- Easier to make formatting mistakes
An example using some of the required attributes would look like this:
|123-uk||Yellow Bear||A fuzzy, cuddly teddy bear||12||new||http://www.example.com|
We support extended versions of RSS 2.0 and Atom 1.0. You can create and edit these files using any text editor, such as Notepad or SimpleText. Like HTML, XML uses tags to define blocks of content. Information about your items is enclosed within these tags, which are indicated by angle brackets.
- Your site may already generate an XML file of your content
- Including multiple values for an attribute is easier
- May require more tech-savviness
- Difficult to see many items at once
When creating your data feed, remember to save your file in one of the supported filetypes with the appropriate filename extension:
- .txt: text
- .xml: XML (not supported for local product inventory feeds)
- .gz: Gnu zip, compressed text or XML
- .zip: Zip, compressed text or XML
- .bz2: Bzip2, compressed text or XML
If you are scheduling your data feed, please ensure that the feed URL directly points to your feed file. If it points to your website instead, your item information will be fetched in a HTML format which will result in a feed failure. The URL must begin with either http://, https://, ftp://, or sftp://. If your file requires a username and password to access, please enter the appropriate login information to allow Google to access your file.