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File formats for product data

File formats for product data [Hero image]

Once you've created a feed, you'll add your product data to it by uploading a data feed. We currently support data feeds in these formats:

Text (spreadsheet) or tab-delimited

We recommend using a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets to create your spreadsheet. If you're using Google Sheets, you can download your file and then upload it directly to Merchant Center.

Learn how to create and upload a tab-delimited product data feed

Advantages:

  • Simple to create and edit, if you have a spreadsheet program
  • Easier to view multiple products

Disadvantages:

  • Easier to make formatting mistakes

An example using some of the required attributes would look like this:

ID
[id]

Title
[title]

Description
[description]

Price
[price]

Condition
[condition]

Link
[link]

123-uk Yellow Bear A fuzzy, cuddly teddy bear 12 new http://www.example.co.uk
XML

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 products is enclosed within these tags, which are indicated by angle brackets.

Advantages:

  • Your site may already generate an XML file of your content
  • Including multiple values for an attribute is easier

Disadvantages:

  • May require more tech-savviness
  • Difficult to see many products at once

For example files, click the appropriate XML format and download it. RSS 2.0 or Atom 1.

 

When creating your data feed, remember to save your file in one of the supported file types with the appropriate filename extension:

Note: XML is now officially supported for inventory feeds.

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 product information will be fetched in an 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 it, please enter the appropriate log-in information to allow Google to access your file.

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