Generate CSV file in Magento

Hello All,

You might have seen that Magento provides a functionality to directly export the content from the grids in most of the modules seen in admin end like Sales, Products etc in the form of CSV or XML.

Sometimes the need arises to generate a CSV with the custom data.

Magento has already a nice class for it, it can be found at lib/Varien/File file name Csv.php. This class can be used to read and write CSV.

I am listing here a sample code for it.

	$file_path = '/your_dir_path/sample.csv'; //file path of the CSV file in which the data to be saved

	$mage_csv = new Varien_File_Csv(); //mage CSV 	
	$products_ids = array(1,2,3); //product ids whose data to be written
	$products_model = Mage::getModel('catalog/product'); //get products model
	$products_row = array();	
	foreach ($products_ids as $pid)
		$prod = $products_model->load($pid);
		$data = array();
		$data['sku'] = $prod->getSku();
		$data['name'] = $prod->getName();
		$data['price'] = $prod->getPrice();		
		$products_row[] = $data;				
       //write to csv file
      $mage_csv->saveData($file_path, $products_row); //note $products_row will be two dimensional array


The above code will save the products data into the CSV file.

Hope this helps

4 Responses to “Generate CSV file in Magento”

  1. Rifai says:

    can you give the complete example for those source code? because i copy and paste and then use the link doesn’t work. please help me you can’t reply this to my email

    • Pragnesh says:

      You can use the code in any file even the template file,

       $file_path = '/your_dir_path/sample.csv'; //file path of the CSV file in which the data to be saved 

      , you need to use the path (‘/your_dir_path/sample.csv’) as per your directory structure

  2. Jon says:


    Good post. Can you please tell me how we can download this file.


    • Pragnesh says:

      Create an


      tag and give the location of the CSV generated in it, clicking this link will ask for download of CSV, or you can use PHP header functions for downloading directly from browser

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