Exporting the listing information from your marketplace to a CSV file is a great way for you to analyze this information and cross-reference it with other information that can also be exported. You can download this data, importing it into a third party software like Excel or Google Spreadsheets, and create tables out of it.
How to download your marketplace listings
You can easily export the listing details to a CSV file (that can be viewed in Excel) with the following steps:
Log in to your marketplace as an administrator.
Open your Admin panel.
Open the "Listings / Manage listings" page.
Click the "Export to CSV" link in the top right, above the table.
The download will start automatically.
Note: only administrators can export listing information.
What does the listing export file contain?
The CSV file export contains the following information:
listing_id: unique listing identifier.
listing_title: the title of the listing.
user_id: unique identifier of the author that created the listing (can be matched with the Users CSV export).
created_at: the datetime (UTC) when the listing was created.
updated_at: the datetime (UTC) when the last update (by a user, admin or automatically) related to the listing content was made. A warning: it's best to treat that value as a "hint" that something you are interested in may have changed, but not necessarily, as an update can be because of automatic action (for example, processing of the listing images).
status: the current status of the listing.
category: the category of the listing.
order_type: the order type of the listing.
price: the price of the listing (0 if the listing doesn't have a price).
currency: the currency of the listing (null/empty if the listing doesn't have a price and currency).
pricing_unit: the listing pricing unit (null/empty if the listing doesn't have a pricing unit).
main_image_url: the link to the main image of the listing.
What is the export format?
You'll be able to download a CSV (Comma Separated Value) file. This is a text file where a comma separates all fields. You can open that file with any text or spreadsheet editor (like Notepad or Excel). It is not encrypted or password protected.
Here are more technical details on the file format:
Fields are separated by the comma (,) symbol.
Fields are enclosed with the quote (") symbol.
There is a header row.
File encoding is UTF-8.
What can you do with this data?
Lots of things! For example, you can:
Track how many listings each user creates
Track your marketplace listings growth
Find out what are the most popular categories and order types
Store it to keep it as a backup,