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ProductType JSON generator


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This component allows you to generate commercetools ProductType JSON drafts from CSV files in order to create those product types in your commercetools project.

Getting started

If you just want to use the tool, we recommend to use commercetools' impex platform to avoid any local installation - you only need your browser.

Nevertheless you can run the program locally. You need NodeJS installed and simply run the following command in your terminal:

$ npm install -g sphere-product-type-json-generator

And then run:

$ product-type-generator

The component requires two CSV files:

  • a CSV file describing product attributes and their values (e.g. for type Enumeration)
  • a CSV file describing product types in general and the used attributes

Please find some example CSV files in the data folder

Posting generated product types

The generated JSON files can be used then to be directly imported via commercetools HTTP API to your project. We provide a simple command to do that:

$ product-type-update

Simply pass the credentials and your file to import via --source. If you provide a directory, all *.json files inside that directory will be uploaded.


Docker build

There is also a docker container for easy setup/execution.

Run docker container:

docker run -v /path/to/files/:/files sphereio/product-type-generator

Set an alias for repeated calls:

alias product-type='docker run -v /path/to/files/:/files sphereio/product-type-generator'


  • Clone this repository and change into the directory
  • Install all necessary dependencies with
    npm install
  • To run tests you have to set up credentials for sphere project first: For setting credentials you can create file in your home folder ~/.sphere-project-credentials.json with content:
    "{PROJECT_ID}": {
        "client_id": "{CLIENT_ID}",
        "client_secret": "{CLIENT_SECRET}"

Than you can do:

  npm test

This will start tests under sphere project {PROJECT_ID}.


In lieu of a formal styleguide, take care to maintain the existing coding style. Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality. Lint and test your code using Grunt. More info here


Releasing a new version is completely automated using the Grunt task grunt release.

grunt release // patch release
grunt release:minor // minor release
grunt release:major // major release


Copyright (c) 2014 SPHERE.IO Licensed under the MIT license.