Manual: How to Import Free Product Content Into Your Webshop via Icecat

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This quick guide will show you how to easily import relevant product information from Icecat into your webshop. A lot of product data-sheets (PDSs) are provided for free by Icecat’s sponsoring brands.

Access to PDSs

In order to access Open Icecat, you will need a username and password, provided by Icecat. If you don’t have these, please register online for Open Icecat. The Open Icecat catalog is free and contains millions of product data-sheets.

Tip: During the registration you need to choose for the URL or Data (XML, JSON) version. If you want to make use of XML or JSON, make sure you choose the “Open Icecat Data” subscription. You can always change this afterwards, or create a second subscription for the URL (links to hosted data-sheets) download format.

If you need a higher product data coverage, you will need to upgrade to Full Icecat. You can make your request via our contact page or through your account pages.

Access to the product information of Full Icecat is protected. If you want to access Full Icecat product information, you will need to unlock your IP address. Fill in the IP address(es) of your server(s) and office in the “Allowed IP addresses” field. If you don’t know your office IP addresses, visit What is my IP to find your (office) IP. For you server IP address, please ask your system operator or provider.

You can fill in several IP addresses, separated by a space.

Popular software Add-ons

If you are searching for a way to connect your app and integrate Icecat product information, check the most popular Icecat Add-ons.

Download PDSs from Icecat to your app

Manual downloads:
Download the relevant product information, pictures, video’s, etc.  and add them manually to your web shop.

XML or JSON Data:
Download product information, pictures, videos, etc.  automatically, and add them to your webshop or app.
Real-time XML:
Batch XML:

See also the complete Icecat XML manual.

Note: data is also available in JSON format.

CSV or Excel Data
Download product information, pictures, video’s, etc.  and automatic add them to your webshop or app.

Live pages (JavaScript)

Show real-time product information, pictures, videos, etc.  through JavaScript directly on your shop pages. The simple method is for showing complete PDSs or a few popular objects like Video, Reasons-To-Buy and/or 3D. Check the advanced Live manual, in case you want to have full control over what content assets to show where and how (css).

Advanced (granular):

Icecat Live is the modern variant of the good-old URL integration method.

Access to Product Reviews

Are you interested in adding product reviews, both professional and user reviews to your webshop or app? Then check out our reviews manual.

Important information

Flow – importing relevant product data from Icecat

  • Download the relevant index.
    1. files.index.xml.gz (.csv.gz) for all products in Icecat. Use this index once at the start of setting up the onboarding for Icecat.
    2. daily.index.xml.gz (.csv.gz) for the daily new and updated products. Use this index daily to select new and updated products.
  • In order to import only certain products from the list, you can make your query based on:
    1. Brand
    2. Manufacturer product code(s)
    3. GTINs (EANs, UPCs)
    4. Category
    5. Quality
    6. On market
  • Download the relevant product XMLs you need.

Important links and files

Important Links & filesYou need to login to Icecat to access and download these files
Index file – Full Icecat
Index file – Open Icecat
Daily index file – Full Icecat
Daily index file – Open Icecat
Reference files – Full Icecat
Reference files – Open Icecat
Icecat CategoryCategoriesList.xml.gz
Icecat taxonomyCategoryFeaturesList.xml.gz


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