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Shopify Magento Migration: A Comprehensive Guide for 2019

June 10, 2019

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Shopify Magento Migration
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If you are looking for the perform Shopify to Magento migration, then this guide will assist you. 

Starting an ecommerce business looks easy, but it’s NOT!

You have to choose the correct resources to start your ecommerce business. If your ecommerce store offers a large number of products, or if you think that in future it will become even bigger, then selecting the right ecommerce platform should be your first priority. In the beginning, you will not face any issues but they can occur after some time. Hence, you must be ready at all times.

Suppose you’re running an ecommerce store on Shopify and generating adequate profits, but after some time, when you add a huge number of products to your Shopify store, it will be difficult to handle the store. What then?

In this case, your store performance will decrease tremendously and sales will go down. Similarly, what if you want to add more exciting features that aren’t available on your favorite ecommerce platform?

Magento vs Shopify: The BIG Question!

You must be thinking about which of these two ecommerce platforms is better for your business? The answer is simple: It is Magento. Why?

Because it is one of the most powerful ecommerce platforms that offers awesome features. For many, their ecommerce store’s security is the main concern, and Magento provides a perfect solution for them all. These, combined with other major features, make Magento an automatic choice for everyone!

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Migrating from Shopify to Magento

Magento and Shopify are two of the biggest platforms in the ecommerce industry. Both the features offered by them are quite different. Magento offers everything for almost free. While Shopify has got limitations because it is a paid-to-use ecommerce platform.

Let’s dig in further to learn more about Magento and Shopify.

Control and Customization

Hosting is one of the main differences between both ecommerce platforms. Magento is a self-hosted platform that allows you full control over the server and its hosting. In Magento, you can do various customizations to enhance your store according to your needs.

On the other hand, Shopify doesn’t require expert level development skills as it is a hosted solution. Due to this, you get rid of hosting configuration hassles, but you don’t have access to core performance and customization options.

Performance and Optimization

Customers always prefer fast loading ecommerce stores, and if they experience slow speed, this means you will lose sales. Since Shopify is a hosted solution, it doesn’t offer any hosting controls.

However, Magento is self-hosted. It will allow you to choose a hosting solution of your choice and boost your store performance. In fact, it is a good reason to use managed Magento hosting with your Magento installation for even better performance.


Magento and Shopify both offer some great themes. While both offer free and paid themes, Magento has an upper hand here because of the number of themes it has. It comes with premium themes that are cheap as compared to Shopify. Shopify, on the other hand, offers themes that are easy to install and customize but are a bit expensive.


Magento has a wide range of extensions available that allows users to add exciting out-of-the-box features to their stores. Shopify also offers a different type of add-ons but its repository is small.


With Shopify, you will get dedicated customer support. But Magento offers dedicated community-based support that consists of Magento certified experts.


Shopify offers easy-to-use tools and a drag-and-drop interface that enable users to use it easily. On the other hand, Magento needs your dedication, time and effort to install and manage. There is a big reason that it is designed to cater to flexibility and accommodate different type of customization.

If you’re still confused about selecting Magento over Shopify, then you can check out this detailed comparison: Magento Vs Shopify: Ecommerce Face-Off [2019 Comparison]

I hope that you’re now convinced about which platform to choose for your business. There are many people from within the Magento community, who have decided to migrate Shopify to Magento, but they tend to hesitate and are concerned about data loss. Therefore, in this guide, I will help you learn how to carry out Shopify to Magento migration without breaking anything on your store.

To migrate from Shopify to Magento, I will use Cart2Cart, a well-known ecommerce migration service provider.

Shopify to Magento Migration In Easy Steps

Before we begin with the migration process, you must have a fresh Magento application installed. If you don’t have Magento installed on your system, login/sign up to Cloudways and launch Magento for free with just a single click:

Next, go to Cart2Cart Shopify to Magento migration page and login / sign up.

Once you have signed-up, just click on START FREE DEMO.

start free demo

Now, Shopify to Magento migration page will appear. The first step is the Source Cart setup.

source cart setup magento to shopify

Here is what each field means.

  • Source Cart: Select Shopify in this field.
  • Source Store URL: Enter your Shopify store’s URL.
  • Admin Email: Enter your Shopify account email address.
  • Admin Password: Enter your Shopify account password.

The next step is the Target Cart Setup.

target cart setup shopify to magento

Target Cart: Select Magento in this field.

Target Store URL: Enter your Magento store URL. As I have installed Magento application on Cloudways hosting server, I will add the staging URL to it.

Now connect Shopify and Magento store. For this, you have to follow the steps as mentioned in the following tab.

bridge connection shopify to magento migration

Click on DOWNLOAD BRIDGE. You will get a zip file. Unzip the archive file and upload it to the root directory of your Magento store. Now you will see the message saying, ‘connection bridge was built successfully.’

Now, click on CHECK CONNECTION.  


connection bridge installed

You will be redirected again to the Source and Target Cart Setup page. Add API Password of your Shopify store.

enter API password

To generate API Password, go to Apps from the admin panel of your Shopify store.

shopify click apps

Now click on Manage private apps.

click manage private apps

Click Create a new private app.

create a new private app

Next, enter the required details for your private app. I am using Demo Migration as the name of my app, you can use the one you desire.

app name shopify magento

To generate API credentials, you have to make the Read and Write options available.

Note: Check all the options under Review disabled Admin API permissions.

read write access api shopify

At last, click on the Save button.

save api

You have successfully created API credentials. Here’s a result.

api key and password

Now, navigate to Cart2Cart where you have entered details to perform Shopify to Magento migration. Enter the API Password which you have created in the last step. Click on CHOOSE ENTITIES.

enter API password and choose entities

Now, Cart2Cart will ask you to choose the entities you would like to migrate from Shopify to Magento.

select entities migration

Here are some more additional options you can choose from.

additional option migrations

There is also an option to map order statuses and customer groups.

perform data mapping shopify magento migration

Your Shopify to Magento migration setup is now ready. Click on START FREE DEMO button.

start free demo entities

This will begin the Shopify to Magento migration process.

shopify magento migration process begins

If Shopify to Magento migration is successful, you will get the following message.

demo migration done

Before verifying Shopify to Magento migration result, you have to run following CLI commands in the root directory of your Magento 2 store.

php bin/magento indexer:reindex
php bin/magento catalog:images:resize
php bin/magento cache:clean
php bin/magento cache:flush

Next, open the admin panel of your Magento 2 store, and go to CATALOG → Products. Here you will see that your Shopify products are migrated to your Magento 2 store.

products added shopify magento migration

The above result means that you have successfully carried out Shopify to Magento migration.

Final Words

Magento and Shopify both are ecommerce giants and the most preferable choice for ecommerce merchants. However, if you want to choose ecommerce platform that offers scalability and performance both at the same time, you should go with Magento.

To migrate your store from Shopify to Magento, implement and perform the right steps so to avoid data loss. After following this guide, I believe you can perform Shopify to Magento migration seamlessly. I have tried to cover each and every aspect of the migration process. If I have missed anything, just drop a comment below and I will get back to you.


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Abdur Rahman

Abdur Rahman is the Magento whizz at Cloudways. He is growth ambitious, and aims to learn & share information about Ecommerce & Magento Development through practice and experimentation. He loves to travel and explore new ideas whenever he finds time. Get in touch with him at

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