I'm working on importing a database and I was looking at some of the available import plugins. However I am unable to figure out how to import a body field (just a string) into a Matrix block.

Old database entry structure (non-Crafty)

  • title
  • description
  • body

New database entry structure (Crafty)

  • title
  • description
  • matrix [body, image, gallery, etc]

Does anyone have experience with this? Any advice?

1 Answer 1


Nevermind. Clearbold's Craft Import plugin has the starting code for it.

// new entry
$entry = new EntryModel();
$entry->sectionId = 1;
$entry->typeId    = 12;
$entry->authorId  = 123;
$entry->enabled   = true;
$entry->getContent()->title = "Here goes my title!";

// new matrix and matrix block
$block = array();
$block['new1'] = array(
    'type' => 'body',
    'enabled' => true,
    'fields' => array(
        'text' => 'Here goes my article.'

// add content to entry including created matrix
    'description' => "And of course the description...",
    'matriz' => $block,

// save entry
$success = craft()->entries->saveEntry($entry);

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