When I import using JSON with FeedMe Pro and need to import more records into an entry that has a Matrix field. I find it deletes the previous and adds the new data only. Is there anyway to append to the Matrix field leaving the previous data intact?

  • The easiest solution: create the import by yourself. Importing entries doesn't take longer than 2-3 minutes. If you want I can show you how May 2 '18 at 7:37
  • That would be great Robin if you could show me please.
    – Vin
    May 2 '18 at 7:45

In addition to How to save Matrix data programmatically in Craft 3

You'll fetch your data loop each row and fetch the element / create a new element if none exists

$section = Craft::$app->sections->getSectionByHandle('news');
$entryTypes = $section->getEntryTypes();
$entryType = reset($entryTypes);
foreach ($jsonData as $row) {
    // try to fetch an element
    $element = Craft::$app->getElements()->getElementById($row['id']);
    // no element exists, create a new one
    if ($element === null) {
        $element = new Entry(
                'sectionId'     => $section->id,
                'typeId'        => $entryType->id,
                'fieldLayoutId' => $entryType->fieldLayoutId,
                'authorId'      => 1,
                'title'         => 'My Entry',
                'slug'          => 'my-entry',
                'postDate'      => new DateTime(),
    // get the field by handle
    /** @var \craft\fields\Matrix $field */
    $field = Craft::$app->getFields()->getFieldByHandle('matrix');

    // get the existing matrix blocks
    $existingMatrix = $element->getFieldValue('matrix');

    // serialize the data
    $serializedMatrix = $field->serializeValue($existingMatrix, $element);

   // loop your json matrix blocks
    foreach ($row['yourMatrixBlocks'] as $key => $block) {
        // append your new Matrix fields
        $serializedMatrix['new' . $key] = [
            'type'   => 'block',
            'fields' => [
                'field' => $block['field']

    // set the new field value
    $element->setFieldValue('matrix', $serializedMatrix);
    $success = Craft::$app->getElements()->saveElement($element);

    // display errors - just in Case
    if($success === false){
  • Excellent! I was hoping it was not beyond me, I am so far away from being a dev, I am a digital marketer filling in to get this working. My Matrix field has a Table field in it too. I have to see what I can do with it, but thank you!
    – Vin
    May 2 '18 at 8:22
  • The easiest way to get the data structure for the required field type is to take a look at your $_POST variable when you save an element in your CP. May 2 '18 at 8:27
  • Makes sense, I have current entries I need to update so gotta see with spending some time taking a go at it.
    – Vin
    May 2 '18 at 8:32
  • I have around 10,000 records to import in, so thinking this may be a solution best suited for FeedMe if I can get it to work.
    – Vin
    May 2 '18 at 8:52
  • You can change the code in FeedMe as well if you want May 2 '18 at 8:56

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