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A simple example of how to use collective.transmogrifier

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This package shows you how to use collective.transmogrifier to import news items into Plone.

By default, it uses dummy values that are hard-coded in the product itself to create some News Items, so you can see how to even use transmogrifier.

The main idea is that you can use this product as a skeleton for migrating content from other systems to Plone, since you only need to pass in correct data instead of hard-coded dummy values.

Examples of real-life parsing HTML to extract data you need can be found in /branches folder of the product’s repository at

The product sets the following fields on newly created News Items:

  • title

  • text

  • date

  • category

  • author


Run the following set of commands:

$ cd <workspace>
$ virtualenv -p python2.4 --no-site-packages simpleusage
$ cd simpleusage
$ svn co ./
$ bin/python
$ bin/buildout
$ bin/instance fg

Then start your favorite browser and point it to http://localhost:8080/manage to add a new Plone site. You can now use the following URL to start importing News Items: http://localhost:8080/<your_site_id>/@@import


First, create a branch for you to work on:

$ cd <workspace>
$ virtualenv -p python2.4 --no-site-packages johns_migration
$ cd johns_migration
$ svn copy

Then, checkout your branch and build a development environment:

$ svn co ./
$ bin/python
$ bin/buildout

Now you have everything you need to start your own migration. Open <workspace>/johns_migration/src/niteoweb.transmogrifier.simpleusage/ in your favorite text editor. Scroll all the way to the bottom to find a method ‘source’ and modify it so that it parses data from your source and returns it as a list of dicts.

Once you’re done, start Zope and point your browser to http://localhost:8080/<your_site_id>/@@import to start importing!


1.0.1 (2010-07-26)

  • Added newlines to long description.

1.0 (2010-07-26)

  • Initial release. [zupo]

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