VIDEO TIP: How to move items between two catalogs in OpenBOM

Oleg Shilovitsky
Oleg Shilovitsky
10 June, 2020 | 2 min for reading
VIDEO TIP: How to move items between two catalogs in OpenBOM

In this video, I can demonstrate how you can move items from one catalog to another catalog in OpenBOM. 

OpenBOM has a flexible data model. It allows you to adjust the data model (properties in the catalog) when you import data on the fly. 

Therefore, to move items between catalogs you just need to use the Export-import function.

If you combine it with OpenBOM export with filter option, you will be able to move any set of items (based on your filter criteria) from one catalog to another catalog. 

Here are the steps to follow: 

  1. Open the catalog you want to move items from (source catalog)
  2. Apply the filter, so you will only see the items you want to move (use part number filter to select one item or use any other property filters). 
  3. Export data to Excel (don’t forget to apply [x] filter settings when export)
  4. Open the catalog you want to move items to (destination catalog) 
  5. Click the import button and select the file. 
  6. Accept merge alert note saying that data will be merged.
  7. You’re done – All items move to the catalog and new properties (column) are created as expected.

Watch the video for more details.


OpenBOM has a super flexible data model that allows you to manage data as simple as Excel does and, at the same time, gives you the power of structured BOM management. You can instantiate data by simple import and export functions. A combination of filter/export/import gives you functions that takes hours of work in other more expensive PLM systems. 

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Best, Oleg @ openbom dot com.

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