Miva Merchant to Prestashop migration tool

How to migrate from Miva Merchant to Prestashop?

The essence of LitExtension products focuses on their friendliness to users, which means that every shopping cart owners, even who has little knowledge of technology, can follow guidance and migrate data from Miva Merchant to Prestashop easily. You are advised that need not to consult any other sources except this understandable step-by-step guide below.

1. Preparation

For Miva Store:

  • Miva Merchant Store can operate normally during migration as it requires a very limited resource for the process.

For Prestashop Store:

  • Prestashop Store should be placed in a stable hosting or in localhost.
  • PHP Curl must be enabled.
  • PHP Fopen (allow_url_fopen) must be On.
  • It also must not block connection to Miva Store.
  • Webserver (mostly apache) should have full permission to write on /img folder.
  • Demo mode on backend should be turned off
  • base64_decode should be allowed.
  • It is strongly recommended to backup Prestashop Target Store first.

Prestashop store migration tool

2. Setup

2.1. Download Migration Tool
After downloading the product zip file from our Store, please extract it into a folder. The module consists “lecartimport” folder

2.2. Prestashop Data Migration Plugin Setup

Prestashop Data Migration Module is a Prestashop Module which acts like a hub at Prestashop side to receive data and import it into Prestashop database. It can be installed just like all other Prestashop Modules:

  • Using your FTP software, upload the folder “modules” to your PrestaShop root folder.
  • Go to Back Office -> Select on tab ‘Modules’ -> Modules & Services
  • Search for the keyword : ‘Cart Import’
  • Click on the button ‘Configure’ to finish for the module installation.


2.3 Export data from Miva
Export products/ Categories to CSV file

  • Step 1: Log into Miva Merchant admin panel. The path for export differs depending on which version you are using.
    – In Miva x.5 go to Utilities -> Export Data -> Export Products to Flat File.
    – In Miva x.9 go to  Menu -> Data Management -> Export Products to Flat File.
  • Step 2: Name the file as products.dat, set Legacy Import Product From Flat File Format and Tab as File Delimiter.
  • Step 3: Fill in the box to Export Field Names as Header.
  • Step 4: In Category Settings, check on Include Category List.
  • Step 5: Press Export button and save the file to your computer.

Export Orders to CSV file

  • Step 1: Log into Miva Merchant admin panel. The path for export differs depending on which version you are using.
    – In Miva x.5 go to Utilities -> Export Data -> Export Orders to Flat File.
    – In Miva x.9 – Menu -> Data Management ->Export Orders to Flat File.
  • Step 2: Name the file as orders.dat, and set Tab as File Delimiter.
  • Step 3: Fill in the box to Export Field Names as Header.
  • Step 4: Press Export button and save the file to your computer.

3. Migration Plugins Setup

Migration Plugins are purchased and setup separately. They will provide additional functionalities to the tool. Normally plugins need to be customized and tweaked by LitExtension Team to fit customers requirements and will be sent to customers later on. There are a few types of plugin:

  • Products and Categories SEO Urls Plugin: helps migrate Products and Categories urls. Old urls will be saved in Target Prestashop Store and will be maintained to keep all current SEO ranking you have built up for years.
  • Custom Fields Plugin: help migrate custom fields from Miva Store to Target Prestashop Store. This is useful in case customers have customized their store, for example: adding fields to database tables, and also want to migrate these fields into Prestashop Store.
  • Customer Password Plugin: special plugin which adds the ability to read passwords encrypted by Miva Stores to Prestashop. All passwords are migrated over and remains encrypted, customers can login to the new shop right away without the need of resetting passwords.

To install plugins, just copy plugin files into the instructed folder inside your Prestashop store. New functionalities will be enabled.

4. Enter license key

License Key is an encoded string which comes with your download package. This key is required to activate your Migration Tool.

After purchasing the product, please login to our store and enter “My downloadable products” section. Here you will find download link and license key for the download package.

Prestashop store migration tool 4

Login your Prestashop Target Store backend, select Cart Migration > Configuration, and copy and paste your license key here

Prestashop store migration tool 5

5. Migration

Please login your Prestashop Target Store backend -> click on “Cart Import” TAB . The migration will go through 3 simple steps. Just hit “Next” when you finish one step to advance.

5.1 Miva Configuration

Fulfill information in the setup table:Miva Merchant to Prestashop migration tool

Miva Merchant to Prestashop migration tool

  • Cart Type: Choose ‘Miva’
  • Cart URL: Your Miva URL
  • Upload CSV files you had in Step 2.Setup

5.2 Migration Configuration

Prestashop migration 2

  • Languages Mapping: Pick the language to be mapped into Prestashop default language.
  • Orders Status Mapping: Assign Miva order statuses to proper Prestashop Store order statuses. Creating additional order statuses in Prestashop Store may be needed.
  • Entities to Migrate: select all entities to migrate or just a part of them.


Additional Options:

  • Clear current data on Target Store before Migration: if you choose this option, all current products, categories, manufacturers, customers, orders, product reviews, taxes will be cleared.
  • Migrate categories and products SEO URLs: if you choose this option, old SEO urls of source will be preserved in Prestashop Store, allowing you to maintain your Pagerank.
  • Transfer images in product descriptions to Target Store: download all images in product description into your store so that it won’t have to refer back to your Miva or anywhere else for images.

5.3 Migration

The migration will take place automatically in this final step. In order for it to progress, you should not close your browser of remove Miva Connector. Information shows in this step:

  • Miva : Miva base url you have entered in Step 1, this url will be registered with your license.
  • Entity limit: the limit associated with your license. To change this value, you need to upgrade/purchase another license code.
  • Tips slider: handly tips you should know
  • Migration progress: show current progress
  • Console: show debug information.
  • After the migration is completed, click on “Clear Transient” to finish.


That’s all about migration process which can be carried out yourselves. Technical knowledge and skills are not necessary to use LitExtension shopping cart migration tools. Hope that with this detailed guide and attached video, online store owners don’t hesitate to try our live demo and decide to use our Miva to Prestashop migration tool– optimized solution for your online business.

You can also consider to migrate Miva Merchant to other target carts:

Migrate Miva Merchant to Magento 

Migrate Miva Merchant to WooCommerce

Migrate Miva Merchant to OpenCart

Migrate Miva Merchant to Shopify

Migrate Miva Merchant to BigCommerce

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