Frequently Asked Questions

Data Management, Integration, PIM, MDM, DAM

How can our software connect to Pimcore? Which services can be connected?
Pimcore can interface with any external software. Interfaces can be built quickly and easily to any software of service, because for each data component a native PHP and REST API is available. Pimcore is used by agencies and systems integrators worldwide to create customer specific individual software solutions. Connectors are built exactly matching the data models and underlying business processes.
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Do you have an existing connector for Magento / Shopware / Shopify or others?
Pimcore can easily integrate with any other third party software. An API-driven, service-oriented architecture make it possible to build interfaces to other systems quickly and easily. Additionally, the Pimcore extension marketplace offers a handful of connectors, curated by our partner network. However, in most cases building connectors from scratch using the native APIs is just as efficient.
Learn more in our developer documentation
What is the best practice to start with Pimcore for building a PIM for an online shop?
The first thing to keep in mind is which system will manage the master data. If there is an existing ERP system in place Pimcore is typically connected to this ERP system with a bi-directional interface. In Pimcore, the ERP data gets enriched with images, categories, attributes, etc. The data model and workflows in Pimcore are built according to the needs of the company, which will be working with this data. In the last step the online shop is connected and interfaces to BI systems, CRM, and external marketplaces are created.
How can I set up product feeds from Pimcore to Amazon / Google Shopping / Facebook / eBay?
We are currently working on a generic solution, the "Pimcore marketplace connector" which will be released when its done. Until then all product feeds can be built quickly with the Pimcore PHP API and the Pimcore REST API.
Learn more about marketplace connector
Can you explain to me in which way a PIM works together with Magento?
A PIM is used to consolidate and centrally manage your product data. You can enrich it with additional information such as accessories, attributes, classification, hierarchies, localization and with media assets and videos as well. Magento can access and retrieve this data via an interface and display it in your online shop.
Which product information can be stored in Pimcore PIM?
Almost any information related to a product and more can be stored in a PIM. Data Objects are the PIM part of Pimcore and are the way to go for managing structured data. Based on a class definition that defines structure and attributes, objects can be used for managing pretty much any structured data – products, categories, customers, news, orders, blog entries ....
What specific datatypes can Pimcore support?
Pimcore provides more than 50 datatypes to cater specific needs of a product information.
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How does a business know it needs a Product Information Management System?
With data spread across multiple repositories, there can be multiple issues like inaccurate or contradictory product information, multiple repositories for the same information and mistakes that cause delays or sometimes inaccurate data reaching the end customer. Whenever a business has product information spread among several different repositories throughout an organization, it can very well be in need of a PIM.
Is there any limit of products or SKU addition in Pimcore?
You can create, manage and store as many products as you like in Pimcore, provided you have enough storage allotted in your database and are using a powerful, well-configured server cluster or cloud infrastructure. The Pimcore application scales very well and some of our customers are managing 100+ million product data records in a single Pimcore instance.
Case study: 7 million products
Can we integrate external DAM system such as Celum or Cumulus?
Yes, this is possible via REST API and native PHP API with little effort.
Can the software import media files from a local folder to the server, or from a network share?
Absolutely, Pimcore can import single or multiple asset files either in manual one-time or recurring cron jobs with its powerful APIs.
Are transformed asset files stored inside a human-readable folder structure on the server? Can we access these files without the aid of the DAM software?
Yes, all files are stored on the server in the same folder structure which was defined in the DAM system. All assets can be accessed without the need to log into the system. Direct URLs for the assets may be created and shared, along with a collection of assets which might be placed in separate folders.
Can we connect and integrate Pimcore with our CMS Drupal, Wordpress, Sitecore, or Adobe Experience Cloud?
Yes, you can use Pimcore as your product, image and video library and directly display certain products and assets on our website for public viewing and download. Pimcore is extremely flexible and its APIs can be used to integrate with any CMS system. The REST, or GraphQL APIs and JSON/XML files can be utilized to push data to your systems for consumption.
How does the mapping and data conversion to product classification systems such as ETIM/ecl@ss/BMEcat work in Pimcore?
A function to map the managed data in the user interface into different output formats is not available in Pimcore. Using the 100% API-based system architecture (REST, GraphQL, and PHP), Pimcore allows you to create any output format for any catalog standard and classification system. There are no standard connections, because in Pimcore all data models are individually adapted to the respective company within the framework of the respective solution. Just like an individual export to an online shop or digital commerce system (XML, JSON,...), an individual export in any standard catalog format can be created and implemented with Pimcore.

Technology & Architecture

What about scalability and performance?
Pimcore is used in highly agile global environments and at Fortune 500 companies with millions of pages, digital assets and products, hundreds of editors and millions of monthly visitors. Due to the use of leading technologies such as MySQL, PHP, Elastic Search, Mongo DB and Varnish, Pimcore scales very well.
What is the best way to learn Pimcore as a developer?
To get started, we recommend having a look at our public demos. You can download them and use them as a boilerplate to get started with a new project. Download Pimcore for free and just work with it by relying on our developer documentation. If you like, you can book optional developer trainings ranging from 1 - 10 days.
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Is it possible to use an Oracle Database instead of a MySQL Database for Pimcore?
It is not possible to use an Oracle Database. Pimcore is only compatible with MySQL. Any MySQL compatible database (e. g. MariaDB or Percona) can be used. Learn more about the database setup in our developer documentation.
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How can we handle the deployment and staging processes, including database migration?
Learn more about the recommended staging and deployment process in our developer documentation. Special topics can be dealt with in the community forums or via the consulting services we provide.
Deployment recommendations
Is it possible for us to customize or extend your solution at source level?
Yes, the software is fully open source and can be customized and extended to your needs. You can even modify the core while still being able to receive all product updates.
Learn more in our developer documentation
Is it possible to write a generic REST API for product data of multiple customers in the same industry?
Yes, if you are using a generic data model you can easily write a generic API. Or you can use the existing, built-in REST API as well.
Learn more about the Pimcore REST API
Our understanding is that Pimcore is not a multi tenant solution, rather a company could set up a division with its own users and product catalogs. Is that correct?
Each instance of Pimcore writes into one separate, single database. To write into multiple databases, multiple instances would have to be set up. Pimcore helps companies gain ownership of their own users, data and product catalogs (based on individual company structure, product data, and business model).
What is your release and update cycle? Is downward compatibility guaranteed?
Our core development team is driving the continuous development of the product road-map and new features. Daily development and the complete source code are transparently available on Github. Therefore the community can always see what is happening. Typically, every two years a major release is published and every few months a minor release. We always ensure that new versions are downwards compatible to previous versions.
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How long are new Pimcore versions supported?
New major versions are typically released every two years and are supported for two years until the next major version gets released. Once a new version is available, the old version is backed by our LTS (Long Term Support) packages, which are available as part of the Pimcore Enterprise Subscription. The LTS is usually available for up to 2 years until another major version is released.
How easy is it to update Pimcore and how long does it usually take?
By using the PHP tool Composer, Pimcore can easily and steadily be kept up-to-date. We recommend that updates are performed by your implementation partner or service provider. The downward compatibility is very good (a few hours to a few days of work for an update, depending on the complexity of the solution).
Is Pimcore an out-of-the-box product?
Pimcore is the leading open source platform for managing digital data and a fully integrated software stack for CMS, DAM, PIM and Commerce. As a platform, Pimcore provides a solid foundation with generic functionality for all kinds of web applications and therefore allows rapid application development and building customer solutions really fast. Pimcore is built for developers and empowers them to build great digital experiences easily. As a consequence, Pimcore is NOT an ‘out-of-the-box’ software product like WordPress, Magento, Akeneo, WooCommerce, Shopify and others. You need a developer to get started.
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Are PIM, DAM and CMS standalone applications?
Pimcore comprises of four main product modules: PIM/MDM, DAM, CMS and eCommerce. These modules can be used together as well as standalone according to the business need. By using multiple modules you can leverage platform possibilities of linking products with CMS pages, digital assets with CMS pages and digital assets with products.
How can I contribute to Pimcore?
First of all thanks for your support, you can access information related to contributing to Pimcore on GitHub.
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Which IT security standards are met by Pimcore?
Pimcore meets the highest safety standards. As a framework Pimcore is not certified as such, but the individual customer solutions themselves are directly certified by independent agencies. These ongoing project certifications ensure optimal coverage of meeting latest security standards for the core product.
Is Pimcore certified by the CSA? (Cloud Security Alliance)
The software Pimcore can be deployed both on-premise and on cloud infrastructure. The Pimcore company itself is not a cloud service provider but instead relies on third party providers for its hosting service. All providers we work with - AWS, Azure, Google - are fully CSA certified. Or you can also choose to use any other cloud hosting service provider of your choice.

Customer Experience Management, CMS, eCommerce

Why should I use Pimcore eCommerce instead of Magento, Shopware or Shopify?
Standard shop software offer various features that can be configured. Often they are not a good fit for ambitious projects. If your business model is not standardized, a standardized shop software will not be the best solution for you. Instead of an out-of-the-box shop software, ambitious projects need a framework, which optimizes the developer's productivity. In addition to eCommerce, Pimcore has PIM, CMS and DAM integrated. You do not have to connect 4 systems with interfaces. This saves you a lot of time and money in delivering your projects.
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Can Pimcore easily integrate with ActiveCampaign / Mailchimp / Sendgrid?
Use the Pimcore Customer Data Framework to create marketing automation applications easily. Sample integrations to Mailchimp and IBM Marketing Cloud are provided in the free download package.
Learn more about customer data management
Can we create multilingual websites?
Yes, Pimcore provides multilingual support for CMS, Ecommerce and PIM.
Which output will we get in your web-to-print solution?
The 2 possible outputs are creating a PDF with the integrated PDF renderer PDFReactor or an integration with InDesign Server to edit the files in Adobe InDesign.
Learn more about PDFreactor
eCommerce Framework: Can I define rules for discounts? Can I define product bundles?
Yes. And much more than that. The Pimcore eCommerce framework covers any eCommerce use case.
Have a look at our advanced demo
Can Pimcore handle RTL (right-to-left) content like Arabic?
Yes, RTL is fully possible. We have many customers in the Arabic / MENA region, including Al Shaya. Click at the link to see an example RTL Pimcore website.
Zell am See Website (Arabic)

Pricing and Services

Do you have an enterprise support Plan? Do you offer enterprise level solutions? How about an SLA agreement?
Yes, we offer Enterprise Support and Service Level Agreements - 24/7 with 15 minutes reaction time.
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How is your pricing policy? How do you earn money? How does your business model work?
Our product - the Pimcore Platform - is 100% free of charge. You not have to pay any license fees for using the product. Our business model is based on optional paid services around the product. These include consulting, implementation, training, and support.
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How is your licensing policy? Is there any license cost at the enterprise level?
The Pimcore Community Edition can be used free of charge by both individuals and enterprises with the so-called GNU General Public License (GPLv3). Alternatively, we offer also a Proprietary License (PEL), which is provided with the Pimcore Enterprise Subscription.
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