I have a Feeds importer that's running periodically (with cron) using "Feeds Fetcher Directory" fetcher. Now I need to run the importer on demand from other app outside the site. Is there a way to just run the importer (not cron) in a similar way as cron does? (going to some url)

I'm using Drupal 7.53.


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Since version 7.x-2.0-beta3, Feeds has Drush support. You could use the following command to trigger an import (where 'my_importer' is the machine name of your importer):

drush feeds-import my_importer

If the importer is attached to a content type, specify also the feed node with the option '--nid':

drush feeds-import my_importer --nid=2

Note that a source for the importer in question must exist*. So you need to have gone through the import form at least once.

You could write a shell script that executes the drush command and that is triggered when the url is requested.

*The drush command 'feeds-import' has more options, allowing you to perform an import even when no source was created yet. But I don't think that applies in your situation. See https://drushcommands.com/drush-7x/feeds/feeds-import for more information.

  • Thanks, it's a good option i didnt know about. Sadly in my case Drupal is running on Windows without drush.
    – Nacho
    Jan 19, 2017 at 13:08

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