All add-ons currently require PHP 7.4 or greater.

On July 4th 2024 PHP 8.2 will be the new minimum requirement for all add-ons. Expect any add-on released after that date to require 8.2 or greater. Some releases may not immediately take advantage of 8.x specific features in PHP, which means you might, be able to continue using new releases in PHP 7.4, however, if you experience an error the first thing you should do is update to PHP 8.2 then create a support ticket if the error persists.

Publisher does not support the Fluid field type. Please do not contact asking when support will be available.

If you purchased an add-on from, be sure to visit to add the license to your account here on

Ticket: Can’t import categories with numeric value

Status Resolved
Add-on / Version DataGrab 4.2.2
EE Version 7.2.9

Gauthier De Paoli

May 09, 2023

When trying to import categories with numeric value (like 518, 001, 900, etc.) the datagrab_models threats these values as “cat_id” and not category values.

The magic occurs in datagrab_model.php:1806 in function findAndCreateCategories();

Repeatedly, it is written // Assume numeric categories are cat_id’s

Would it be possible to fix that ? Is it a

A possible solution would be to change the “is_numeric” function comparaison by a stricted one is_int() since is_numeric(‘001’) === TRUE but is_int(‘001’) === FALSE



BoldMinded (Brian)

Can you share an example of what your import file looks like?


Gauthier De Paoli

Please find an exemple here :

It’s the content of a .csv file


BoldMinded (Brian)

So after thinking about this a bit more I’m not sure what the solution is. Using is_int() assumes that the value is an actual integer, and coming from an XML or JSON file where someone might have it quoted means is_int() will fail, which is why it’s using is_numeric(). Even in your example the numbers are quoted, so I’m assuming is_int() is going to fail. If I make a change like this it could likely break a lot of people’s imports.


BoldMinded (Brian)

I just double checked old builds of DataGrab, prior to me owning it, and it’s been this way for a long time. I hesitate to make this sort of change.


Gauthier De Paoli

Hey Brian,

You’re right. Every value coming from the CSV/XML file will always be a string so is_int() will always return false.

A non-breaking change would be to add a configuration option for each category configuration row => Allow cell value to be a category_id (default: yes)

The condition :

if ($this->settings['config']['allow_numeric_value_to_be_category_id'] && is_numeric($cat)) {
    $entry_categories[] = $cat;
} else {

BoldMinded (Brian)

Gauthier, the next comment will have a link to a new build, but it’s a beta version of v5 that isn’t public yet. Version 4 is in code freeze and not getting anymore additions or bug fixes. You can read the docs at


BoldMinded (Brian)

Comment has been marked private.


Gauthier De Paoli

Comment has been marked private.

Login to reply