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REST API Product create very slow

REST API Product create very slow

Feature request from MrSena, posted on GitHub Jul 21, 2016

Hi! I am develop integration with ERP. But have many problem with import large product catalog to Magento (2.1 from composer metapackage.) REST API Product create very slow - import one thousand products more 15 min. (post request to /rest/V1/products). Internal csv import work fast, but I can't start him remote. Also this way, there is no way to create the attributes and attribute_sets.

Solve the problem with the speed REST API, please

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Comment from choukalos, posted on GitHub Jul 25, 2016

Hi @MrSena,

What product creation api response time are you looking for? How many products are you trying to sync at one time (assume initial sync)? Have you used the scheduled import/export function in Enterprise edition? If that could be defined via XML for an extension would that address your need?

Thanks, Chuck

CC'ing @mbrinton01

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Comment from MrSena, posted on GitHub Jul 27, 2016

Hi @mbrinton01 I am use Community Edition. Now I have a directory with more than 20,000 products put /V1/products /{sku} for about 1 second for each item In my case, the price update for all products takes more than 5 hours. If I use CSV import from admin, the import time is a few seconds, but I can not initiate this process remotely. Initial sync I can run manually. But regular update need automatic mode - csv import unsuitable in the current implementation Thanks!


The API has always been slow, even from Magento 1x days. Has only improved slightly over the years. I initially used the API for imports/updates but gave up in the end. Too slow...


What I now do is have a custom table(s) on the magento database which contains all the relevant product data. I sync to these table(s) off and on adding and editing records as required.


Then I have a php script which makes calls the the magento product model updating the data as needed from the table(s). This is all run using a crontab schedule. As a record is updated or added I change the status on the customer table record to flag as done.


it works fairly well



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  • Hello I am php developer and I am working with magento 2 rest api. Problem is that when I create product using rest api in my localhost It take time at least 8 second per 1 product. (Please check code snippet)
  • How Can I reduce time for API response or speed up in rest api
  • One more question : Can I add bunch of products in one request??
logWrite(": On Process Started");
    $product_image = "http://" . $_SERVER['SERVER_NAME'].'/magento2api/test.jpg';
$imagedata = file_get_contents($product_image);
$base64 = base64_encode($imagedata);
$product_url=$url. "rest/V1/products";
//Authentication rest API magento2, get access token
$ch = curl_init();
$data = array("username" => $username, "password" => $password);
$data_string = json_encode($data);

$ch = curl_init($token_url);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_CUSTOMREQUEST, "POST");
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, $data_string);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, array(
    'Content-Type: application/json',
    'Content-Length: ' . strlen($data_string))
$token = curl_exec($ch);
$adminToken=  json_decode($token);
$sampleProductData = array(
        'sku'               => 'SKU10002',
        'name'              => 'Simple Product ' . uniqid(),
        'visibility'        => 4,
        'type_id'           => 'simple',
        'price'             => 20,
        'status'            => 1,
        'attribute_set_id'  => 4,
        'weight'            => 1,
        'extension_attributes' => array(
        'custom_attributes' => array(
            array( 'attribute_code' => 'category_ids', 'value' => ["2"] ),
            array( 'attribute_code' => 'description', 'value' => 'Simple Description' ),
            array( 'attribute_code' => 'short_description', 'value' => 'Simple  Short Description' ),
        'media_gallery_entries' => array(
                'id'=> 0,
                'media_type'=> 'image',
                'label'=> 'TESTIMAGE',
                'position'=> 0,
                'disabled'=> 0,
                'types' => array('image','small_image','thumbnail'),
                'file' => 'test.jpg',
                'content' => array(
                        'base64_encoded_data' => $base64,
                        "type"=> "image/jpeg",
                        'name'=> 'test.jpg'

$productData = json_encode(array('product' => $sampleProductData));

$setHaders = array('Content-Type:application/json','Authorization:Bearer '.$adminToken);
$ch = curl_init();
curl_setopt($ch,CURLOPT_URL, $product_url);
curl_setopt($ch,CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, $productData);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_CUSTOMREQUEST, "POST");
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, $setHaders);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, false);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
$response = curl_exec($ch);
$decode = json_decode($response);
logWrite(": On Process Completed");
echo "<pre>"; print_r($decode);exit;

function logWrite($msg,$filename='Test.txt')
    $path = $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'];
    $urlpath = $path.'magento2api/'.$filename;
    // echo $urlpath;exit;
    $fp = fopen($urlpath,'a');
    $time = @date('[d/m/Y H:i:s] ');
    fwrite($fp, $time."\t".$msg.PHP_EOL);

Thank you in advance