I want to move some articles from an existing J! 2.5.x installation to another J! 2.5.x installation. I have had a look in the extensions but there is not a non commercial component that does this.

Can anyone provide any suggestions?

  • Install another copy of joomla, and overwrite all new tables?
    – hjpotter92
    Jul 16, 2012 at 15:48
  • Which tables would only encompass articles and categories?
    – TheEdge
    Jul 17, 2012 at 11:23

3 Answers 3


If you're talking about a one-off migration of articles there are a few options available. We use a variety of extensions depending on the job requirements, they are all listed in the Joomla! Extension Directory's section for Migration.

Lately we've been using the SP extensions more as we've had good experiences with their tool for migrating clients sites from Joomla! 1.5 to 2.5.

We used their SP Transfer twice to migrate groups of articles where a client had decided to break their website up into several smaller sites.

We've also used CSVI but that required a bit more manual work with respect to linked images and files.

  • SP is commercial. CSVI free edition only does VirtueMart. I need to do articles.
    – TheEdge
    Jul 17, 2012 at 11:22
  • sorry missed 'non' - compared to the hours and hours of time it's saved us its minimal cost is a non-issue for us.
    – Craig
    Jul 17, 2012 at 11:51

How to Migrate your Articles to Joomla 2.5 with J2XML


Why don't you duplicate entire DB and remove articles you don't need? In case if another installation is fresh install.

From command line you can export and import DB:

$mysqldump -u root -p [dbname] > dbjoomla.sql

$mysql -u root -p -h localhost [dbname2] < dbjoomla.sql

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