Deleting Shopify Products with the Bulk Editor

You can use the Bulk Product Editor to quickly remove products from your Shopify store that match specific criteria. In this example, we'll remove all products from our store that don't have an image uploaded for them.

Prerequisites

In order to follow along you should have:

Let's get started.

Filter For Products to Delete

First we need to identify all the products that we want to delete. Open up the Bulk Product Editor and click on the Filter dropdown, then select Doesn't have images. The app will list all matching products:

The click on Modify Products to continue to the next step.

Deleting the Products

In the 'Field to Edit' dropdown, scroll down to the bottom and click on Delete Products:

Verify that only the products you want to delete are listed and then click on the red Delete Products button. Since this operation is permanent we want to be certain you want to delete the products. 

Click Delete Products one more time in the confirmation dialog to start the deletion

After you click the button the app will start deleting the products for you. You can cancel the job half-way through but there's no way to undo the task:

Deleting only Duplicated Products

There's no easy way to determine duplicate products but assuming that your product titles are unique, the handles (this is the URL identifier, like '1lb-bag-of-coffee') for a duplicate product will end with -1 on a new site. We can use that to tag duplicate products for deletion and then delete them.

To filter for duplicate products choose the following options from the Filter dropdown on the search page:

  • Field: Handle
  • Comparison: Ends with
  • Value: -1

It should look something like this:

Then you can delete the products as shown above.


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