TBC March 2019

City, University London

Get Your Bits In! Using the Migrate module to populate your Drupal 8 site.



Session content

Get Your Bits In! Using the Migrate module to populate your Drupal 8 site.

Migrate has been a critical contributed component for populating your Drupal site since Drupal 6; with its inclusion in Drupal 8 core it is now the first port of call for importing Drupal entities from any external system.

This talk will assume no prior knowledge of the migrate module, and will springboard attendees to be able to immediately start work on their own migrations. Starting from first principles we will explain:

  • the use cases of migrate
  • migrate's architecture as an ETL (Extract - Transform - Load) system
  • the contributed parts of the puzzle you can use to leverage migrate's power
  • the gaps left over for you to implement in your custom module(s)
  • how to migrate from different source data types
  • how migrate keeps track of relationships between source and destination entities, and how this can help in some sticky situations
  • how process plugins fulfil the Transform stage of our ETL process, and what Drupal provides for free
  • using Drupal's Event system to listen for and react to key moments in the migration process

We will build from the simplest possible example migration from scratch and show how to use execute, rollback and interrogate migrations using live demonstrations. We will then incrementally build on our simple migration to map additional fields, deal with data dependencies and react to migration events.

This session capitalises on over 5 years of experience of leading migration implementations for some of the largest enterprise Drupal projects in Europe, maintaining contrib migrate modules, giving talks across the world and delivering workshops to Drupalistas of all levels from senior engineers to the UK's Drupal apprenticeship programme.

Might also involve monkeys.

Skill level
Basic understanding
Coding and Development
Session room
Session day

Keynote speakers

Ryan Szrama

Commerce Guys

Ryan Szrama

Ryan got his start in web development through an online sales company based in Louisville, KY. It was there that he nursed Ubercart through its infancy to its use on over 20,000 websites as the Project Lead and community face of the project.

In 2009, Ryan co-founded Commerce Guys and eventually led the development of Drupal Commerce for Drupal 7. He grew the new project from its first full release at DrupalCon London to its use today on over 60,000 websites.

As of February 2016, Ryan acquired control of Commerce Guys and assumed leadership of the business with his time split between managing the company and contributing to its various open source projects.

Chris Teitzel


Chris Teitzel

Chris has been part of the Drupal community for 8 years and during that time has been fortunate enough to be involved in all aspects of the community. Originally part of the team supporting the Omega theme, he helped drive documentation and community support to lower the bar for theming in Drupal. He’s since been involved in projects spanning the globe working with all levels of business from top enterprises to startups building everything from bootstrapped humanitarian tools based on SMS to airline ticketing systems built in Drupal Commerce. In the recent years he has set his sights on security in Drupal and specifically around data privacy and security to again lower the bar for developers to adhere to best practices.

Baddý Sonja Breidert


Baddý Sonja Breidert

Baddý Sonja Breidert (baddysonja) is the CEO and Co-Founder of 1xINTERNET, one of the largest Drupal web agencies in Germany. 1xINTERNET has offices in Germany and Spain and has clients all over Europe.

Baddý graduated with B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Reykjavik in 2003 and after that completed her M.Sc. in Engineering Management from the Technical University in Vienna, where she today teaches Agile Project management and IT. She is also an European champion in Robotic Soccer - where she competed with her University in 2008.

Baddý has been very active in the Drupal community and has organised conferences and events both in Iceland and Germany. Currently she is one of the main organisers of Drupal Europe, which will take place in fall 2018.


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