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How to use the Feeds api

Feeds ( is a very popular module. From the project page, we get a nice description of the module:

Import or aggregate data as nodes, users, taxonomy terms or simple database records.

The basic idea is that you throw a csv file to it and it creates drupal content. As simple as that. The input format can be more than just a csv, check the project page for more details.

We can use the feeds api if we want more functionality than the standard.
I am going to describe 3 different uses of the the feeds api:

  1. Perform an operation after a feed source has been parsed, before it will be processed
  2. Perform pre-save operations
  3. Add additional target options to the mapping form