K2 to Content Migration

K2 is a popular extension of Joomla. It always tops the list of most loved apps on versions J1.5, 2.5 and 3.

However, they still don't have a roadmap for Joomla 4 which is why you have to go back to Joomla Content, the default built-in extension on Joomla.

This tool makes it possible for you to migrate K2 articles to Joomla Content. Thereby, you can upgrade your website to Joomla 4.

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It is designed for ease of use. Note because K2 is not available on Joomla 4, so you only use this tool for Joomla 3.

Imported data includes:

  • All K2 Articles + Intro Image
  • All K2 Categories
  • All K2 tags
  • All K2 Extra Fields

After installing this tool, go to Components > K2 to Content to get started.

K2 to Content UI

Here, the tool will tell you what it will do. Include the number of articles and the number of categories to be imported. Click the "Import Now" button to launch.

Wait for the tool to notify you that the import is finished.

K2 to Content UI

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  • This commment is unpublished.
    David · 10 months ago
    ReleaseK2 to Content Migration v1.1.7
    ^ Option to import K2 intro image.
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      David · 9 months ago
      @ruudj Hi!All images are saved in the folder "images/k2". It will link to the intro or full image of the article when migrated.
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      ruudj · 9 months ago
      @David Hi David just executed the migration, articles and categories look fine - but where do the images go?? Don't see them in the database either? How to link or embed the K2 image (stored under media\k2\items\cache) to the articles!
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    David · 9 months ago
    Release K2 to Content Migration v1.2.7
    ^ Keep k2 ID
    # Fixed ID content sorting.
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    Mato · 3 months ago
    Hi David, is there a way to also convert attachment files? I see there is a really simple and free plugin that creates a "file" custom field. Maybe it could be used during conversion, if it is installed beforehand: https://it-conserv.de/joomla/downloads/2-plugins/12-field-file.html
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      David · 2 months ago
      @Mato Yes, you need to install both of these products. Then I'll make a few tweaks so they work together.
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      Mato · 2 months ago
      @David Hi, this is great news! So what do you suggest the solution should be? Install both, then setup a special template in the migrator before migrating, so it would take the attachment into account? I would be pleased to buy both with a little bit of help doing so. I have almost 2000 articles to migrate, and half of them have an attachment... So I definitely will need an automated way to work this out.
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      David · 3 months ago
      @Mato K2 Attachment is not a K2 custom field, so migrating it is not yet supported on K2 to Content Migrator.

      However, we do provide a file attachment solution for Joomla Content (see more https://joomhelper.com/file-attachments-for-joomla ). If you want to migrate k2 files to Joomla Content, you can use this plugin. Of course, I can help move it in case you need it.
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      Mato · 3 months ago
      @Mato Sorry, this plugin is J4-only, so it is unusable is this case :/
      The overall idea is maybe OK, though : I guess a simple Joomla 3 "file field" plugin could be part of your software's package.
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    Phil Gailinas · 4 months ago
    Used your product and it converted over 20,000 K2 items into Joomla articles with images. Everything looks good except trying to display content takes a very long time (with multiple timeouts). Eventually, articles are displayed but it's really not workable. Is this an issue with the number of articles or possibly a database keying issue, sorting, whatever?

    I am working with a cloned version of my live site so I can send admin access credentials to you if you'd like.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Martin · 5 months ago
    Hi.
    How look migrate images from k2?
    Migration is original images? or from /media/cachemedia/k2/items/cache/2a14beb1aee2d71c6fecb12f25c690f7_Generic.jpg

    How look migration if using K2 + Simple Image Gallery Pro ?

    Regards.
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      Antonio · 4 months ago
      @David There is no J!4 version of Simple Gallery Pro yet, only the free one and it works with the same tag (anyway you can change it as need), without the extra options of the pro version, but it works.
      It is necessary to change in SIG Pro setting the path to the correct galleries directory. The K2 plugin uploads them into media/k2/galleries, so you can move/clone the files into images/galleries or change the path.
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      David · 4 months ago
      @Michael Adding this structure is not difficult, but you must make sure this plugin works with Joomla Content.
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      Michael · 4 months ago
      @Martin This is realy a bummer, 95% of my articles have a gallery. This would mean converting them all by hand. Adding {gallery}K2 itemID{/gallery} to the end of the content could be a fix and easy to do.
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      Antonio · 4 months ago
      @David into {gallery}name-of-gallery{/gallery} tag, name-of-gallery is the k2 article ID.
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      Antonio · 4 months ago
      @David It would be very helpful if you added this possibility. Simple Image Gallery Pro is very often installed along with K2 because of the ease with which it allows you to insert a photo gallery into your content. In the end I think it is a matter of "transferring/copy" the {gallery}name-of-gallery{/gallery} tag into the article content.
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    Emmanuel Tano · 7 months ago
    Hello Sir,

    I have 24,166 articles, your extension is able to migrate a maximum of 3,200. Please do I get all articles migrated?
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    Paul Leslie · 9 months ago
    Hi David - I just sent you an email. Your plug-in did not work properly. None of the articles are in the categories. I have about 800 articles and 117 categories. This is not helpful. Can you assist?
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    Gerald Neale · 17 days ago
    Hi David, Just downloaded and converted 3200 K2 items to articles. Looks like it worked perfectly. A couple of questions. I could not find these answers in searching past comments, so sorry if they are redundant:

    1. Since the articles now have the same "alias" as the K2 items did, and it seems to be calling up the article (correctly) when entering the SEF URL, what happens/ed to the K2 items' aliases? Is there going to be a conflict at some point?

    2. Although they are converted, for some reason the tags are not working properly (i.e. "clicking" the tag doesn't list the articles with that tag).
    Thank you. This was quick and painless.
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      Gerald Neale · 16 days ago
      @David It's seems to be working fine when entering the URL of the article into the browser. I know I need to tweak the menus and modules, etc. I guess I"m all set.

      As for the question about the "tags," I believe it's acting up because I had the joomla tags turned off while using K2. I'm sure correcting that will resolve it. If not, I'll reach out.

      Thanks for a great product! It worked very well. I appreciate it.
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      David · 17 days ago
      @Gerald Neale Hi,
      1.The SEF URL will include the menu alias. So if you set Menu to content or k2, it will not conflict.
      2.I remember I fixed this. Could you send your site access to my email contact@joomhelper.com ?
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    Zellie · 1 months ago
    Hi there - I am trying this out, and most of my items are failing with the error message:

    Unknown column 'Array' in 'field list'

    How can I fix this please?
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      Zellie · 1 months ago
      @David To follow up: I have found two places where this extension is failing for me:

      (i) K2 extra field "link"
      This data is saved as an array, and I believe this is what is giving the error message "Unknown column 'Array' in 'field list'". None of the data in the "link" extra field is migrating for me.

      (ii) K2 tags that do not appear in items
      My site contains some terms in the K2 tags list that do not appear in any K2 items. As soon as the migration comes across one of these, it stumbles, and ceases importing tags.

      Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. I am on a tight deadline needing to finish my migration this weekend. I sent you an email with my site details, but if you need any further information, please let me know.
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      Zellie · 1 months ago
      @David Thank you. I have just sent you an email.
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      David · 1 months ago
      @Zellie Hi! Could you give me your site access for checking (send to email: contact@joomhelper.com)? Also, please help me backup your site first. I will check it soon.
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    Nicolino Cese · 1 months ago
    I recently purchased your "K2 to Content Migration" module. Unfortunately, all categories with an indication of the number of linked articles are transferred, but not the articles with the indication "404 Component not found". I'm a beginner, can you help me, thanks
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    Jordi badia · 2 months ago
    Hi, this component works fine while you are using j3, but after migration to j4 articles disapear. I can see them in DB but not in articles list. Only categories. Is it a bug?
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    Ronald Wegert · 2 months ago
    After the migration, the images are not displayed in the Images tab of the article. This is necessary in order to use my own templates and design articles. The links would have to be inserted in the intro and full image of the article table. Can you help me with this?
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    Timothy Stephens · 2 months ago
    After installing the plugin, there is no "K2 to Content" available in the Components menu.
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    Mario · 4 months ago
    Unfortunately, main photo captions do not migrate. :-(
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    Antonio · 5 months ago
    Hi, In case of failure, is it possible to know which contents were not imported? When there are hundreds or thousands of contents, it is difficult to check manually. Having a list would be very helpful.
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    Maurizio Binaghi · 5 months ago
    How can I import K2 image gallery too?
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    tobroz · 6 months ago
    Hi, my site have more than 30 000 articles, and ewery has image. Is this extension ready to migrate that? With the same id like in K2?
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    Alex · 6 months ago
    Hello, K2 is not longer working with J4. I buy this plugin, I migrate all of the content and after this I remove K2 and update to J4?
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    JC · 7 months ago
    I recently purchased your K2 to Content Migration tool and installed it and ran it. it successfully created all of the categories and articles but the extra fields are not being copied over correctly.

    I have configured lots of extra fields which contain very important content. It looks like it is only copy over the first field of every group?
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      David · 7 months ago
      @JC The content of the fields is in a separate table, it is not related to the article content. If it's "Textarea", I'm not sure why it's not working properly on your website.
      Please send website information and admin account to email: contact@joomhelper.com, I will check soon.
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      JC · 7 months ago
      @David Apologies ... so the textfields ARE copied over but NOT textareas! Most of my content is in textareas.

      You should probably declare this somewhere as I feel like ive been misled somewhat.
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      JC · 7 months ago
      @David But it seems to have copied over some textareas? But not others?

      How do I give you access to the site to take a look?
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      David · 7 months ago
      @David Fields that are not in this list are still added to the database, but Joomla content will not display it (because it is not supported).
      Note: This extension only has data migration function.
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      David · 7 months ago
      @JC As you said, all custom fields are "textareas" type, so they will be imported to content. I'm not sure why it not work correct on your site so give me your site access, I will check it soon.

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