Activity Forums Salesforce® Discussions What are the differences between the Import Wizard and Apex Data Loader in Salesforce?

  • Sanjana

    July 10, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Hello Suniti

    Import Wizard is designed for less-technical users and smaller, simple imports of up to 50,000 records. It is a step by step process and displays error messages to alert the potential record duplications (“dupes”).

    Apex Data Loader is used for complex imports of any size. It doesn’t display error messages to alert the potential problems. This tool includes several features that help in making large data imports easier.

  • Parul

    September 15, 2018 at 5:34 am

    The import wizard can import various records (leads, contacts, etc) up to 50K at a time, but can only import records.

    The dataloader can import, export, delete, insert, and upsert records/updated information and can exceed that.



  • shariq

    September 15, 2018 at 9:10 pm


    Import Wizard:

    For simple imports of up to 50000 records.
    It supports all custom objects and only few standard objects like Account, Contact, Leads, Solution.
    It supports schedule export.
    Delete operation is not available.
    We cannot export data.
    It doesn’t require installation.
    While importing, duplicates can be ignored.

    Data Loader:

    For complex imports of any size more than 50000 records.
    It supports all standard and custom objects.
    It doesn’t support schedule export.
    Delete operation is available.
    We can export data of all custom & standard objects, and can import all custom & standard objects except User standard object.
    It requires installation.
    While importing, duplicates cannot be ignored.

    Hope this helps.

  • L'homme

    February 18, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Shariq! Are you sur about this part of your answer:
    "Import Wizard: It supports schedule export."
    "Data Loader: It doesn’t support schedule export."
    I think there is a contradiction.
    Also in the same part you say for Import Wizard "We cannot export data and "it support schedule export".
    I'm not an export but just as logical I feel there is a mistake.

  • kishan

    February 23, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Apex Data Loader :- It provides an easy interface and self-explanatory wizard to load the data into Salesforce. You can perform import operation from this wizard but delete and insert operations cannot be performed through this wizard. Data import wizard doesn’t allow to load the duplicate records and all fields can be individually mapped by this wizard within Salesforce.
    Import Wizard :- Data Loader is the most efficient tool that is used to move data rapidly into the platform. The tool provided by Salesforce helps perform insert, update and delete operations on Salesforce records. It enables you to interact with your data within Salesforce across all objects.
    Data loader can help in various ways such as:
    Inserting data from one system to another upon the initial implementation of Salesforce Updating bulk records with new data Deleting bulk records that aren’t required any more Exporting data to other systems Create a backup of previous data.

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