How To Partially Export & Import a GTM Container

Published: 17 July 2020

Updated: 5 October 2022

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How To Partially Export & Import a GTM Container

UPDATED: Built-in Google Tag Manager feature supports a partial container export now (link to the documentation)

Hey, the world of GTM experts and enthusiasts!

All of us, who have used Google Tag Manager, at some point might have faced the need to import certain tags from one GTM container (not the whole container) to another.

If you deal with a few tags (up to 10), that is not a big issue as you can import the whole container and delete unnecessary tags in the destination container. The real headache starts when you need to do the exercise for let’s say 20 tags or more. To those who have been looking for a solution on how to partially import (export) a GTM container, we’re happy to share the tool created by our analytics expert.

Partial GTM Container Export & Import

  1. Export the GTM container you want to use certain tags from. Here is a link describing how to export the container
  2. Go to the link GTM solutions library; there is nothing fancy there, we keep it simple and practical.
  3. Navigate to GTM Customer Tags Import
  4. Upload the GTM container imported file (JSON), select the tags that you need to export, and download the file (as shown on the below screenshot)
  5. Import the downloaded JSON container file to the destination GTM container; note: the tool automatically exports triggers and variables used in the tags selected (as well as tag activity status)
  6. That’s it! Enjoy!

We’re a Google Tag Manager Certified Partner. If you need help with organizing and managing your tracking tags, reach out to our team. We provide consultancy, planning, and support from our Tag Manager-certified experts.

Further reading: How to Add Google Tag Manager Snippet to Shopify (Non-Plus)

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