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I want to import an old database using API Contact create. In the de-dupe rule documentation it mentions "They are also used when you Import contacts". I see in the API documentation that there exists a parameter 'dupe_check'. When set what will it do exactly? Will it use the rules? How will it respond when dupes are found?

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The dupe_check works almost exactly the opposite from what you'd expect :)

If you set dupe_check to TRUE in a Contact.create API call, then an unsupervised dedupe check will be performed. If there IS a duplicate, then the contact won't be updated, the API call will return an error with a list of contact IDs that are matched.

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  • Wow a 6 year old question now answered!
    – Demerit
    Commented May 18, 2022 at 20:55

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