How can someone import or do a batch update using a profile using a contact reference field? I have tried both and get errors on the import even though the format of the text is correct and those fields do not appear on the profile when doing a batch update. Thoughts?

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Just make sure that the referenced fields are imported as the same type. Even if it is you use a name lookup for Contact , CiviCRM will need the Contact ID.

Also watch the date format, I prefer YYYYMMDD as that always works for me.


Contact Import should work for contact reference fields, I did a quick test against 4.6 and it works as expected.

Currently batch update for contact reference fields is not supported in 4.6 or below version of CiviCRM.

  • I am using CiviCRM 4.5.8 and WP 4.1. To make sure I had fields right I exported from Civi first for one contact so the format was right. And the error I get is: Invalid value for field(s): but it was as taken from export. Thought?
    – Dana
    Commented Apr 28, 2015 at 17:47

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