Add or Edit a Catalog Source

A Coveo commerce catalog contains SKUs designed to be sold. Most catalogs will contain products, variants, stores or entitlement information. The catalog source is the recommended approach for most commerce catalogs. For Coveo for Salesforce business-to-business (B2B) Commerce, use the Salesforce source.

Take advantage of the Coveo Catalog to index content similar to a Push Source (see Push API).

  • Contact your sales representative to enable Coveo for Commerce features in your organization.

  • You can review your organization license limits in the Coveo Platform.

Add or Edit a Catalog Source

When adding or editing a Catalog source, follow the instructions below.

“Configuration” Tab

In the Add/Edit a Catalog Source panel, the Configuration tab is selected by default. It contains your source’s general and authentication information, as well as other parameters.

General Information

Source Name

Enter a name for your source.

A source name can’t be modified once it’s saved, therefore be sure to use a short and descriptive name, using letters, numbers, hyphens (-), and underscores (_). Avoid spaces and other special characters.

When coding a crawler to push content in this source, a developer will need this name to get the corresponding sourceId.

Stream API URL

Available only when you edit the source, the input contains the URL you must use to add and update an item in your source (see Manage Items and Permissions in a Push Source). The URL has the following form:<ORGANIZATION_ID>/sources/<SOURCE_ID>/stream/open

The URL that you can Copy to clipboard contains your <ORGANIZATION_ID> and <SOURCE_ID>, which are required parameters for all operations regarding your source. See the Stream section in Push API to test API calls.


When adding a source, if you have more than one logical (non-Elasticsearch) index in your organization, select the index in which the retrieved content will be stored (see Leverage Many Coveo Indexes). If your organization only has one index, this drop-down menu isn’t visible and you have no decision to make.

  • To add a source storing content in an index different than default, you need the View access level on the Logical Index domain (see Manage Privileges and Logical Indexes Domain).

  • Once the source is added, you can’t switch to a different index.


When you create the source, we recommend also creating an API key with appropriate privileges to authorize a process and send information to the source. This option is available at source creation only.

This option isn’t visible if you don’t have the Edit API keys privilege.

“Content Security” Tab

Select who will be able to access the source items through a Coveo-powered search interface. For details on this parameter, see Content Security.

If you select Determined by source permissions, your crawler process must push item permissions along with the content (see Manage Security Identities in a Security Identity Provider and Manage Items and Permissions in a Push Source).

“Access” Tab

In the Access tab, determine whether each group and API key can view or edit the source configuration (see Resource Access):

  1. In the Access Level column, select View or Edit for each available group.

  2. On the left-hand side of the tab, if available, click Groups or API Keys to switch lists.


  1. Click Add Source/Save.

  2. If you’re creating a source and selected the Create an API key check box:

    1. In the Your API Key dialog that appears, click Copy to copy the API key value to the clipboard, and then click OK.

      The Your API Key dialog appears only once and is the only place where you can see and copy the key value.

      If you fail to copy (or lose) the key value, the workaround is to manually create a new API key by selecting only the View and Edit check boxes for the Sources privileges of the Content service (see Add an API Key). In this case, you should also disable or delete the original unused API key.

      The key appears on the Administration Console API Keys page and its name is your source name followed by API key.

    2. Paste the API key value and source name in a secure location, so that you may communicate this information to the person who manages the crawling process.

  3. Optionally, consider editing or adding mappings.

What’s Next?

Now that you’ve created your Catalog source, go ahead and index some content. Proceed to Indexing Commerce Catalog Content.

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