Add or Edit a Catalog Source

A Coveo commerce catalog contains SKUs designed to be sold. Most catalogs contain products, variants, stores, or entitlement information. The catalog source is the recommended approach for most commerce catalogs.

The Coveo for Salesforce source can be used to easily index products, but the catalog source offers more flexibility for complex catalog structures such as products, entitlements, and prices not applicable to Salesforce. For more information on the Coveo for Salesforce business-to-business (B2B) Commerce solution, see Get started with Coveo for Salesforce B2B Commerce for Visualforce and Get started with Coveo for Salesforce B2B Commerce on Lightning Experience.


Before you create your catalog source:

  • Enable Coveo for Commerce in your organization by contacting Coveo Sales, if not already done.

  • Ensure that your data contains SKUs that are unique. For example, if your catalog contains products that have French and English names or descriptions that use the same SKUs, you would need to create a catalog source for each language in order to avoid the duplication of SKUs in the same commerce catalog. If your commerce catalog applies to multiple countries or regions, sells the same products under a single language, and is managed by a single merchandizing team, you would only need to create a single catalog source.


    There’s a 1:1 relationship between your commerce catalog and the product source, meaning your product source can only be used in one commerce catalog.

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.

Leading practice

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 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 Same users and groups as in your content system, 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, set whether each group and API key can view or edit the source configuration (see Resource Access):

  1. If available, in the left pane, click Groups or API Keys to select the appropriate list.

  2. In the Access Level column for groups or API keys with access to source content, select View or Edit.



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. In the Privileges tab, under the Content service, for the Sources privileges, locate your source name. Then, select View from the drop-down list in the Access Level column. Furthermore, under the Organization service, for the Organization privileges, select View from the drop-down list in the Access Level column. In this case, you should also disable or delete the original unused API key.

What’s Next?

Now that you’ve created your Catalog source, go ahead and index some content. Proceed to index commerce catalog content with the Stream API.