How to Export/Import Navigation Menus in WordPress (Step-by-Step Guide)

Whether it’s for migrations or backup there are plenty of reasons to export WordPress menus. Additionally if you use a staging environment and want to move your menus to production this guide will show you how to export your WordPress menus.

Today I’ll go over how to use the free “Export WordPress Menus” plugin to export your WordPress menus.

How to Export WordPress Navigation Menus:

1. Install and Activate Export WordPress Menus

First to enable menu items to be exported you’ll need to install and activate the Export WordPress Menus plugin.

This can be done by just going to Plugins/Add New and searching “Export WordPress Menus” on the top right.

We’ll be using the one by Tyche Softwares.

Now that we have the plugin enabled we’ll want to run our export.

2. Run the WordPress Export Tool

In your admin dashboard sidebar go to Tools/Export.

WordPress export menu

Here you’ll see a new option to export navigation items.

Export navigation menu items

After selecting “Navigation Menu Items” click download export file.

Using this file we’ll import it to our destination site.

3. Import WordPress Navigation Items

On your destination site head to Tools/Import.

WordPress import option

At the very bottom of this screen is the WordPress importer, here you’ll want to click “Run Importer”.

The WordPress importer screen will allow you to upload the export file you just created. Select and upload your file and you’ll be asked what author you’d like to assign the posts to.

After this runs all of your menu items should be migrated and visible in Appearance/Menus.


And just like that you now know how to export WordPress menus.

Andy Feliciotti

Andy Feliciotti

Andy has been a full time WordPress developer for over 10 years. Through his years of experience has built 100s of sites and learned plenty of tricks along the way.

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