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Create a category attribute in Magento

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Written by Giles Bennett

From time to time you might need to create an attribute which isn't linked to a particular product, but instead is linked to a category. A recent example (for me) was creating a block of overlay text to float above the category image.

Create a Category Attribute in Magento

But it's not as simple to create category attributes in Magento as it is to create product attributes - but with a simple script it's not particularly difficult.

$installer = new Mage_Sales_Model_Mysql4_Setup;
$attribute  = array(
    'type' => 'text',
    'label'=> 'Your attribute label text',
    'input' => 'text',
    'global' => Mage_Catalog_Model_Resource_Eav_Attribute::SCOPE_GLOBAL,
    'visible' => true,
    'required' => false,
    'user_defined' => true,
    'default' => "",
    'group' => "General Information"

$installer->addAttribute('catalog_category', 'ATTRIBUTECODE', $attribute);

It should go without saying that the ATTRIBUTECODE in the second to last line should be whatever you want your attribute's code to be.

Save this file as a PHP file, upload it to the web root of your site, hit it in a browser and then look in the admin panel and you should see your new category attribute ready to use at the bottom of the General Information tab.

Author : Giles Bennett

About the author

Giles Bennett built his first website in 1996, and is old enough to miss Netscape Navigator. Initially a lawyer, he jumped ship to IT in 2008, and after 5 years as a freelancer, he founded HummingbirdUK in 2013. He can be reached by email at