My application is configurable, so I have a few settings in the system.xml file. One of the setting uses a custom adminhtml dropdown source model.

So, in the XML, I have defined the setting row like this:

<store_id translate="label">
    <label>Select Store View</label>
    <comment>Select the store view that is used for the integration.</comment>

So, I have created the dropdown source model Stores.php here:


This file's contents are:

class Mycompany_Mymodule_Adminhtml_Model_System_Config_Source_Dropdown_Stores
    public function toOptionArray()
        // Build Option Array
        $optionArray = array();
        foreach (Mage::app()->getStores() as $store) {
            $optionArray[] = array(
                'value' => $store->getId(),
                'label' => Mage::helper('mymodule')->__($store->getName())

        // Finished
        return $optionArray;

My config.xml section for defining the models looks like this:


This was working fine before. I could go into System -> Config and click on my module tab and I could see a dropdown list of stores.

Today, this isn't working & I am not sure why. I get the following error:

Fatal error: Call to a member function toOptionArray() on boolean in /home/www-data/public_html/includes/src/Mage_Adminhtml_Block_System_Config_Form.php on line 463

Any ideas what might have gone wrong? If I comment out the config section row in the system.xml the config page works in the backend.


From looking in your part of the config.xml codes I can see module calling problem in system.xml


Change to


And also change the path of your this file and change class name as well:

class Mycompany_Mymodule_Model_System_Config_Source_Dropdown_Stores

Magento strongly follows folder and file structure. You should match it's requirement exactly to be able to get it work.


Magento module folder structure should be this:


This means your adminhtml cannot come before model or block or etc folders. It should/must go inside them.

To your problem

When declaring a source model for a field in system.xml, Magento will try to retrieve the options for the field by calling:

Mage::getModel('source model here')->toOptionArray();

So in your case it tries :


and returns null.

If I changed it like you said, then the file's location must be moved. I tried it anyway and still same error.

Then there is something wrong in your Model/System/Config/Source/Dropdown/Stores.php file. Try replacing this function and see if that works for debugging:

public function toOptionArray()
        return array(
            //array('value'=>'', 'label'=>''),
            array('value'=>'grid', 'label'=>Mage::helper('adminhtml')->__('Grid Only')),
            array('value'=>'list', 'label'=>Mage::helper('adminhtml')->__('List Only')),
            array('value'=>'grid-list', 'label'=>Mage::helper('adminhtml')->__('Grid (default) / List')),
            array('value'=>'list-grid', 'label'=>Mage::helper('adminhtml')->__('List (default) / Grid')),
  • P.s is there a built in dropdown source I could use (like the adminhtml yes/no) to retrieve a list of stores configured in the magento rather than implementing it myself? – Latheesan Feb 5 '16 at 12:42
  • Actually, I did some digging around turns out there is a built in store list model. See my answer. – Latheesan Feb 5 '16 at 12:51

I have solved it. I did not implement my own custom dropdown source model, instead I used one of the built in ones. This is what I did:





and voilà, it works. This is good enough for me, I don't need to re-invent the wheel to get a dropdown list of store id => name.


Fatal error: Call to a member function toOptionArray() on boolean in /home/www-data/public_html/includes/src/Mage_Adminhtml_Block_System_Config_Form.php on line 463

Above error is coming because your compilation is enable. So please follow bellow steps

  1. Go admin side System > Tools > Compilation page and click on Disable button.
  2. Go admin side System > Cache Management screen and use Flush Cache button.
  3. Now check again.

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