In Magento2, I understood we have to use repositories instead of collections. What I do not understand is how to add custom attributes to repository.

If I do something like this:

    $searchCriteria = $this->searchCriteriaBuilder
        ->addFilter(ProductInterface::STATUS, Status::STATUS_ENABLED)
        ->addFilter(ProductInterface::VISIBILITY, array(Visibility::VISIBILITY_IN_SEARCH, Visibility::VISIBILITY_BOTH), 'in')

    $products = $this->productRepositoryInterface->getList($searchCriteria);

I have a list of products, but I do not have all the attributes I need. How can achieve this? Something like the addAttributeToSelect in Magento 1.

  • addAttributeToSelect() also exit in magento2.x ,You can use like ` $products->addAttributeToSelect('name)`
    – Amit Bera
    Mar 23, 2016 at 16:51
  • Does it work with repositories too? Mar 23, 2016 at 16:52
  • yes.i should works as per as my concept
    – Amit Bera
    Mar 23, 2016 at 16:59
  • Just tried, it does not seem to work on repos, it only works on collections as far as I can see. Mar 23, 2016 at 17:03

1 Answer 1


I understood we have to use repositories instead of collections

not necessarily;

AFAIK, when you use repositories you adhere to Magento 2 service contracts, which means that service interfaces and data interfaces are defined (but extensible by third-party modules).

Making it possible at run-time to change the result of the call to the getList() method of a repository would violate this contract.

To retrieve the attributes you need at run-time you can use collections. Magento 2 framework itself makes an heavy use of collections.

Otherwise you should implement a module which defines a new data interface (that is, the new set of attributes) for that entity.

Hope it sheds some light.

  • Hi Alessandro, this is a n old question I forgot here :) . I came at your same conclusion. So thank you . Jun 18, 2016 at 9:06

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