I have the following in our helper:

public function __construct(
    \Magento\Framework\App\Helper\Context $context,
    \Magento\Catalog\Model\ResourceModel\Product\Collection $productCollection,
    \Magento\Catalog\Model\ProductFactory $productFactory,
    \Magento\Catalog\Model\Product $product,
    \Magento\Catalog\Model\Product\Option $option,
    \Magento\Checkout\Model\Cart $cart,
    array $data = []
) {
    $this->_productCollection = $productCollection;
    $this->_productFactory = $productFactory;
    $this->_prod = $product;
    $this->_option = $option;
    $this->_cart = $cart;

public function createProduct($sku, $name, $weight, $price, $jsonMix, $jsonPost, $type = 'simple')
    $mixProduct = $this->_productFactory->create();

    $mixProduct->setSku($sku); // Set your sku here
    $mixProduct->setName($name); // Name of Product
    $mixProduct->setWeight($weight); // weight of product
    $mixProduct->setPrice($price); // price of product
    $mixProduct->setDescription('' . $jsonMix . ' ' . $jsonPost);

    // defaults
    $mixProduct->setAttributeSetId(4); // Attribute set id
    $mixProduct->setStatus(1); // enabled/ disabled 1/0
    $mixProduct->setVisibility(4); // visibilty of product (catalog / search / catalog, search / Not visible individually)
    $mixProduct->setTaxClassId(1); // Tax class id
    $mixProduct->setTypeId($type); // type of product

            'use_config_manage_stock' => 0,
            'manage_stock' => 0,
            'is_in_stock' => 1,
            'qty' => 1

    // now save the product
    } catch(Exception $e){
        echo $e->getMessage();

    var_dump($mixProduct->getId()); die();


Calling it from a controller works only the first time, successfully creating a product in the backend. But any subsequent tries seem to edit the already existing product instead of creating a new one.

Does anyone know why?

  • Have you changed the SKU? Probably you are getting it updated because of that. Magento2 has a unique SKU per product. – awavi Apr 9 '16 at 11:45
  • I create the SKU using rand() at the moment for testing, so it should be unique. – tecjam Apr 11 '16 at 6:57
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    Ok, so the problem was the Product name, which also has to be unique or at least differ from the previous product name. – tecjam Apr 11 '16 at 7:30
  • Just add your answer to share it. – awavi Apr 11 '16 at 13:38

Injecting Magento\Catalog\Model\Product in the constructor means, you get the same instance every time (like a singleton).

That does not make sense for models. Instead you should inject Magento\Catalog\Model\ProductFactory and then instantiate the product like this:

$product = this->productFactory->create();
  • Thanks, I've updated my code. However, it still only creates one product, no matter how often I call the method. I use rand() to create the sku to prevent the same sku being submitted and it should return the id of the newly created product after being successfull. – tecjam Apr 8 '16 at 15:02
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    So after some testing the problem seems to be the product Name - which also needs to be unique - so for testing I also just use rand(), now it works! – tecjam Apr 11 '16 at 7:30

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