Collections provide a handy means of getting a blank model - e.g.:


Is there any means of doing this from an existing model without having to call for the collection - in other words directly from the instance? Something like this:

$product = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->load(43);
$productNew = $product->getNewEmptyItem();

I do realize I could call getCollection() on the product first - not sure if this has some overhead.


Obviously $product = Mage::getModel('catalog/product'); produces the desired result. Obviously. What I'm looking for is a means of getting a blank object without reinstantiating the model.

Perhaps I just need to switch to using singletons to ease my mind.

  • What's the need? – benmarks Mar 5 '13 at 23:37
  • I'm trying to create dynamic observers that won't necessarily know what the model is before it's retrieved - want a way of getting a blank instance of it without having to reinstantiate. I might be on the wrong track, but this is really handy to know regardless; albeit a #lazyweb way of getting this information! – philwinkle Mar 6 '13 at 3:51
  • I ask because re-instantiation is like nothing in terms of processing overhead. And, what are you doing with "dynamic observers"? – benmarks Mar 6 '13 at 13:07
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    Creating a frontend UI to attach observers to events. – philwinkle Mar 6 '13 at 15:23
  • You may be right about the re-instantiation; but even if it's purely academic it felt like a worthwhile question to ask. – philwinkle Mar 6 '13 at 15:24

You can use reset();


that calls _clearData, if you check in the Mage_Catalog_Model_Product you can see that this function resets all variables.

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  • Obviously, yes. I'm curious if there's a way to chain getting a new object at the end of loading. Otherwise, avoid reinstantiating the model again. – philwinkle Mar 5 '13 at 22:20
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    You should be able to use reset(), that calls _clearData, if you check in the Mage_Catalog_Model_Product you can see that this function resets all variables – Sander Mangel Mar 5 '13 at 22:36
  • Good question by the way, never thought about cleaning up the instance that way – Sander Mangel Mar 5 '13 at 22:44
  • You can use clone on the model before you load it if you only need empty instances. – Petar Dzhambazov Mar 6 '13 at 12:36
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    reset() only exists for catalog/product; is this question not asking for a more generic solution? – benmarks Mar 6 '13 at 13:06

The reset() method is available for Mage_Catalog_Model_Product but as a whole, this isn't available.

You could add a method like this:

public function reset() {
    return new self();

However, you cannot then call:


You would have to call:

$modelInstance = $modelInstance->reset();

Because of this, in my opinion, having your own reset() method is going to lead to misuse, and/or may confuse other developers. You are better off doing something like this:

$modelInstance = new $modelInstance;
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Does this not work via the clearInstance function on Mage_Core_Model_Abstract. This seems to clear references and data plus it also fires an event:

Mage::dispatchEvent($this->_eventPrefix.'_clear', $this->_getEventData());

Maybe I am missing something here though.

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