I want to add a new text area to my categories in Magento2, similar to this, but its for Magento 1: adding custom drop down field to category

Basically there should be a field for each category where my customer can put in some category-based SEO content. I want to echo it later on the sidebar.

How could I achieve this? Bonus points if I can achieve this with pure XML.


You need to create a module that has Setup/InstallData.php with content similar to

public function install(ModuleDataSetupInterface $setup, ModuleContextInterface $context)
        $installer = $setup;

        $categorySetup = $this->categorySetupFactory->create(['setup' => $setup]);
        $entityTypeId = $categorySetup->getEntityTypeId(\Magento\Catalog\Model\Category::ENTITY);
        $attributeSetId = $categorySetup->getDefaultAttributeSetId($entityTypeId);
        $categorySetup->removeAttribute(\Magento\Catalog\Model\Category::ENTITY, 'bottom_description');
            \Magento\Catalog\Model\Category::ENTITY, 'bottom_description', [
                'type' => 'text',
                'label' => 'Bottom description',
                'input' => 'textarea',
                'required' => false,
                'sort_order' => 101,
                'visible' => true,
                'wysiwyg_enabled' => 1,
                'visible_on_front' => 1,
                'is_html_allowed_on_front' => 1,
                'user_defined' => true,
                'global' => \Magento\Eav\Model\Entity\Attribute\ScopedAttributeInterface::SCOPE_STORE,
                'group' => 'General Information',
        $idg = $categorySetup->getAttributeGroupId($entityTypeId, $attributeSetId, 'General Information');

        //$installer->updateAttribute($entityTypeId, 'bottom_description', 'is_wysiwyg_enabled', 1);
        //$installer->updateAttribute($entityTypeId, 'bottom_description', 'is_html_allowed_on_front', 1);


Read more here.

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  • you also need to add the field in the form using the ui component. – Marius Jun 7 '16 at 13:47
  • @Vasilii - from the comments of your link it says that this code does not work after Mage 2.0.2. We are currently at 2.0.4 and 2.0.7. – Max Jun 7 '16 at 13:53
  • @Marius: could you please elaborate? – Max Jun 7 '16 at 13:54
  • You can see here how the fields are added in the category add/edit form. You need to create a file called view/adminhtml/ui_component/category_form.xml inside your module where you add your new field using the similar markup as in the file I just linked. – Marius Jun 7 '16 at 13:56
  • Do I need the common plugin files in my module folder, like registration.php and stuff? – Max Jun 7 '16 at 14:15

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