Hi I have created one attribute called archive whose type is Yes/No. So archive attribute for every product has either Yes/No.

Now I want to sort product collection so that all products whose archive value=YES should come at the end.

I tried:

$collection = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->getCollection()
             ->addAttributeToFilter('type_id', 'configurable')
             ->joinField('category_id', 'catalog/category_product', 'category_id', 'product_id = entity_id', null, 'left')
             ->addAttributeToFilter('category_id', array(
                 array('finset' => '37'))
             ->addAttributeToSort('archive', 'desc');

But it does not work.

Printing $collection->getSelect() results in:

SELECT `e`.*, `cat_index`.`position` AS `cat_index_position`, `price_index`.`price`,    
`price_index`.`tax_class_id`, `price_index`.`final_price`, IF(price_index.tier_price IS  
NOT NULL, LEAST(price_index.min_price, price_index.tier_price), price_index.min_price) 
AS `minimal_price`, `price_index`.`min_price`, `price_index`.`max_price`,  
`price_index`.`tier_price` FROM `catalog_product_entity` AS `e` INNER JOIN  
`catalog_category_product_index` AS `cat_index` ON cat_index.product_id=e.entity_id AND 
cat_index.store_id='1' AND cat_index.category_id = '37' INNER JOIN 
`catalog_product_index_price` AS `price_index` ON price_index.entity_id = e.entity_id 
AND price_index.website_id = '1' AND price_index.customer_group_id = 0 WHERE 
(`e`.`type_id` = 'configurable')
  • how's it getting sorted now?
    – Shathish
    Dec 28, 2013 at 4:40
  • Try to print your SQL query and check. print $collection->getSelect();
    – Sukeshini
    Dec 28, 2013 at 10:01

1 Answer 1


Make sure the archive attribute is added to the flat product data by setting Used in Product Listing to yes. Also it's probably better to load the product collection via the catalog/category model instead of joining another table.

Also, to have yes come as last make the order ascending instead of descending

$category = Mage::getModel('catalog/category')->load(37);
$collection = $category->getProductCollection()
   ->addAttributeToFilter('type_id', 'configurable')
   ->addAttributeToSort('archive', 'asc');
  • where I do this modify? Jun 9, 2016 at 10:14
  • @ClaudioPomo can you be more specific? You mean where you set the attribute flat data property? Jun 10, 2016 at 6:29
  • Where is the file to update? Or in which part of magento core I have to edit? Jun 10, 2016 at 6:33
  • @ClaudioPomo This was actually an answer to some script OP wrote. Why not post your exact question with case and I promise to take a look :) Jun 10, 2016 at 7:43
  • This is my question Jun 10, 2016 at 7:56

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