I'm creating my own EAV entity and one of the attributes of my entity has the type select so it requires a source model.
But I don't want to create my own class just for this attribute since I already have a virtual type defined for it that I use in the form and grid for a flat entity in the same module.

<virtualType name="SomeTypeNameHere" type="[Namespace]\[Module]\Model\Source\Options">
        <argument name="options" xsi:type="array">
            <item name="1" xsi:type="array">
                <item name="value" xsi:type="number">1</item>
                <item name="label" xsi:type="string" translate="true">Label 1</item>
            <item name="2" xsi:type="array">
                <item name="value" xsi:type="number">2</item>
                <item name="label" xsi:type="string" translate="true">Label 2</item>

Can I use SomeTypeNameHere as a source_model for an attribute ?
I know I can test this, but I'm far from having a functional entity. I'm still in the setup phase (more or less).
If someone already tried this I could use a simple Yes/No answer so I know which direction to take.

1 Answer 1


95% sure that it works.

If the Source Model is instantiated by the ObjectManager (I really think, or at least hope so, the Object Manager just creates a new Object of [Namespace]\[Module]\Model\Source\Options with the parameters defined for SomeTypeNameHere

  • Thanks for this. I will take this approach, with virtual types as source models, and if it does not work it's your fault :D.
    – Marius
    Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 13:18
  • all clear, I'm also curious ;) Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 13:19

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