I added a custom category attribute via a module as this tutorial shows, that's working fine; the field is shown and saved correctly in the backend. But I can't figure out how to show it on the frontend.

I've added the attribute as a textfield, and it's content is supposed to be shown in a custom .phtml block that gets loaded on the category-view via XML.

I first tried to do it like you'd call a product attribute, i.e.

$_helper = $this->helper('Magento\Catalog\Helper\Output');
$_category = $block->getCategory();
echo $_category->getData('customcatattribute');

But no luck.

Then I found this answer and applied what it says, but still no luck.

Whenever I try to call the field I either get no results and the page works, or the page breaks and stays blank.

This shouldn't be too hard, how can I call my custom category attribute?

  • Hey @Alex..did you found any solution for this?...If yes, then let me know please...
    – Yudi
    Dec 16, 2016 at 11:02
  • Hey @Yudi - I eventually got it to work. I'm not too sure if I fixed something or that it was a bug in Magento that got fixed. Either way, I'll dig up my working code and add it as an answer in a moment!
    – Asitis
    Dec 16, 2016 at 11:05
  • Thanks for quick response. and i am waiting for the answer....:)
    – Yudi
    Dec 16, 2016 at 11:07
  • @Yudi ; did you get the module working, or do you need the layout of that aswell?
    – Asitis
    Dec 16, 2016 at 11:08
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    @Alex...Dude...Its working now.... The foult was only version..when i changed its version to 2.0.1 its started working. Thanks Cheers...
    – Yudi
    Dec 16, 2016 at 13:46

2 Answers 2


Eventually I was able to call the custom attribute in the frontend (in my case an extra category-image) like this:

$objectManager = \Magento\Framework\App\ObjectManager::getInstance();
$category = $objectManager->get('Magento\Framework\Registry')->registry('current_category');//get current category
$catbgimg = $category->getData('cat_bgimg');

if (!empty($catbgimg)) {
    echo '<img src="' . $catbgimg . '" />';
} else {
    // Something else

I know calling the objectManager directly is shunned, but whatever works. If anyone has a better idea, I'd love to hear :)

Edit: I added the module to GitHub: https://github.com/Asitis/m2-CatAtt

  • Does that work with flat tables enabled and disabled?, Don't think so
    – diazwatson
    Jan 26, 2018 at 17:08
$category_id = 20;
$objectManager = \Magento\Framework\App\ObjectManager::getInstance();
$_category = $objectManager->create('Magento\Catalog\Model\Category')->load($category_id);  

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