I'm using Magento 2.1.0 and I'm currently having difficulties in filtering product collection with multiple categories. I've used more than a couple of ways to make it work but it won't.


$catalog_ids = [618, 619, 620];
  1. Returns NULL

    $productCollection = $this->productCollectionFactory->create()
        ->addCategoriesFilter(array('in' => $catalog_ids));
  2. Returns exception: Invalid attribute name: category_id

    $productCollection = $this->productCollectionFactory->create()
        ->addAttributeToFilter('category_id', array(
            'finset' => $catalog_ids
  3. Returns Syntax error or access violation

    $productCollection = $this->productCollectionFactory->create()
        ->addAttributeToFilter('category_ids', array(
            'finset' => $catalog_ids

Any advice on how I could be able to have this work or have something link this work?

  • Try to check generated sql. $productCollection->getSelectSql(true); Sep 27, 2016 at 8:00

2 Answers 2


You are probably used to the "every method returns $this" paradigm from Magento 1. This is not the case anymore (at least not always).

Specifically, addCategoriesFilter() does not return anything and that's why you get null.

Change the code to:

$productCollection = $this->productCollectionFactory->create();
$productCollection->addCategoriesFilter(array('in' => $catalog_ids));
  • 3
    To suggest that it is not the case anymore is probably stated too strongly. The function 'addCategoryFilter' (singular) in the same class does return $this; so adding the return value in 'addCategoriesFilter' has probably just escaped the attention of a developer. Sep 28, 2016 at 8:06
  • yeah, that would make sense too Sep 28, 2016 at 8:14

Your first try is definitely the right way of doing it:

$values = [318, 619, 620];
$conditionType = "in";
$productCollection->addCategoriesFilter([$conditionType => $values]);

Now there's two things to ensure: $productCollection must be an instance of Magento\Catalog\Model\ResourceModel\Product\Collection for this to work (or from a class that extends it).

And obviously you need to have products in the catalog_category_product table that matches that condition, maybe that's not the case and that's why you get NULL.

  • Which is the better way using product collection or using service contracts? Magento\Catalog\Api\Data\ProductSearchResultsInterface
    – MagePsycho
    Sep 27, 2016 at 19:30
  • @MagePsycho if you have the choice always go for service contracts ;) Sep 27, 2016 at 20:05

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