A customer of us has a special need for his site.He wants each customer to be able to download his wishlist as CSV.

Now my question is:

I know how to do that on the back-end for my module using in the controller the function exportCsvAction() . Is there anything similar i can do with the front-end? Or if not does Magento has something similar i can use or i should do something like getting the wishlist and add it to a CSV?? Thanks in advance.

1 Answer 1


Add these to your custom module controller:

class Some_Module_IndexController extends Mage_Core_Controller_Front_Action
    //Check if customer logged in
    public function preDispatch()
        if (!Mage::getSingleton('customer/session')->authenticate($this)) {
            $this->setFlag('', self::FLAG_NO_DISPATCH, true);

    public function downloadWishlistAction()
         * @var $wishlist Mage_Wishlist_Model_Wishlist
         * @var $item Mage_Wishlist_Model_Item
        $wishlist = Mage::getModel('wishlist/wishlist');
        $wishlist = $wishlist->loadByCustomer(Mage::getSingleton('customer/session')->getCustomer());
        $items = $wishlist->getItemCollection();

        $data = array(
            'Product Id',
        $fp = fopen('php://temp', 'r+');
        fputcsv($fp, $data, ',', '"');

        foreach ($items as $item) {
            $data = array(
                'id' => $item->getId(),
                'product_id' => $item->getProductId(),
                'product_name' => $item->getProduct()->getName(),
                'product_price' => $item->getProduct()->getPrice(),
                'qty' => $item->getQty(),
                'added_at' => $item->getAddedAt(),
                'store_name' => Mage::app()->getStore($item->getStoreId())->getName(),
            fputcsv($fp, $data, ',', '"');
        $data = fread($fp, 1048576);

        return $this->_prepareDownloadResponse(

And customer can download own wishlist entering yourdomain.com/module_frontend/index/downloadWishlist

  • I was wondering how _prepareDownloadResponse($fileName, $content, $contentType = 'application/octet-stream',$contentLength = null) is working.That's from the class: param: string|array $content set to null to avoid starting output, $contentLength should be set explicitly in. How else can we set the content? string or array? I' m a little confused..But thanks it works great
    – vbak
    Commented Jan 28, 2014 at 9:49

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