I have an attribute in eav_attribute "group_id" for customer/address, I am trying to sort my collection by this attribute.What I am doing is.

$customer = Mage::getSingleton('customer/session')->getCustomer();
$addresses = $customer->getAddressesCollection();
$addresses->addAttributeToSort('group_id', 'DESC');

I have also tried following, but nothing is working.

$addresses->getSelect()->order('group_id', 'DESC');


$addresses->setOrder('group_id', 'DESC');
  • what u sure ''group_id' is an attribute of customer/address?
    – Amit Bera
    Oct 27, 2016 at 7:51
  • Yes, it is has 'entity_type_id = 2' Oct 27, 2016 at 7:55

3 Answers 3


If group_id is not an attribute of Customer address type.

So You cannot short address collection by group then that is not possible easily.

For this case,you need to add a left join with Customer/address resource collection Class Mage_Customer_Model_Resource_Address_Collection

public function addGroupId(){

         $this->joinAttribute('customer_group_id', 'customer/group_id', 'parent_id', 'entity_id', 'left');

Then at customer model (app/code/core/Mage/Customer/Model/Customer.php) and modify getAddressesCollection() method

public function getAddressesCollection()
if ($this->_addressesCollection === null) {
    $this->_addressesCollection = $this->getAddressCollection()
    ->addGroupId()  // add this line at Collection for adding groupid  customer address collection
        ->addAttributeToSort('customer_group_id'); // This line has been added for sorting
    foreach ($this->_addressesCollection as $address) {
return $this->_addressesCollection;

If group_id is an attribute of entity_type_id=2

if If group_id is an attribute of entity_type_id=2 mean it is an attribute of customer_address then only need to modify at getAddressesCollection().

Just need to add ->addAttributeToSort('group_id') as per as your share lik How do I sort all of the multiple shipping addresses associated with a customer


Instead of this code :

$addresses->getSelect()->order('group_id', 'DESC');

You can try this :

$addresses->getSelect()->order('group_id DESC');

It's working fine for me.


Just replace:

$addresses->addAttributeToSort('group_id', 'DESC');


$addresses->addAttributeToFilter('group_id', 'DESC');

Please tell me if it worked.

  • Same result, not working Oct 27, 2016 at 7:28

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