Back in Magento 1.3x there was a programatic way to kick off the index processing for a list of products. But somewhere between 1.3.x and 1.6.x Magento's indexing code was refactored and I can't figure out how to get that same functionality.

It seems that in CE 1.6+ we have the option of kicking off an indexing process for all products, or we have the option to kick off the indexing process for a single product. But I have a list of products (ten to a couple hundred) that I want to reindex, but I don't want to run them individually if possible.

If it makes a difference, I am only interested in the pricing index process.

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I think there is. I started looking to see what happens when you select multiple products in the grid and bulk change attributes. In this method Mage_Catalog_Model_Product_Action::updateAttributes() some reindex event is registered.

    $this, Mage_Catalog_Model_Product::ENTITY, Mage_Index_Model_Event::TYPE_MASS_ACTION

After digging deeper I ended up in this method for reindexing prices: Mage_Catalog_Model_Resource_Product_Indexer_Price::catalogProductMassAction(). So if you want to trigger a price reindexing process just for a few products you can call this method in your code.

Tip: if you are trying to reindex more than 30% of your products it will trigger 'reindex all prices' process. (I'm really curious on who came up with this 30% and how).

  • Would you mind sharing which version of Magento you are working with? Seems like I looked at something similar, and I think the "indexer" code was refactored to be in the Mage_Index module rather than Mage_Catalog and Mage_CatalogIndex.
    – shaune
    Commented Mar 21, 2013 at 19:18
  • I checked for CE version
    – Marius
    Commented Mar 21, 2013 at 22:49
  • I've checked for and and it seams to work in the same way. For 1.5.x and 1.4.x is similar. Only the class name is different: Mage_Catalog_Model_Resource_Eav_Mysql4_Product_Indexer_Price. In version 1.3.x and lower I didn't find any price reindexing. But I didn't look hard enough because I didn't think it's that important.
    – Marius
    Commented Mar 22, 2013 at 7:49

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