I follow this answer for update related products, It works but it will delete cross sell and upsell products of parent. is this default behavior or did I something wrong?

//For testing load one product


//Here I collect related skus list programatically


$skuLinks = explode(",",$related);
$obj = \Magento\Framework\App\ObjectManager::getInstance();
foreach($skuLinks as $skuLink) {

    $productLink = $obj->create('Magento\Catalog\Api\Data\ProductLinkInterface')
    $linkData[] = $productLink;


//Set Product Link

//checking, it only display the related skus, previously it shows related,upsell,crossell
foreach($links as $link)
    echo $link->getLinkType().' - '.$link->getLinkedProductSku().'<br>';

2 Answers 2


All links will be overwritten, if you call ProductInterface::setLinks method. You can try to add new links in already existed product links array.


$links = $product->getProductLinks();
$links[] = $newLink;
  • it make sense. I will test... :-) Feb 4, 2017 at 16:02
  • you provide answer for add new product links, however for update/replace we need to preserve crosssell and upsell alone after that add related skus, finally overwrite. :-) Feb 6, 2017 at 6:38
  • Please answer on this magento.stackexchange.com/questions/233321/… Jul 13, 2018 at 10:17
  • not working, getting this error Call to a member function getLinkType() on array in /var/www/html/rectorsealwork/vendor/magento/module-catalog/Model/ProductRepository.php:451
    – Yogesh
    May 12, 2020 at 14:29
  • Do you know if it's possible to just save only the related product attribute @Max, or better still, just the cross sell or just the upsell?
    – John
    Oct 6, 2020 at 14:54

The following code works for me. The code inserts product id and the related product ids directly to the database.

 try {
   $q = $objectManager->get('\Magento\Framework\App\ResourceConnection');
   $q->getConnection('core_write')->query("insert into catalog_product_link (linked_product_id, product_id,link_type_id) values (".$newRelatedProdId.",".$newProdId.",1)");

                    catch(Exception $e)
                        echo 'Duplicate Key'.PHP_EOL;

Please refer the below links for the further details. https://www.pearlbells.co.uk/programmatically-assign-related-products-magento-2/

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