I have existing simple products I need to assign to configurable products, however I can't find any interface to do this. This was possible in Magento 1, but I can't see where it is possible in Magento 2.

The only configurations interface I can see will only allow the creation of new products:

Screenshot of configurable product admin interface

Is there a way to associate existing simple products to existing configurable products using the admin interface?

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In Magento 2 you need to first use the Create configurations tool to create the simple products to associate, then you need to replace the auto-generated versions with the simple products you actually want.

Magento2 configurable product options

  • Thank you for this. For those interested, a closed GitHub issue on the problem, where it is stated: "Additionally, we have internal ticket MAGETWO-50639 in our backlog to revise the flow for configurable product." Commented Feb 21, 2017 at 9:11
  • When we click on it, it will not allow us to assign simple products to the Configurable products.
    – Ankit
    Commented Jun 2, 2020 at 15:00
  • you can see this extensions for Simple Configurable Products Commented Jun 2, 2021 at 6:31

Yes, there is an option to choose/add/associate existing simple products to existing configurable products In Admin interface.

Follow the below steps:

  1. Open the Product -> Catalog from admin interface.
  2. Open the configurable product where you actually want to assign/associate simple product.
  3. Now, From there configurable product form you will see Configurations option.
  4. Click on that option you will see an option "Add Products Manually"
  5. Click on that It will open your simple products grid on the popup. Select the simple products which you want to assign.
  6. Click on Done on the top right corner, Save your configurable product. You have successfully assign simple product to the configurable product.
  7. For more details refer below screenshot :

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    Actually, the Add Products Manually link does not show until first going through the Create Configurations process. Commented Feb 21, 2017 at 9:09
  • @DannyNimmo Yes thats correct !!! Because when you create configurable product !! then you need to select/give its configuration(kind of attributes) Based on that it will allow to select products . But your Question is for existing configurable product and for existing simple products... Hope you got it Commented Feb 21, 2017 at 9:13
  • 1
    But it does not make sense. You first need to make some placeholder configurations for a random attribute so that you're allowed to Add Products Manually, that's a lot of steps. A workaround could be to comment out line 312-315 in vendor\magento\module-configurable-product\Ui\DataProvider\Product\Form\Modifier\ConfigurablePanel.php so the Add Products Manually button always shows, but it won't work because then you haven't selected the attribute on which to create the configurations from.
    – Jacques
    Commented Jun 22, 2017 at 10:16
  • However, I understand Magento's decision to make it like this. It makes more sense to generate the underlying Simple products when creating the Configurable Products. Instead of (the old way) creating some Simple Products and then creating a Configurable product and assigning those Simple products to it. This new approach is clearer.
    – Jacques
    Commented Jun 22, 2017 at 10:21

Go to Product --> Catalog from Admin panel.

Then Click on Configurable Product from Add Product button.

Now scroll down you will see the Configuration section and unfold it.

By default, it will not show Add Product Manually option. So, first click on create configuration and follow all the steps.

It will now show you new product combinations with the attributes options you have selected. Then remove this product.

Now you will see the Add Product Manually option and now you can add all simple products easily. Once it's done click on Save Config.


Hope this saves someone the time I've wasted trying to find an answer and a whole lot of trial and error.

  1. In Magento 1, you assigned simple products to the configurable product.
  2. In Magento 2, you assign virtual products to the configurable product you have created.

If a user creates a Simple product and then want to use it with a Configurable product, they can't. They have to recreate this product as a Virtual product.

If anyone knows of a better way, please let me know.

  • 2
    Actually a virtual product is created automatically if you do not put a weight. That's why Magento 2 consider that it's a virtual product.
    – Sony
    Commented Mar 28, 2019 at 18:30

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