I have this working in advanced search :


Every product whose name contains "vanille" and attribute "is_bio" set to true will appear.

Now since I need to search not just in "name" but also other fields like "brands", I have to use quick search and its "q" query (correct me if I'm wrong). But in this case attributes won't have any effect :


Will show every products containing "vanille" whatever the value of "is_bio".

Is there anyway to activate params in quick search ?

  • Create your custom controller with custom filter. What is your search engine ? Commented Feb 24, 2017 at 19:07

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Yes you can do this. You need to go Catalog > Attributes > Manage Attributes and locate your attribute. Make sure the configuration for Use in Search Results Layered Navigation is set to Yes:

Screenshot of attribute configuration

However, note the warning underneath the option:

Can be used only with catalog input type Dropdown, Multiple Select and Price.

This means that if you are currently using a Yes/No attribute type you will need to create a new Dropdown type attribute.

Once you have your attribute set to be used in layered navigation, you can then use it as a filter in your URL, e.g. catalogsearch/result/?q=vanille&is_bio=123 (where 123 is your "Yes" attribute option ID).

There is a caveat to changing from Yes/No to the Dropdown type. If you are using this attribute elsewhere in your codebase, you will no longer be able to use the getIsBio() method to test for true/false:

if ($product->getIsBio()) {
    // won't work for Dropdown types

if ($product->getAttributeText('is_bio') === 'Yes') {
    // works for Dropdown types
  • Question is for magento 1.9 Commented Feb 25, 2017 at 7:38
  • @GopalPatel thanks for the heads up! Have updated my answer. Commented Feb 25, 2017 at 7:54
  • question is regarding catalog search and your answer providing information on b=navigation filters. is_bio is working in advance search means it is searchable attribute. Commented Feb 25, 2017 at 8:00
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    @GopalPatel Layered navigation can be used to filter catalog search results. Advanced search is a completely different configuration to layered navigation. Commented Feb 25, 2017 at 8:05
  • Upps sorry got confused between my current project's requirement and this question Commented Feb 25, 2017 at 8:10

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