I have a script to import a list of product from xls. It works fine except for the image; I use the following bits of code:


if(file_exists(Mage::getBaseDir('media') . DS . 'import' . DS . $gallery_img)){
    $product->addImageToMediaGallery(Mage::getBaseDir('media') . DS . 'import' . DS . $gallery_img, null, false, false);


The image is actually added to the product but it's not selected, so it does not show in the frontend:

enter image description here

How can I "select" it programmatically?



If you check Magento's addImageToMediaGallery function located at app\code\core\Mage\Catalog\Model\Product.php file,

public function addImageToMediaGallery($file, $mediaAttribute=null, $move=false, $exclude=true)

You will see that second attribute is code of attribute with type 'media_image'. This attribute will define which image will be set as which media image.
By default there are three.

  1. image
  2. small_image
  3. thumbnail

So you need to pass value to your second argument as below

$product->addImageToMediaGallery(Mage::getBaseDir('media') . DS . 'import' . DS . $gallery_img, array('image', 'small_image', 'thumbnail'), false, false);

to set them as main image, small image and thumbnail image.


Look at Mage_Catalog_Model_Product to become familiar with addImageToMediaGallery() and other methods you'll undoubtedly need to be aware of in the future.

// Add three image sizes to media gallery
$mediaArray = array(
    'thumbnail'   => $putPathHere,
    'small_image' => $putPathHere,
    'image'       => $putPathHere,

// Remove unset images, add image to gallery if exists
$importDir = Mage::getBaseDir('media') . DS . 'import/';

foreach($mediaArray as $imageType => $fileName) {
    $filePath = $importDir.$fileName;
    if ( file_exists($filePath) ) {
        try {
            $product->addImageToMediaGallery($filePath, $imageType, false);
        } catch (Exception $e) {
            echo $e->getMessage();
    } else {
        echo "Product does not have an image or the path is incorrect. Path was: {$filePath}<br/>";


require_once 'app/Mage.php';
$importDir = Mage::getBaseDir('media') . DS . 'bulkimages/101/';

$productsData = array('Purple-Crown-Ring-MFAS.jpg','Purple-Crown-Ring-MFC.jpg','Purple-Crown-Ring-MSAS.jpg','Purple-Crown-Ring-MSF.jpg');

$productSKU = '111';
$ourProduct = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->loadByAttribute('sku',$productSKU);

foreach($productsData as $fileName){
    $filePath = $importDir.$fileName;
    if (file_exists($filePath)) {
        $ourProduct->addImageToMediaGallery($filePath, array('image', 'small_image', 'thumbnail'), false, false);
        echo "done ";
    } else {
        echo $productSKU . " not done";
        echo "<br>";

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