In Mage/Catalog/Model/Product/Url.php, at the end of function getUrl, I added:

/// Added
if($product->getUrlKey()) {
    $routeParams['_direct'] = $product->getUrlKey();

return $this->getUrlInstance()->setStore($storeId)
            ->getUrl($routePath, $routeParams);

In eav_attribute table, I've set url_key to unique, so editors won't accidentally set same key for multiple products.

And it works, all products have simple url (http://example.com/some-url-key), canonical urls are correct, links in catalog, cart e.t.c. are correct.

I can't find any flaws of this, is it really that simple? Do you know any issues that can appear because of such change?

Thank you.

1 Answer 1


Simple solution to include only product key in url is to configure the settings as:

System > Configuration > Catalog > Search Engine Optimization > Use Categories Path for Product URLs = No
  • For some reason it didn't work for me. At the end of url_key there was always random 2-4 numbers, not sure why, though.
    – Marvin3
    Commented Apr 7, 2014 at 19:30
  • that means you have duplicate url_keys. Try to find out and fix it. In worst case you can truncate core_url_rewrite table and reindex. (Be sure to check if you have any custom url redirects before truncating the table)
    – MagePsycho
    Commented Apr 8, 2014 at 6:41

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