I created an extension following Inchoo's tutorial but still confusing at how to toggle the shipping method.

Once customers about to see the shipping method page, I need to check the customer's attribute. If Yes the display my custom shipping method, otherwise hide. This is required for both frontend and admin placing order.

I have a few thoughts but all out of my ability to start. I need some hints about which idea is the most efficient and what files should I created:

  1. Using event: set an event such as before_shipping_method_render(I made up this one), then I can setup a function in Observer.php to remove the shipping method from the collection before rendering but I don't know the event name and how to get the collection.
  2. Rewriting Magento function: rewrite the function that puts all enabled shipping methods together. I can put my condition check function in the iterate then allow my custom shipping method if condition is Yes otherwise vice versa.

1 Answer 1


Update your module's config.xml file with the following details:


Create a new file Inchoo/Shipping/Block/Method.php, which remove your shipping method:

class Inchoo_Shipping_Block_Method extends Mage_Checkout_Block_Onepage_Shipping_Method_Available
    public function getShippingRates()
        $youCustomAttribute = false;
        // Check if any customer is logged in or not
        if (Mage::getSingleton('customer/session')->isLoggedIn()) {  
            // Load the customer's data
            $customer = Mage::getSingleton('customer/session')->getCustomer();   
            // mange your code to get the customer attribute 
            $youCustomAttribute = $customer->getYourCustomerAttribute();

        $rates = parent::getShippingRates();
        if (array_key_exists('inchoo_shipping', $rates) && $youCustomAttribute!==false) {

        return $rates;

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