I created a static product attribute with corresponding source model:

/* @var $installer Mage_Catalog_Model_Resource_Setup */
$installer = $this;
    $installer->getTable('catalog/product'), 'my_attribute', array(
        'type'    => Varien_Db_Ddl_Table::TYPE_INTEGER,
        'comment' => 'Delivery Point ID'
        $installer->getTable('catalog/product'), array('my_attribute',)


        'group'                   => 'General',
        'sort_order'              => 20,
        'type'                    => 'static',
        'label'                   => 'My Attribute',
        'input'                   => 'select',
        'source'                  => 'my_module/entity_attribute_source_mysource',
        'global'                  => Mage_Catalog_Model_Resource_Eav_Attribute::SCOPE_GLOBAL,
        'visible'                 => true,
        'required'                => true,
        'user_defined'            => false,
        'visible_on_front'        => true,
        'unique'                  => false,
        'is_configurable'         => false,
        'used_in_product_listing' => true,

From the admin panel everything works fine, but when I use the csv import, no data is written to the column my_attribute in catalog_product_entity table.

Here is the csv:

test,,simple,Default,Test,Test,Test,"My Value",1,4,0,0,0,base

The source model gives the correct values, otherwise the validation of the csv file would fail.

Is this case supported by the Mage_ImportExport module at all?

1 Answer 1


It seems you are right, it is impossible to import static attributes: https://github.com/LokeyCoding/magento-mirror/blob/magento-1.9/app/code/core/Mage/ImportExport/Model/Import/Entity/Product.php#L1314-L1321

The question here is more: Why do you want to create a static attribute? Performance shouldn't be to big of a problem, even querying the EAV tables shouldn't be too slow if you aren't doing anything special.

Performance on the frontend usually isn't a problem, since the column gets copied to the _flat tables.

For your own sanity: Go with a non-static attribute.

  • This is really the only write access on table 'catalog_product_entity'. So it is not possible to import static attributes via Mage_ImportExport.
    – Thorsten
    May 22, 2014 at 8:58

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