Magento by default provide adding attribute to the products but not to the category.Is there any way to add attribute to the category? I would like to have attribute with input type- multiple select .

My question is explained in 2 parts.

Detail eg:

Part 1: I have a player(category) called XYZ and it should have attribute like team name. When i say multiple select it means,player can be part of different teams.So i will select lets say 3 team names.


  • player XYZ belongs to team A,B,C
  • player ABC belongs to team A,B
  • player PQR belongs to team B,C

Part 2: Now i want to include this teams A,B,C in the menu(frontend) and

  • when i select team A -> it will display all players who have team A (attribute) selected
  • Same for B,C.

Thank you

1 Answer 1


This sounds like your players should be products and your teams the categories. Then you can assign the products/players to multiple categories/teams.

That said, to more directly answer your question, here's an Inchoo Article detailing how to add attributes to categories, hopefully you can use it as a starting point if you want/need to go that route.

Copying from the article in case it goes missing later:

SQL setup script:

    $installer = $this;
$entityTypeId     = $installer->getEntityTypeId('catalog_category');
$attributeSetId   = $installer->getDefaultAttributeSetId($entityTypeId);
$attributeGroupId = $installer->getDefaultAttributeGroupId($entityTypeId, $attributeSetId);
$installer->addAttribute('catalog_category', 'new_cat_attrb',  array(
    'type'     => 'int',
    'label'    => 'New Category Attribute',
    'input'    => 'text',
    'global'   => Mage_Catalog_Model_Resource_Eav_Attribute::SCOPE_STORE,
    'visible'           => true,
    'required'          => false,
    'user_defined'      => false,
    'default'           => 0
    '11'                    //last Magento's attribute position in General tab is 10
$attributeId = $installer->getAttributeId($entityTypeId, 'new_cat_attrb');
INSERT INTO `{$installer->getTable('catalog_category_entity_int')}`
(`entity_type_id`, `attribute_id`, `entity_id`, `value`)
    SELECT '{$entityTypeId}', '{$attributeId}', `entity_id`, '1'
        FROM `{$installer->getTable('catalog_category_entity')}`;
//this will set data of your custom attribute for root category
//this will set data of your custom attribute for default category

And the config.xml:

  • :i am explaining the exact scenario: WE have football tshirt (final product to sell) This tshirt is associated with some players Called B. Now player B is a part of different club say club A,Club B,Club C. Now in top menu i want to include different Club Names. So when user select Club A , all players under club A will be displayed and when any particular player is selected ,all products associated with that players will be shown. So now how what is preferable ?
    – Vishal
    May 29, 2014 at 15:00
  • 1
    Well how I would personally handle that is still make players "products" in the store. Obviously you're not selling the players, so you'll need some kind of custom attribute like for_sale (default: yes) set to 'no' on players. Update your .phtml files to only display the "Add to Cart"/Quantity sections if the product is for sale. Then you could add your t-shirts/merchandise as Related Products and display the related products block wherever you wish.
    – Don
    May 29, 2014 at 16:07

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