I have a custom module in admin, where I am display values in dropdown format something like below using addField function.

<select onchange="checkSelectedBean(this.value)" class="required-entry select" name="nic_id" id="nic_id">
<option value="-1">Please Select</option>
<option value="1_1.1">America</option>
<option value="2_2.2">China</option>
<option value="3_3.3">India</option>
<option value="4_4.4">Japan</option>

Here 4 is the ID for Japan and 4.4 is its unique value.

Now, If I select Japan as an option and save it, I have split the post value i.e. 4_4.4 and the value saved in DB is 4 which is okay. But when I edit the same record its not showing me the saved option Japan but dropdown list of all options.

I need to know how can I make Japan as selected option in dropdown, when admin edits the same record.

Right now its showing me the dropdown list only and not the saved option.

I am fetching value from my Model/Nic.php like below.

public function toOptionArray()

          $nicCollection = Mage::getModel('nic/nic')->getCollection();

          $nicarray = array(array('value'=>-1, 'label'=>'Please Select'));

          foreach ($nicCollection as $nicList){

                $nicarray[] = array('value'=>$nicList['nic_id']._.$nicList['nic_cost'],'label'=>$nicList['nic_name']);

          return $nicarray;


Admin form to fetch selected dropdown with values

$fieldset->addField('nic_id', 'select', array(
          'label'     => Mage::helper('nic')->__('Nic'),
          'class'     => 'required-entry',
          'values'    => Mage::getModel('nic/nic')->toOptionArray(),
          'name'      => 'nic_id',

Pls Help.


  • is this option tags are hard coded or it is dynamic with php code ? Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 10:08
  • Please see my edited question. They are dynamic.
    – Mark
    Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 10:12

1 Answer 1

<option value="<?php echo $nicarray['value']; ?>" <?php if($value_from_db == $nicarray['value']): echo "selected=selected"; else: ""; endif; ?> ><?php echo $nicarray['label']; ?></option>

Replace the array variable with actual array which you are using

here $value_from_db is the variable which is storing the selcted value.as you said some variable above giving value as 4.use that variable

  • I know the logic and how to make it selected. But I need to know how we do it in Magento.
    – Mark
    Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 10:34
  • see in the answer.if the db value and option array value are same when it is in the foreach loop then i had echo selected="selected". This will make the option as selected. Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 10:36
  • But how you do it in Magento Admin Form ?
    – Mark
    Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 10:44
  • ok can you post your magento form code please.i can help you. Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 10:49
  • Okay, pls see my edited question with addField code
    – Mark
    Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 10:52

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