I am programming a custom import system with Magento libraries, but when I import configurable products I get an SQL error.

This is my configurable product function (only a part of my code):

function createConfigurableProduct($product, $objectManager, $_product) {

    // 1. Get swatches attributes
    $attr_swatches = explode("#", $product["configurable_attributes"]);
    $attr_ids = array();
    $attr_options = array();
    foreach ($attr_swatches as $attr_sw) {
        $attribute = $objectManager->create('\\Magento\\Catalog\\Model\\Product\\Attribute\\Repository')
        array_push($attr_ids, $attribute->getId());
        $attributeOptionAll = $objectManager->get(\Magento\Eav\Model\ResourceModel\Entity\Attribute\Option\Collection::class)
        array_push($attr_options, $attributeOptionAll);

    // 2. Select configurable attributes
    $_product->getTypeInstance()->setUsedProductAttributeIds($attr_swatches, $_product);

    // 2. prepare information for each simple product
    $configurableAttributesData = $_product->getTypeInstance()->getConfigurableAttributesAsArray($_product);

    $simple_products = explode("#", $product["simples_skus"]);
    $simple_ids = array();

    $configurableProductsData = array();
    foreach ($simple_products as $prod) {

        $productId = $objectManager->get('Magento\Catalog\Model\Product')->getIdBySku($prod);
        array_push($simple_ids, $productId);
        $simple_product = $objectManager->get('\Magento\Catalog\Model\Product')->load($productId);

        // VISIBILITY_BOTH = 4


        $i = 0;
        $configurableProductsData['' . $productId] = array(); //['920'] = id of a simple product associated with this configurable
        foreach ($attr_swatches as $attr) {
            $attr_value = $simple_product->getData($attr);
            //$optionText = $attribute->getSource()->getOptionText($attr_value);

            $value_index = getOptionIDByCode($attr_options[$i], $attr_value);

            $productData = [
                'label' => $attr_value, //attribute label
                'attribute_id' => $attr_ids[$i], //attribute ID of attribute 'color' in my store
                'value_index' => $value_index, //value of 'Green' index of the attribute 'color'
                'is_percent' => '0', //fixed/percent price for this option
                'pricing_value' => '0' //value for the pricing

            $configurableProductsData[$productId] = $productData;
            $configurableAttributesData[$i]['values'][] = $productData;

    echo "configurableProductsData<pre>";
    echo "</pre>";

    echo "configurableAttributesData<pre>";
    echo "</pre>";

    // 4. set data in 2 required formats

    // 5. save product with special flag

    //N.B. We need to have the same attribute set in both configurable product and it's associated product.

The error I get is:

Fatal error:  Uncaught PDOException: SQLSTATE[42S22]: Column not found: 1054 Unknown column 'entity_value.value' in 'field list' in /var/www/html/vendor/magento/zendframework1/library/Zend/Db/Statement/Pdo.php:233
Stack trace:
#0 /var/www/html/vendor/magento/zendframework1/library/Zend/Db/Statement/Pdo.php(233): PDOStatement->execute(Array)
#1 /var/www/html/lib/internal/Magento/Framework/DB/Statement/Pdo/Mysql.php(93): Zend_Db_Statement_Pdo->_execute(Array)
#2 /var/www/html/vendor/magento/zendframework1/library/Zend/Db/Statement.php(303): Magento\Framework\DB\Statement\Pdo\Mysql->_execute(Array)
#3 /var/www/html/vendor/magento/zendframework1/library/Zend/Db/Adapter/Abstract.php(480): Zend_Db_Statement->execute(Array)
#4 /var/www/html/vendor/magento/zendframework1/library/Zend/Db/Adapter/Pdo/Abstract.php(238): Zend_Db_Adapter_Abstract->query('SELECT `entity`...', Array)
#5 /var/www/html/lib/internal/Magento/Framework/DB/Adapter/Pdo/Mysql.php(541): Zend_Db_Adapter_Pdo_Abstract->query('SELECT `entity`...', Array)
#6 /var/www/ in /var/www/html/vendor/magento/zendframework1/library/Zend/Db/Statement/Pdo.php on line 240

If I add in Pdo.php var_dumps in order to show all the executed queries I get which query fails:

SELECT `entity`.`sku`, `product_entity`.`entity_id` AS `product_id`, `attribute`.`attribute_code`, `entity_value`.`value` AS `value_index`, `attribute_label`.`value` AS `super_attribute_label`, IFNULL(option_value.value, default_option_value.value) AS `option_title`, `default_option_value`.`value` AS `default_title` FROM `catalog_product_super_attribute` AS `super_attribute`
 INNER JOIN `catalog_product_entity` AS `product_entity` ON product_entity.entity_id = super_attribute.product_id
 INNER JOIN `catalog_product_super_link` AS `product_link` ON product_link.parent_id = super_attribute.product_id
 INNER JOIN `eav_attribute` AS `attribute` ON attribute.attribute_id = super_attribute.attribute_id
 INNER JOIN `catalog_product_entity` AS `entity` ON entity.entity_id = product_link.product_id
 INNER JOIN `catalog_product_entity` AS `entity_value` ON entity_value.attribute_id = super_attribute.attribute_id AND entity_value.store_id = 0 AND entity_value.entity_id = entity.entity_id
 LEFT JOIN `catalog_product_super_attribute_label` AS `attribute_label` ON super_attribute.product_super_attribute_id = attribute_label.product_super_attribute_id AND attribute_label.store_id = 0
 LEFT JOIN `eav_attribute_option` AS `attribute_option` ON attribute_option.option_id = entity_value.value
 LEFT JOIN `eav_attribute_option_value` AS `option_value` ON option_value.option_id = entity_value.value AND option_value.store_id = 1
 LEFT JOIN `eav_attribute_option_value` AS `default_option_value` ON default_option_value.option_id = entity_value.value AND default_option_value.store_id = 0
 INNER JOIN `cataloginventory_stock_status` AS `stock` ON stock.product_id = entity.entity_id WHERE (super_attribute.product_id = 32) AND (attribute.attribute_id = '') AND (stock.stock_status = 1) ORDER BY `attribute_option`.`sort_order` ASC

EDIT: The attribute I use for swatches in the test I made is created in an UpgradeSchema.php like this:

                'type' => 'varchar',
                'backend' => '',
                'frontend' => '',
                'label' => 'mycustomer_ip',
                'input' => 'select',
                'class' => '',
                'global' => ScopedAttributeInterface::SCOPE_GLOBAL,
                'visible' => true,
                'required' => false,
                'user_defined' => true,
                'default' => "",
                'searchable' => false,
                'filterable' => true,
                'comparable' => true,
                'visible_on_front' => true,
                'used_in_product_listing' => true,
                'unique' => false,
                'apply_to' => '',
                'system' => 1,
                'group' => 'My Attributes Group',
                'option' => array('values' => [
  • Look at the attributes you are loading in $attr_swatches. It looks like one of the attributes has the backend_type = 'static' and therefore the wrong table is taken for getting the options ( catalog_product_entity instead of ``catalog_product_entity_int`).
    – HelgeB
    Commented Mar 26, 2019 at 9:13
  • @HelgeB Thanks for your answer. I have edited my question with the UpgradeSchema code that creates the custom attribute that I use for swatches in the test I made. Any clue? Commented Mar 26, 2019 at 9:27

1 Answer 1


The Error Code 1054 says there is something wrong with your SQL syntax. And It couldn't find a column from the table that you have specified. Let's say,

`catalog_product_entity` AS `entity_value`  

Then you called the column value through entity_value.value and the SQL gives you an error that says it cannot find the column value in table catalog_product_entity.

Double check your SQL syntax and change what needs to be changed and your import will work the way you expected it to work.

  • The query is not mine, its origin is Magento core. I think the same as @HelgeB, that Magento is using the wrong table. Commented Mar 27, 2019 at 10:05

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