I created a custom customer attribute using an install script.

$customerSetup -> addAttribute(\Magento\Customer\Model\Customer::ENTITY,
        'label' => 'Is Mpowersync',
        'system' => false,
        'position' => 120,
        'sort_order' =>120,
        'visible' =>  true,
        'type' => 'int',
        'input' => 'select',
        "source" => "\Magento\Eav\Model\Entity\Attribute\Source\Boolean",
        'required' => false,
        'default' => '0',
        'group' => 'Account Information',

    $customerSetup -> getEavConfig() -> getAttribute('customer', 'is_mpowersync')->setData('is_user_defined',1)->setData('is_required',0)->setData('used_in_forms', ['adminhtml_customer', 'customer_account_create', 'customer_account_edit']) -> save();

I want to set a value the above created custom attribute programmatically creating the customer. I tried below 3 methods, but data is not saving.

1 . $newcustomer->setData('is_mpowersync','1');

2 . $newcustomer->setCustomAttribute('is_mpowersync',1);

3 . $newcustomer->setIsMpowersync(1);

Both method not saving the data, if I save from backend admin customer creation it saving the data for the custom attribute.

How can I save custom customer attribute in Magento 2 programmatically?


Here in this example, I have tried to save custom attribute value using the Controller file in custom extension. To fix this issue, firstly we need to create ‘controller.php’ file at below location.


Namespace Vendor\Extension\Controller\Index;

class Controller extends \Magento\Framework\App\Action\Action

protected $customer;

protected $customerFactory;

public function __construct(
    \Magento\Customer\Model\Customer $customer
    \Magento\Customer\Model\ResourceModel\CustomerFactory $customerFactory
    $this->customer = $customer;
    $this->customerFactory = $customerFactory;

public function execute()

    $custom = $this->_customerFactory ->create();
    $custom = $custom->setWebsiteId($helperData->getWebsiteId());
    $custom = $custom->loadByEmail("abc123@xyz.com");
    $custom->setCustomAttributeCode(custom attribute value);   

  // Main code to resolve this issue.
    $customerData = $custom->getDataModel();
    $customerData->setCustomAttribute('custom_attribute code', 'custom attribute value');


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Note : Above code is not tested. you have to check.

I hope it helps!

  • thanks for your answer, i want to set the data during customer create programatically. – Mujahidh Apr 1 '19 at 5:21
  • I will get back to you if I found something. – Chirag Patel Apr 1 '19 at 5:34
  • i tried to load by email and update the attribute value, but still i cannot set the data and save it, but customer created – Mujahidh Apr 1 '19 at 5:38
  • thanks, i missed this \Magento\Customer\Model\ResourceModel\CustomerFactory – Mujahidh Apr 2 '19 at 4:22
  • ohhh! it's okay good now it's working. thanks for the appreciation. – Chirag Patel Apr 2 '19 at 4:24

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