I add EAV attribute to a customer address. I can use \Magento\Customer\Model\ResourceModel\Attribute $attributeResource to save the attribute.

According to Magento DevDocs https://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.3/extension-dev-guide/attributes.html

/** @var \Magento\Eav\Api\Data\AttributeInterface $attribute */
$attribute->setData('used_in_forms', ['adminhtml_customer']);

It works.

I'm trying to use Magento\Eav\Model\AttributeRepository to save the attribute.

The repository contains a method

    public function save(\Magento\Eav\Api\Data\AttributeInterface $attribute)
        try {
            /** @var \Magento\Eav\Model\ResourceModel\Entity\Attribute */
        } catch (\Exception $e) {

and I see the attribute in eav_attribute database table but there are no records in the table customer_form_attribute.

Maybe someone can explain why?

Code example:

use Magento\Customer\Api\AddressMetadataInterface;
use Magento\Eav\Api\AttributeRepositoryInterface;
use Magento\Eav\Model\Config as EavConfig;
use Magento\Eav\Setup\EavSetupFactory;
use Magento\Framework\Setup\ModuleDataSetupInterface;
use Magento\Framework\Setup\Patch\DataPatchInterface;

     * @param ModuleDataSetupInterface $moduleDataSetup
     * @param EavSetupFactory $eavSetupFactory
     * @param EavConfig $eavConfig
     * @param AttributeRepositoryInterface $attributeRepository
    public function __construct(
        ModuleDataSetupInterface $moduleDataSetup,
        EavSetupFactory $eavSetupFactory,
        EavConfig $eavConfig,
        AttributeRepositoryInterface $attributeRepository
    ) {
        $this->eavSetupFactory = $eavSetupFactory;
        $this->moduleDataSetup = $moduleDataSetup;
        $this->eavConfig = $eavConfig;
        $this->attributeRepository = $attributeRepository;

     * @inheritdoc
    public function apply()
        /** @var \Magento\Eav\Setup\EavSetup $eavSetup */
        $eavSetup = $this->eavSetupFactory->create(['setup' => $this->moduleDataSetup]);

        $attributeCode = 'test_attribute';

        $entityTypeId = AddressMetadataInterface::ENTITY_TYPE_ADDRESS;
        $setId = AddressMetadataInterface::ATTRIBUTE_SET_ID_ADDRESS;
        $eavSetup->addAttribute($entityTypeId, $attributeCode, [
            'type' => 'int',
            'input' => 'boolean',
            'label' => 'Test attribute',
            'required' => 0,
            'user_defined' => 1,
            'default' => 0,
            'system' => 0,
            'position' => 60,

        $eavSetup->addAttributeToSet($entityTypeId, $setId, null, $attributeCode);

        $attribute = $this->eavConfig->getAttribute($entityTypeId, $attributeCode);
        $attribute->setData('used_in_forms', [

        // works. deprecated, I remember
        // $attribute->getResource()->save($attribute);

        // the attribute is saved, but the information on the forms in which the attribute is added is not saved

1 Answer 1


AttributeResource (\Magento\Customer\Model\ResourceModel\Attribute) extends \Magento\Eav\Model\ResourceModel\Attribute which extends \Magento\Eav\Model\ResourceModel\Entity\Attribute

\Magento\Eav\Model\ResourceModel\Attribute contains _afterSave method. This method saves data to the table customer_form_attribute.

\Magento\Eav\Model\AttributeRepository uses \Magento\Eav\Model\ResourceModel\Entity\Attribute $eavResource directly:


without _afterSave. For this reason, the information about adding an attribute to forms is not saved.

Is that how it should work?

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