I've set up a custom sales order attribute so I can mark orders as 'sent' when they've been exported via a custom module.

My issue is it's not saving the attribute on the $_order->save() function. I've tried setSentToSage(1) and setData('sent_to_sage',1) but neither work

I've setup up the following:


namespace Vendor\Module\Setup;

use Magento\Framework\Setup\InstallDataInterface;
use Magento\Framework\Setup\ModuleContextInterface;
use Magento\Framework\Setup\ModuleDataSetupInterface;
use Magento\Sales\Setup\SalesSetupFactory;

class InstallData implements InstallDataInterface

    private $salesSetupFactory;

     * Constructor
     * @param \Magento\Sales\Setup\SalesSetupFactory $salesSetupFactory
    public function __construct(SalesSetupFactory $salesSetupFactory)
        $this->salesSetupFactory = $salesSetupFactory;

     * {@inheritdoc}
    public function install(
        ModuleDataSetupInterface $setup,
        ModuleContextInterface $context
    ) {
        $salesSetup = $this->salesSetupFactory->create(['setup' => $setup]);
        $salesSetup->addAttribute('order', 'sent_to_sage',
                'type' => 'varchar',
                'length' => 255,
                'visible' => true,
                'required' => false,
                'grid' => true,
                'user_defined' => true


    <?xml version="1.0"?>
<config xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:ObjectManager/etc/config.xsd">
    <virtualType name="Magento\Sales\Model\ResourceModel\Order\Grid" type="Magento\Sales\Model\ResourceModel\Grid">
            <argument name="columns" xsi:type="array">
                <item name="sent_to_sage" xsi:type="string">sales_order.sent_to_sage</item>


    namespace Vendor\Module\Model;

use Magento\Sales\Model\Order;

class Orders

  private $_order;

  public function __construct(
    Order $order,
    $this->_order = $order;

    public function exportOrders()
        /*Perform export functions...*/

        /* Mark exported orders as sent */



    public function markOrdersAsSent($order_ids)
        if ($order_ids) {
            foreach ($order_ids as $id) {
                $_order = $this->_order->load($id);


Any help is appreciated. I feel I am missing something.

  • You missed new column to grid table !! – anonymous Sep 18 at 11:06
  • sent_to_sage column has been created in sales_order table? – Ketan Borada Sep 18 at 11:41
  • Yes, the column was created in sales_order. – Paul Donnelly Sep 30 at 8:40

I know this isn't the answer to your problem but when I want to update just 1 attribute I m usually do this:

public function updateOrderWithCustomAttributes($orderId,$sentToSage){
        $connection = $this->getConnection('core_write');
        $sql = "UPDATE `sales_order` SET sent_to_sage = ?  WHERE entity_id = ? ";

I suppose you know how to do the getConnection etc. By this you don't have to load the order and save it which is very costly for the server and it is very very fast. As I said this isn't the answer but some times we don't need to spend so much time on things that we can get a workaround.

  • Thanks, this was the only solution that worked for me. – Paul Donnelly Sep 30 at 8:39

Try with below code :

  protected $orderFactory;

  public function __construct(
      \Magento\Sales\Model\Order $orderFactory
  ) {
        $this->orderFactory = $orderFactory;
  public function execute()
    $orderId = 2;
    $order = $this->orderFactory->load($orderId);

You can use sales order repository interface.

class name : Magento\Sales\Api\OrderRepositoryInterface

Usage: Create OrderRepositoryInterface object then load order by id

$order = $this->orderRepository->get($orderId); 

Then set value for attributes


And save using orderRepository


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