I'm having an attribute named color, having values like Dark red, Pale Green, Pink Red etc,.

If i open the same in admin->category->attributes->manage attributes -> color -> Manage options

I can able to see 4 default fields 1. Admin 2. Endlish 3. Position 4. Is Default

Now i'm need to add one more field like Color code to add my color like #5d5d5d

Is there any option in magento to do this ? Or need to add field via db and code those in magento core files ?

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    I don't recommend doing this. If you add a field with color code then it will be visible for all attributes that have the type dropdown or multiselect. I think what you need here is an attribute with a custom source model. This is kind of big. Read this to get an idea: marius-strajeru.blogspot.ro/2012/11/….
    – Marius
    Aug 7, 2014 at 11:30

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This maybe way out of date, but for anyone else having this problem then perhaps this can assist you. I hope it will save you from the hours of head banging against a wall like myself and my colleague experienced. For my purpose, I was trying to create an Image URL field for Magento version 1.9 to support a product migration from an older platform.

This answer has been partially answered here - https://stackoverflow.com/questions/21559681/creating-new-options-for-magento-attributesbut but there are some extra things I had to figure out:

1.) This answer assumes you have created your own module (if you do not know how then start here: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/03/01/basics-creating-magento-module/)

2.) It also leaves you to create the extra fields in catalog/product/attribute/options.phtml yourself. But to save you time here are the amendments I made to to get it to appear in the admin. Create a new table head option on line 88:

<th><?php echo Mage::helper('catalog')->__('YOUR_ATTRIBUTE_NAME_HERE') ?></th>

Next create a new td on line 101:

<td class="a-left"><input class="input-text" type="text" name="option[YOUR_ATTRIBUTE_NAME_HERE][{{id}}]" value="{{TABLE_COLUMN_NAME_HERE}}" <?php if ($this->getReadOnly()):?> disabled="disabled"<?php endif;?>/></td>

And also, most of the logic is done in Javascript so we need to replicate the field here on line 126:

'<td><input class="input-text" type="text" name="option[YOUR_ATTRIBUTE_NAME_HERE][{{id}}]" value="{{TABLE_COLUMN_NAME_HERE}}" <?php if ($this->getReadOnly()):?> disabled="disabled"<?php endif;?>/><\/td>'+

3.) The longest part for me was creating the custom logic for _saveOption method. I overrode the parent class, but to save you the trouble here is my logic:

protected function _saveOption(Mage_Core_Model_Abstract $object)
$option = $object->getOption();
if (is_array($option)) {
    $adapter            = $this->_getWriteAdapter();
    $optionTable        = $this->getTable('eav/attribute_option');
    $optionValueTable   = $this->getTable('eav/attribute_option_value');

    $stores = Mage::app()->getStores(true);
    if (isset($option['value'])) {
        $attributeDefaultValue = array();
        if (!is_array($object->getDefault())) {

        foreach ($option['value'] as $optionId => $values) {
            $intOptionId = (int) $optionId;
            if (!empty($option['delete'][$optionId])) {
                if ($intOptionId) {
                    $adapter->delete($optionTable, array('option_id = ?' => $intOptionId));

            $sortOrder = !empty($option['order'][$optionId]) ? $option['order'][$optionId] : 0;
            $imgUrl = !empty($option['image_url'][$optionId]) ? $option['image_url'][$optionId] : 0;
            if (!$intOptionId) {
                $data = array(
                   'attribute_id'  => $object->getId(),
                   'sort_order'    => $sortOrder,
                   'image_url'     => $imgUrl
                $adapter->insert($optionTable, $data);
                $intOptionId = $adapter->lastInsertId($optionTable);
            } else {
                $data  = array('sort_order' => $sortOrder, 'image_url' => $imgUrl);
                $where = array('option_id =?' => $intOptionId);
                $adapter->update($optionTable, $data, $where);

            if (in_array($optionId, $object->getDefault())) {
                if ($object->getFrontendInput() == 'multiselect') {
                    $attributeDefaultValue[] = $intOptionId;
                } elseif ($object->getFrontendInput() == 'select') {
                    $attributeDefaultValue = array($intOptionId);

            // Default value
            if (!isset($values[0])) {
                Mage::throwException(Mage::helper('eav')->__('Default option value is not defined'));

            $adapter->delete($optionValueTable, array('option_id =?' => $intOptionId));
            foreach ($stores as $store) {
                if (isset($values[$store->getId()])
                    && (!empty($values[$store->getId()])
                    || $values[$store->getId()] == "0")
                ) {
                    $data = array(
                        'option_id' => $intOptionId,
                        'store_id'  => $store->getId(),
                        'value'     => $values[$store->getId()]
                    $adapter->insert($optionValueTable, $data);
        $bind  = array('default_value' => implode(',', $attributeDefaultValue));
        $where = array('attribute_id =?' => $object->getId());
        $adapter->update($this->getMainTable(), $bind, $where);

return $this;

My custom field was named image_url so I added it to the $data variable to be inserted. This will insert values into the column "image_url" of the eav_attribute_option table, but you can manipulate it to store in eav_attribute_option_value in the same method.

4.) For some reason that stack overflow post stated that this _saveOption method would be fired on save but mine was not, therefore I also overrode the _afterSave method in the same class which looks like this:

protected function _afterSave(Mage_Core_Model_Abstract $object)

return $this;

5.) Now it will attempt to save your new value. But it will cause an error since your custom table column most likely doesn't exist yet. You are welcome to create this manually if it is appropriate for you. Unfortunately I needed to create this programmatically for my situation, so for those of you in the same boat (this is a slightly unclean approach) but for speed I re-routed the app/code/core/Mage/Core/Model/Resource/Setup.php by creating the local revision here: app/code/local/Mage/Core/Model/Resource/Setup.php and add this to line 154 in the constructor class:

$installer = $this;
$installer->getConnection()->addColumn($installer->getTable('eav/attribute_option'), 'YOUR_COLUMN_NAME_HERE', 'VARCHAR(256) NULL');

6.) Okay, everything should now be saving to the database, but we still need to read the value into our - this had me stumped for a while, but figured out that the Javascript is responsible for replacing the {{id}} and {{sort_order}} tags in the HTML on line 230. Therefore we need to add our new column to this getOptionsValues() method. I added the following code in on line 70 of catalog/product/attribute/options.phtml:

<?php foreach ($this->getOptionValues() as &$val) {
$imgUrl = $this->getImageUrl($val->id);
if ($imgUrl != "0") {
    $val->_data["YOUR_TABLE_COLUMN_NAME_HERE"] = $imgUrl;
} ?> 

Then, in your YOUR_MODULE_Block_Adminhtml_Options class add the method getImageUrl() that the above calls:

public function getImageUrl($option_id)
//Get the resource model
$resource = Mage::getSingleton('core/resource');

//Retrieve the read connection
$readConnection = $resource->getConnection('core_read');

//Retrieve our table name
$table = $resource->getTableName('eav/attribute_option');
$query = 'SELECT ' . $this->custom_col . ' FROM ' . $table . ' WHERE option_id = '
. (int)$option_id . ' LIMIT 1';

//Execute the query and store the result
$imgUrl = $readConnection->fetchOne($query);
return $imgUrl;

And there you have it. I really hope that this helps anyone in a similar situation.

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