I would like to translate the gender options for a customer. At first I thought that I could simply use a translation file for this, but looking into the template app/design/frontend/base/default/template/customer/widget/gender.phtml I see that the option label is not passed to the translate function.

What is the best process for updating these values for different stores?

4 Answers 4


The gender attribute is a dropdown attribute like any other one. Its labels are stored in the table eav_attribute_option_value.
But since there is no (out of the box) way to manage from the backend the customer attributes I see 2 options here.

Option 1. Quick and dirty:
Change the options in the template.
Copy app/design/frontend/base/default/template/customer/widget/gender.phtml to your theme and add after

 <?php $options = Mage::getResourceSingleton('customer/customer')->getAttribute('gender')->getSource()->getAllOptions();?>


<?php foreach ($options as $key => $option) : ?>
    <?php $options[$key]['label'] = $this->__($option['label']);?>
<?php endforeach;?>

Then you can translated the values like any other string.

Option 2 - Long but clean.
Insert into the table eav_attribute_option_value the values for your second (and third and so on..) store view.

I said that this is the 'clean' version.
The theory it's clean but the solution I have it's not that clean.

Identify the attribute id:

SELECT * FROM eav_attribute where attribute_code = 'gender';

Let's say it's 1000.
then identify the options for the attribute

select * from eav_attribute_option where attribute_id = 1000;

Let's say you get 100 and 101.
Then look in the eav_attribute_option_value to see which is which.

select * from eav_attribute_option_value where option_id in (100, 101);

now you will see which is the Male option and which is the Female option.

Let's say 100 => Male, 101=>Female.
Now insert your values for the second store store.

Insert into `eav_attribute_option_value` set option_id = 100, store_id = 1, value = 'Translation for Male here'; 
Insert into `eav_attribute_option_value` set option_id = 101, store_id = 1, value = 'Translation for Female here';

Sorry but I don't have an upgrade script version for this.

I would go with the quick and dirty one. Fewer headaches.

  • Perfect, well apart from not having an update script version ;) Sep 1, 2014 at 11:05
  • @DavidManners. Then it's not perfect :)
    – Marius
    Sep 1, 2014 at 11:05

Another solution, is to update (override) widget/gender.phtml to enable translation.

from :

<?php foreach ($options as $option):?>
        <option value="<?php echo $option['value'] ?>"<?php if ($option['value'] == $value) echo ' selected="selected"' ?>><?php echo $option['label'] ?></option>
<?php endforeach;?>

to :

<?php foreach ($options as $option):?>
        <option value="<?php echo $option['value'] ?>"<?php if ($option['value'] == $value) echo ' selected="selected"' ?>><?php echo $this->__($option['label']) ?></option>
<?php endforeach;?>

And finally, add your translate text in Mage_Customer.csv, like this :

"Male","Your translate for Male"
"Female","Your translate for Female"

Don't forget to clear the cache in system > cache management

EDIT 07 sept. 2015

I asked for a pull request on Magento2, see: https://github.com/magento/magento2/pull/1801


Working update script ... just need to adjust $labels variable to match your store IDs ...


$labels = array(
    'Male' => array(    # default value
        1 => 'Male-DE', # key is storeId
        2 => 'Male-FR'
    'Female' => array(
        1 => 'Female-DE',
        2 => 'Female-FR'

$attributeCode = 'gender';
$attribute = Mage::getModel('customer/customer')->getResource()

$values = array();
if ($attribute->usesSource()) {
    foreach ($labels as $label => $translations) {
        if ($optionId = $attribute->getSource()->getOptionId($label)) {
            $values[$optionId] = array(0 => $label) + $translations;

$data = array();
$data['option']['value'] = $values;

try {
} catch (Mage_Core_Exception $e) {
    echo $e->getMessage();

Easily way

Find out the attributes

select * from eav_attribute_option_value where option_id in (select option_id from eav_attribute_option where attribute_id = (SELECT attribute_id FROM eav_attribute where attribute_code = 'gender'))

Now just do our update


  • 1
    Initial question was asking about using translations, this will not work for that. Jun 27, 2017 at 1:00

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