I've created a custom extension in order to add a custom attribute on product Categories. Here's the code I've used to create it:

$installer = $this;
$attribute  = array(
    'type' => 'int',
    'label'=> 'Featured Author',
    'input' => 'checkbox',
    'global' => Mage_Catalog_Model_Resource_Eav_Attribute::SCOPE_GLOBAL,
    'visible' => true,
    'required' => false,
    'user_defined' => false,
    'default' => 0,
    'source' => "eav/entity_attribute_source_boolean",
    'group' => "General Information"
$installer->addAttribute('catalog_category', 'featured_author', $attribute);

The attribute is created and it's visible on backend. I also checked eav_attribute database table and the attribute is created in there too.

But changing the attribute's value (check/uncheck) and then saving category has no effect at all. The attribute value is not updated/saved. The checkbox is always unchecked.

What should I do to fix this?

  • 4
    But is there a value in the db for your attribute in catalog_category_entity_int? As a general advice. Try to avoid checkboxes and radio buttons in the backend forms. They don't play well with Magento. Use instead a yes/no attribute and have a dropdown. The problem with checkboxes is that the value is not sent when the checkbox is unchecked. With selects you will have the value 0.
    – Marius
    Oct 10, 2014 at 14:30
  • 1
    Marius i am agree with you.i am suggesting... ktsixit to use yes no attribute..
    – Amit Bera
    Oct 10, 2014 at 17:33

2 Answers 2


Use the field yes/no instead of checkbox

    $installer =new Mage_Catalog_Model_Resource_Eav_Mysql4_Setup;
    $installer = $this;

    $entityTypeId     = $installer->getEntityTypeId('catalog_category');
    $attributeSetId   = $installer->getDefaultAttributeSetId($entityTypeId);
    $attributeGroupId = $installer->getDefaultAttributeGroupId($entityTypeId, $attributeSetId);

    $installer->addAttribute('catalog_category', 'featured_author',  array(
        'type'     => 'int',
        'label'    => 'Featured Author',
        'input'    => 'select',
        'source'   => 'eav/entity_attribute_source_boolean',
        'global'   => Mage_Catalog_Model_Resource_Eav_Attribute::SCOPE_STORE,
        'required' => false,
        'default'  => 0
'group' => "General Information"


    $attributeId = $installer->getAttributeId($entityTypeId, 'featured_author');

    INSERT INTO `{$installer->getTable('catalog_category_entity_int')}`
    (`entity_type_id`, `attribute_id`, `entity_id`, `value`)
        SELECT '{$entityTypeId}', '{$attributeId}', `entity_id`, '1'
            FROM `{$installer->getTable('catalog_category_entity')}`;

  • Thank you for this answer. I have already inserted the code you suggested but the selectbox appears emply, without any option available. How can I populate the selectbox with options line "Yes" and "No"?
    – zekia
    Oct 15, 2014 at 9:42
  • I changed some attribute values directly in database, and it worked. But do you know why when changing the code has no impact on attribute? I re-indexed website and cleared cache. Is there something else I should have done to apply changes?
    – zekia
    Oct 15, 2014 at 9:48
  • i need check .see that later
    – Amit Bera
    Oct 15, 2014 at 9:51

I have checked a very simple solution to add new attribute in category form in Magento admin.

I found 3 tables are responsible for that.

Step 1:- Create an attribute from your admin panel.

Step 2:- Go to database and open eav_attribute table, find the attribute with attribute_code. Now make entity_type_id 4 to 3

Step 3:- Go to eav_entity_attribute table insert a row entity_type_id =3 , attribute_set_id = 3, attribute_group_id=4, attribute_id = your attribute id.

Step 4:- Now go to the catalog_eav_attribute table put is_global = 1, is_visible=1.

Now refresh your category edit page it will come

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