I want to show sub category images in top menu. i have installed magento 1.9. Here is my site. http://blumelife.co

like in top menu FOOD processor >> meat grinder, i want to show thumbnail image for meat grinder.i already add thumbnail image from admin.

Actually i got one solution but that is not working in 1.9. i follow this one but not helpful for me magento 1.8 menu thumbnail images.

1 Answer 1


You can try rewriting Mage_Catalog_Model_Observer something like below

class Custom_CategoryImage_Model_Observer extends Mage_Catalog_Model_Observer {

    public function addCategoryImages(Varien_Event_Observer $observer) {
        $block = $observer->getEvent()->getBlock();
            Mage::helper('catalog/category')->getStoreCategories(), $observer->getMenu(), $block, true

    public function _addCategoriesToMenu($categories, $parentCategoryNode, $menuBlock, $addTags = false) {
        $categoryModel = Mage::getModel('catalog/category');
        foreach ($categories as $category) {
            if (!$category->getIsActive()) {

            $nodeId = 'category-node-' . $category->getId();

            if ($addTags) {

            $tree = $parentCategoryNode->getTree();
            $categoryData = array(
                'name' => $category->getName(),
                'id' => $nodeId,
                'url' => Mage::helper('catalog/category')->getCategoryUrl($category),
                'is_active' => $this->_isActiveMenuCategory($category),
                'thumbnail' => $categoryModel->load($category->getId())->getThumbnail()
            $categoryNode = new Varien_Data_Tree_Node($categoryData, 'id', $tree, $parentCategoryNode);

            $flatHelper = Mage::helper('catalog/category_flat');
            if ($flatHelper->isEnabled() && $flatHelper->isBuilt(true)) {
                $subcategories = (array) $category->getChildrenNodes();
            } else {
                $subcategories = $category->getChildren();

            $this->_addCategoriesToMenu($subcategories, $categoryNode, $menuBlock, $addTags);


config.xml for your extension will look something like below

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

Modify it according to your need.

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