I am programmatically creating attributes and attribute sets. The attributes work like they should, but with the attribute sets I have a problem.

When I create an attribute set, I can not let it inherit from another set (for example the default set). I have searched a lot but could not find any good info that could help me further.

My first thought there should be some function that lets you duplicate a set and edit it. I could not find it.

My second thought was recreating the whole set, but I could not find a function to get the groups from an attribute set, which I do want.

I'm pretty new to Magento, so sorry if I just missed something, but I am currently stuck. Any solutions / suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

3 Answers 3


After trying out again, messing up a lot and finally finding the correct answer, this works:

$entityTypeId = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')
                  ->getId(); //product entity type

$attributeSet = Mage::getModel('eav/entity_attribute_set')



You need to save before you do initFromSekeleton(). Otherwise it just won't work.

  • Like Robbie said, you can just use Mage_Catalog_Model_Product_Attribute_Set_Api::create to do all this for you
    – Erfan
    Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 4:23

Just a note, it appears that the attribute set API model can do this itself:

$newSetName    = 'My New Set';
$originalSetId = 4; // the set to base the new one off

/** @var Mage_Catalog_Model_Product_Attribute_Set_Api */
    ->create($newSetName, $originalSetId);
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    Oh nice. This is a much better solution.. maybe it didn't exist 2 years ago
    – Erfan
    Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 4:22

See how the attribute sets are created (inherited) from the backend. Check this method: Mage_Adminhtml_Catalog_Product_SetController::saveAction().
In that method there is this line that 'clones' the attribute set:


Where ->getParam('skeleton_set') is the attribute set to be cloned. Basically you need to do something like this:

$cloneSetId = 4;//or anything else
$entityTypeId = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->getResource()->getTypeId(); //product entity type
$model = Mage::getModel('eav/entity_attribute_set'); //instantiate the model
$model->setEntityTypeId($entityTypeId);//attribute set is used for products
$model->setAttributeSetName('Attribute set name here');//set the attribute set name
$attributeSet->save(); // save before initFromSkeleton
$model->initFromSkeleton($cloneSetId);//clone one attribute set
$model->save();//save the new attribute set
//do other modifications here
  • Hmm, it seems that this code somehow only copies the groups, and not the attributes in those groups.. Commented Jun 19, 2013 at 7:36
  • This means I might have missed something. Because in the initFromSkeleton method there is this line $newGroup->setAttributes($newAttributes);. This should set some attributes. Make sure you clone a valid set, also you can debug the Mage_Adminhtml_Catalog_Product_SetController::saveAction() and try to simulate it in your code. that one seams to work.
    – Marius
    Commented Jun 19, 2013 at 7:42
  • It is a valid ID (I just use 4, which is an existing, default set), but I can't find anything to fix it :S Commented Jun 19, 2013 at 8:26

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