I am working in the OnepageController.php

What I needed was in the checkout process was to get values of some customer created attributes for the products in the current order. I have been able to get the system attribute 'sku' to show but I can't get custom attribute values to show.

My code so far is:

    $helper = Mage::helper('checkout/cart');
    $items = $helper->getCart()->getItems();

    foreach ($items as $item) {
        $itemSku = $item->getSku();

        echo $itemSku."<br/>";

I have ran this in FireFox using Firebug and it does display the SKU value. What I need however is the value of a custom attribute created in the backend. I have tried to replace:

$itemSku = $item->getSku();


$itemEan = $item->getAttributeText('ean');

Where 'ean' is the attribute identifier. This attribute is a text field. When the checkout is ran again there are no errors but noting displayed (apart from the break line html tag).

I also have another custom attribute which is a 'multi-select' attribute. Does how we get the attribute value for this change?

Any help displaying this is much appreciated.


I can't write an answer because of no reputation but I have found a solution which works for me if it helps anyone. The code below worked for me:

    $cartItems = Mage::getSingleton('checkout/session')->getQuote()-getAllItems();
    foreach ($cartItems as $item) {
        $ean = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->load($item->getProduct()->getId())->getEan();
        echo $ean;

where 'getEan()' is the name of my custom attribute starting with a capital letter.

Thanks to all for their input.

  • sorry unable to comment and hence putting my thought in the answer. Have you tried print_r($item) to see if it has ean in it? and if yes, what is the value?
    – dee
    Commented Jun 24, 2013 at 15:05
  • Hi, yes I've tried it but I got such a big array it wouldn't load in my browser. I have managed to get it to work with my answer below. Commented Jun 24, 2013 at 15:13
  • I don't have enough reputation to make an answer but the code I used is below. I will update the answer properly when I the site lets me. Commented Jun 24, 2013 at 15:15
  • $cartItems = Mage::getSingleton('checkout/session')->getQuote()-getAllItems(); foreach ($cartItems as $item) { $ean = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->load($item->getProduct()->getId())->getEan(); echo $ean; } Commented Jun 24, 2013 at 15:16

5 Answers 5


After some research I managed to find some code which helped, which is below:

    $cartItems = Mage::getSingleton('checkout/session')
    foreach ($cartItems as $item) {
        $ean = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->load($item->getProduct()->getId())->getEan();
        echo $ean;

Where getEan is the name of my attribute with the first character as a capital letter.

Thank you all for the suggestions.

  • 2
    You want to add the attribute to the attribute list which is loaded and then remove the damn load() inside the loop! atwix.com/magento/… see the config.xml snippet! Commented Aug 28, 2014 at 10:25

add this to your module's config.xml:

                    <attribute1 />

You will be able to access the attribute through:


If you are in product page, then for drop-down attribute simply add

echo $_product->getAttributeText('attribute_code');

for text attribute add

echo  $_product->getData('attribute_code');

If you are not in product page then you have to load product by product id first.

$_product = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->load($id); 

getAttributeText is for dropdown fields. For text fields use magic getters:




For your multi-select the getData should return an array - which you then have to foreach over, or you could implode it. If you're in a context where you don't know what type is being returned (though I'm not sure how this would even be possible) you can test it via the following:

Get attribute object – if you only have attribute code

$attribute = Mage::getSingleton('eav/config')->getAttribute('catalog_product', $_attribute_code);

Get Multi-Select Values

if($attribute->getFrontendInput() == 'multiselect') {
  $multiSelectArray = $_product->getAttributeText($_attribute);
  echo implode(', ',$multiSelectArray);

Source: http://www.magentodeveloperleedsuk.co.uk/get-drop-down-list-and-multi-select-values-for-magento-product-attributes/

  • Hi, thank you for your answer. I have tried both getEan() and getData('ean') but I am still getting an empty output. Is there anything I've missed out? I'm using this code in OnepageController.php in the function: public function saveOrderAction() Commented Jun 24, 2013 at 14:29
  • var_dump the output or use join to echo. Or better yet - Mage::log the output and paste here.
    – philwinkle
    Commented Jun 24, 2013 at 14:34
  • If I use $itemEan = $item->getSku(); var_dump($itemEan); I get the output: string(9) "123456789" which is the sku for the product I'm testing. If I use $itemEan = $item->getData('ean'); var_dump($itemEan); what gets displayed is 'NULL'. Commented Jun 24, 2013 at 14:56

On the product view as well as the checkout page and the cart page on Magento Community Edition I managed to get my custom attribute to appear by doing this:

$custom_attribute = $_product->getData('custom_attribute');

Hope this would be of help!

  • This does not really answer the question. If you have a different question, you can ask it by clicking Ask Question. You can also add a bounty to draw more attention to this question once you have enough reputation.
    – Amasty
    Commented Aug 28, 2014 at 10:56
  • I believe it's something to do with your function selection. From my understanding, if you want to show a [text] attribute, you should use getData. If you want to get a DropDown value, you should be using getAttributeText. This is how it works for me, regardless of the view. I have successfully used these two functions on PRODUCT view and checkout Page as well as the cart page. So, my answer still answers your question and I don't get why the down vote! Commented Aug 29, 2014 at 8:29

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