I'm using the following to filter my collection:

                $collection = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')
                ->addAttributeToFilter('status', array('eq' => 1))
                ->addAttributeToFilter('sepdate', array('eq' => 'Yes'))

The attribute 'sepdate' is a yes/no attribute and it is added to the product list eav.

My problem is that the above doesn't work. When removing the:

->addAttributeToFilter('sepdate', array('eq' => 'Yes'))

The collection works fine, but when that is added nothing gets selected.

I have checked that there actually are products with the attribute set for 'Yes' and I have also tested with 1 instead of 'Yes'.

Can anyone help me with what i'm doing wrong here?


Okay, looked at the sql it made and think I found the culprit. The sql looks like this:

SELECT `e`.*, `at_sepdate`.`value` AS `sepdate` FROM `catalog_product_entity` AS `e` INNER JOIN `catalog_product_entity_int` AS `at_sepdate` ON (`at_sepdate`.`entity_id` = `e`.`entity_id`) AND (`at_sepdate`.`attribute_id` = '144') AND (`at_sepdate`.`store_id` = 0) INNER JOIN `catalog_product_website` AS `product_website` ON product_website.product_id = e.entity_id AND product_website.website_id = '1' WHERE (at_sepdate.value = 1)

Where this is causing the trouble:

AND (`at_sepdate`.`store_id` = 0)

The store_id should be 1 and I can't quite understand why it isn't since i'm setting both setStoreID() and addStoreFilter(). ?

  • yes/no values are kept in the db as 1 and 0. Use 1 instead of yes and make sure the indexes are rebuilt.
    – Marius
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 13:54
  • @Marius Thanks, but as I wrote in the question I have already tested with 1 instead of 'Yes' without any luck.
    – dannevang
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 13:58
  • I saw that. That's why I suggested to change it back to 1 and rebuild your indexes.
    – Marius
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 14:08
  • You should check the backend type of your attribute first. Look for it in database (by its code in eav_attribute table) or in browser with Admin panel + Firebug/Developer tools (open product page, right click - examine).
    – Amberta
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 14:10
  • @Marius Sorry, misunderstood then. Changed it back to 1 and rebuild indexes. Still no luck.
    – dannevang
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 14:29

4 Answers 4


The culprit is probably the ->addStoreFilter($storeId) because it adds the website_id as a filtering condition, instead of the store_id. See Mage_Catalog_Model_Resource_Product_Collection->addStoreFilter() and trace through ->_applyProductLimitations() and finally ->_productLimitationJoinWebsite() where it decides to join the website around line 1652 (in version 1.8):

$joinWebsite = true;
$websiteId = Mage::app()->getStore($filters['store_id'])->getWebsiteId();
$conditions[] = $this->getConnection()
    ->quoteInto('product_website.website_id = ?', $websiteId);

I encountered this problem when trying to use addStoreFilter() on a Resource Model Product Collection instead of the full Model. My solution was to change the store before instantiating the collection.

$collection = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')
                ->addAttributeToSelect('sepdate')  /* I think this line is not necessary because the ->addAttributeToFilter('sepdate', 1) will add the attribute as well. */
                ->addAttributeToFilter('status', array('eq' => 1))
                ->addAttributeToFilter('sepdate', array('eq' => 'Yes'))

I hope this helps. Good luck!

  • @7ochem: Thanks for dotting the i's and crossing the t's! Commented Apr 29, 2015 at 13:19

You might try something like this...


Sometimes addFieldToFilter works when addattributetofilter is not working as you expect it to.

  • Thank you for your answer, sadly that doesn't work either. The sql still contain the store_id = 0 part.
    – dannevang
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 16:37
  • are you trying to get a selection for a specific store? If not, just omit that part. It is generating the query based on what you add to ->addattributetofilter. This will result in a query against all available products.
    – CarComp
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 19:19
  • I am going for a specific store. It is part of a cron going through multiple stores from specific criteria.
    – dannevang
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 19:54

Try this code.


        $attr = $productModel->getResource()->getAttribute('sepdate');
            if ($attr) {

         $filter_id = $attr->getSource()->getOptionId('yes');

            $collection = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')
            ->addAttributeToFilter('status', array('eq' => 1))

You Can use this code

$productAttrCode = 'show_on_home';
$productAttrValue = 'yes';
$products = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->getCollection()
            'eq' => Mage::getResourceModel('catalog/product')

foreach ($products as $product) {
    echo $product->getName() . "<br>";

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