I have been charged with customizing Magento 1.9.1 and my question seems complicated to me, but might not to a seasoned MageDev.

What I want to do is have an attribute set, say "UniqueChoice", and in our application based on the roles of "Admin" and "Showcase", we would like to have more/less options. What is the best way to accomplish this? Can it somehow be done through the GUI? Or will I need to override some files to add this functionality?

  • This is all possible, but you'll need to customize a template and implement the attributes and permissions.
    – SR_Magento
    Commented Feb 9, 2015 at 22:17

2 Answers 2


I don't believe you can assign a Role with ACL specific enough to show/hide individual attributes.

However, I think it would be possible by editing the renderer for the adminhtml catalog page.

*Note: This is not the Magento way of doing it. This is just a proof of concept to show that it is possible to do. This code works and hopefully it will inspire you to come up with a proper solution. *

Edit the following file:


Near the top of the file after <?php $_element = $this->getElement() ?>, add this code:


    // Admin Role that needs special permission
    $admin_role = "Showcase"; 

    // Array with all of the Attributes you want to exclude from your custom Admin Role
    // Keep adding these lines.  One for every attribute code that you want your special role to not show.

    $role = Mage::getSingleton('admin/session')->getUser()->getRole()->getRoleName();
    if (in_array($_element->getId(),$disallowed_attributes) && $role==$admin_role) {
        return false;  // Don't display this attribute


One thing to keep in mind is if you exclude an attribute that is a required field then you won't be able to save your product since that required field will not be showing.

I hope this helps get you started on creating a more permanent solution.


In Magento 2, it can be done by overriding the template at following path


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