The "Thumbnail Image" option is not showing in the category admin panel.

see below image.

is this an issue with magento or issue with what? enter image description here

2 Answers 2


Magento version removes the feature of adding thumbnail image for category in Admin Panel. The Thumbnail attribute will normally be added when you install the sample data, but you can do it also manually with a few SQL queries or a custom setup script.

eav_attribute table:

INSERT INTO `eav_attribute` (`attribute_id`, `entity_type_id`, `attribute_code`,
`attribute_model`, `backend_model`, `backend_type`, `backend_table`, `frontend_model`,
`frontend_input`, `frontend_label`, `frontend_class`, `source_model`, `is_required`,
`is_user_defined`, `default_value`, `is_unique`, `note`) VALUES(140, 3, 'thumbnail', NULL,
'catalog/category_attribute_backend_image', 'varchar', NULL, NULL, 'image', 'Thumbnail
Image', NULL, NULL, 0, 0, NULL, 0, NULL);

catalog_eav_attribute table:

INSERT INTO `catalog_eav_attribute` (`attribute_id`, `frontend_input_renderer`,
`is_global`, `is_visible`, `is_searchable`, `is_filterable`, `is_comparable`,
`is_visible_on_front`, `is_html_allowed_on_front`, `is_used_for_price_rules`,
`is_filterable_in_search`, `used_in_product_listing`, `used_for_sort_by`,
`is_configurable`, `apply_to`, `is_visible_in_advanced_search`, `position`,
`is_wysiwyg_enabled`, `is_used_for_promo_rules`) VALUES
(140, NULL, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, NULL, 0, 0, 0, 0);

eav_entity_attribute table:

INSERT INTO `eav_entity_attribute` (`entity_attribute_id`, `entity_type_id`,  
`attribute_set_id`, `attribute_group_id`, `attribute_id`, `sort_order`) 
VALUES (337, 3, 3, 4, 140, 3);

or use the custom setup script:


$attribute = array(
'thumbnail' => array(
'type'       => 'varchar',
'label'      => 'Thumbnail Image',
'input'      => 'image',
'backend'    => 'catalog/category_attribute_backend_image',
'required'   => false,
'sort_order' => 5,
'global'     => Mage_Catalog_Model_Resource_Eav_Attribute::SCOPE_STORE,
'group'      => 'General Information',

$this->addAttribute(Mage_Catalog_Model_Category::ENTITY, 'thumbnail', $attribute);
  • Thank you for your reply. i prefer using sql, but i'm getting ths error when try to run your sql: #1062 - Duplicate entry '140' for key 'PRIMARY' Commented Feb 17, 2015 at 7:41
  • @AhmadDarwish the ID 140 was just from my example, for the queries 2 and 3 use the ID which was generated for the thumbnail attribute in the eav_attribute table. Commented Feb 17, 2015 at 8:22
  • It is working, only i've to change the the ID from 140 for my last free ID. thank you Commented Feb 17, 2015 at 8:35
  • This adds it to the database perfectly but is there something missing to actually call it in the frontend now since 1.9 because $_category->getThumbnail() doesn't work for me...
    – zigojacko
    Commented Feb 26, 2015 at 18:50

In Magento 1.9.X version they disable module for category Thumbnail.

The thumbnail attribute is active by Mage_XmlConnect module.

So you just need to enable Mage_XmlConnect module to fix the issue.

You can find this module in app/etc/Mage_XmlConnect.xml

Now make it active: replace false with : true

Now clear your cache.

  • this worked like a charm for me, the other answer did not.
    – Jimmery
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 16:44

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