I'm having some problems within the product description as my client wants to use the wysiwyg-editor and its image upload features. Sadly all inserted image variables won't get parsed correctly so the output is something like this:

<img src="{{media url="someurl"}}">

which is in fact the same as the raw input.

Any suggestions how to fix this? I obviously don't want to change all image links to something hardcoded even if my client has just around 100 products ;)


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I found the solution to my problem:

most themes like the one my client is using use this syntax to get the product description (containing wysiwyg codes):

echo $_product->getDescription(); 

but instead you have to use this not intuitive construction:

echo $this->helper('catalog/output')->productAttribute($_product, $_product->getDescription(), 'description');

which then does the transforming.

(while normally not the solution: there is also an attribute for magento attributes that enables wysiwyg parsing and will be checked inside the productAttribute-function)


Try this code.

$_cmsHelper = Mage::helper('cms');
$_process = $_cmsHelper->getBlockTemplateProcessor();
echo $_process->filter($myattribute);


echo $this->helper('catalog/output')->productAttribute($this->getProduct(),$myattribute,'description');

Try single quotes inside curly braces that would not break wysiwyg, I had same problem which get solved doing that way.

<img src="{{image url='someurl'}}">
  • sadly it doesn't help, same result Mar 4, 2015 at 8:21

First of all, there is no image directive. To include files from the media directory, use the media template tag (double quotes are fine):

<img src="{{media url="wysiwyg/img.ext"}}" />

If you see the markup as is in the frontend, this may be caused

  • either by the WYSIWYG editor
  • or by your theme,

converting HTML special characters to HTML entities, e.g. < becomes &lt;. You may check the description stored in the database. If characters are already converted there, it's likely an issue during collection of data. Otherwise check your frontend display.

  • oh typo with image, I meant media of course. But still won't work and there is no html entity conversion, just the markup as it is pasted into the wysiwyg-editor (product page if it helps) As far as I can tell the installation is pretty much genuine Magento with just custom theme on top of it. Mar 4, 2015 at 10:25

Go to Admin/Catalog and enable the option for

"Allow Dynamic Media URLs in Products and Categories"

Change from "No" to "Yes" and then clear cache, {{media url=""}} now works ;)

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