I am a newbie in magento development and want to implement softdelete on my models . So basically I have added a is_deleted field in tables. So when I delete any record I just set is_deleted to 1. Now my question is that if I select record(s) from either model or resource Model only filtered record where is_deleted is 0 should come. For Exmaple - $model->load($id) should return the record which is not soft deleted. Thanks for the help in advance

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In your model you would need to override Mage_Core_Model_Abstract::load() function.

If the soft delete is on all models you need to override: Mage_Core_Model_Resource_Db_Abstract::load() method to something like:

public function load(Mage_Core_Model_Abstract $object, $value, $field = null)
    if (is_null($field)) {
        $field = $this->getIdFieldName();

    $read = $this->_getReadAdapter();
    if ($read && !is_null($value)) {
        $select = $this->_getLoadSelect($field, $value, $object);
        $data = $read->fetchRow($select);

        if ($data && $data[is_delete] != 1) {


    return $this;

Here is how you could override an abstract class in Magento: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/15739628/override-extend-magento-abstract-class

  • Hi Paras, Thanks for the help I was looking for same code. Commented Mar 20, 2015 at 11:54
$model = Mage::getModel('modulename/modelname')->getCollection()

this code give a query like this

select * from yourtablename where (is_deleted= '0')

This $model will return only that data where is_deleted = 0

  • Hi Thanks for help but I was looking for a generalized way where it may be applied to all models Commented Mar 20, 2015 at 11:55
  • Just A little question that What should I do If I want to display the items in grid without applying AddFieldtoFilter using the load function logic ? Commented Mar 25, 2015 at 11:30
  • you want to get data using load($id) ri8? if yes than it will return only single row data please clarify what you want and using AddFieldtoFilter what's your problem
    – ND17
    Commented Mar 26, 2015 at 5:24
  • 1
    I just want to implement softdelete in models so when I get result set either using load or in grid view is should be filtered by is_deleted coloum. Commented Mar 27, 2015 at 5:49
  • have you any unique id? and using that id you can get data which is filtered by is_deleted and in grid view you want data filtered by is_deleted coloum than write code in _prepareCollection()
    – ND17
    Commented Mar 27, 2015 at 6:17

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