I'm looking for an effective solution to disable completely core_url_rewrite table. I've disabled the Url Rewriting on the backend, but each time i add or update a product, an url_key is written to this table.

I don't need this feature.

Anybody have a solution to skip this step when I add/update product or when a execute the reindexation.

  • Have you tried to set the index mode to "manual update"? – simonthesorcerer Mar 24 '15 at 23:11
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    You know that product url_key requires URL Rewrite Management to work and you are okay with your product URLs being something like /catalog/product/view/id/1/? – fantasticrice Apr 7 '15 at 18:36
  • Saying that you don't need this feature is essentially saying that you won't depend on search engines routing traffic to your store...why do you think that's the case? Are you concerned about a performance impact of leaving it enabled? – Bryan 'BJ' Hoffpauir Jr. Apr 24 '15 at 3:20
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    Seo is less important for b2b only sites or sites with login protected catalog. So yeah, it's entirely possible to not need the feature. – Melvyn May 8 '15 at 18:02

Disabling URL rewriting in the backend refers to something else, namely web server rewrites. This means, without them, URLs are in the form


instead of


It is not intended to disable the catalog rewrite feature, but if you want to prevent the index from being written, you can rewrite the model catalog/indexer_url and override reindexAll() and _processEvent(Mage_Index_Model_Event $event) with empty methods.

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