On my product view page I get the following error:

 Fatal error: Call to a member function getSortedChildren() on a non-object in /template/catalog/product/view/type/options/configurable.phtml on line 32

Here's configurable.phtml

   $_product    = $this->getProduct();
   $_attributes = Mage::helper('core')->decorateArray($this->getAllowAttributes());
   $_jsonConfig = $this->getJsonConfig();
   $_renderers = $this->getChild('attr_renderers')->getSortedChildren(); // LINE THE ERROR REFERS TO
<?php if ($_product->isSaleable() && count($_attributes)):?>
<?php foreach($_attributes as $_attribute): ?>
    $_rendered = false;
    foreach ($_renderers as $_rendererName):
        $_renderer = $this->getChild('attr_renderers')->getChild($_rendererName);
        if (method_exists($_renderer, 'shouldRender') && $_renderer->shouldRender($_attribute, $_jsonConfig)):
            echo $_renderer->toHtml();
            $_rendered = true;

    if (!$_rendered):
    <dt><label class="required"><em>*</em><?php echo $_attribute->getLabel() ?></label></dt>
    <dd<?php if ($_attribute->decoratedIsLast){?> class="last"<?php }?>>
        <div class="input-box">
            <select name="super_attribute[<?php echo $_attribute->getAttributeId() ?>]" id="attribute<?php echo $_attribute->getAttributeId() ?>" class="required-entry super-attribute-select">
                <option><?php echo $this->__('Choose an Option...') ?></option>
    <?php endif; ?>
<?php endforeach; ?>
<script type="text/javascript">
    var spConfig = new Product.Config(<?php echo $_jsonConfig ?>);
<?php echo $this->getChildHtml('after') ?>

I haven't made any changes to the attributes lately, I only uploaded some swatch images, I've renamed the folder and the code still isn't working

  • @KeyurShah sorry I totally forgot about it
    – Eddie
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 11:26

1 Answer 1


I think you are using custom theme so make sure that in catalog.xml file


<PRODUCT_TYPE_configurable translate="label" module="catalog">

under this tag

<reference name="product.info.options.wrapper">
            <block type="catalog/product_view_type_configurable" name="product.info.options.configurable" as="options_configurable" before="-" template="catalog/product/view/type/options/configurable.phtml">
                <block type="core/text_list" name="product.info.options.configurable.renderers" as="attr_renderers" />
                <block type="core/text_list" name="product.info.options.configurable.after" as="after" />

this block exist if its not then just add this block under


if its not works then place your catalog.xml here so someone can check

  • I checked my catalog.xml and the <PRODUCT_TYPE_configurable translate="label" module="catalog"> block is present in the file. I tried renaming the file in my custom theme so it refers back to the base file, which also has that block in in, but that was no help either
    – Eddie
    Commented May 18, 2015 at 7:07

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