i have the following code in a helper file:

public  function getAvailableAttributesHelper($_product) {
    $_product   = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->load($product_id);

    if ($_product->getTypeId()=='configurable')

        //Get Attributes
        $attributes = $_product->getTypeInstance(true)->getConfigurableAttributes($_product);
        if (count($attributes)) 
            $output .= '<ul>';
            foreach($attributes as $att)

                //get the child products
                $allProducts = $_product->getTypeInstance(true)->getUsedProducts(null, $_product);
                $frontValues =array();
                $output .= '<ul>';
                $output .= $pAtt->getFrontendLabel();
                $output .= '<ul>';
                foreach($allProducts as $p){
                //check stock, status, ...
                //do not show unsaleable options
                if(!$p->isSaleable()) continue;
            $output .= '<ul>';
            implode('</li><li>', $frontValues);
            $output .= '</li></ul></li>';}
        $output .= '</ul>';

      } else {
         $output .= '<span>To Bad</span>';
      return $output;

I have the original code from here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/23950764/magento-how-to-show-configurable-product-options-in-product-list-page This way i can show the available options of the configurable products on the product list page. This is a great wish for our shop. Only we have bought a theme for our store, and that theme generates the products from a helper .... thats why i now try to get this code working in the helper.

In the \app\design\frontend\theme\default\template\catalog\list.phtml is used <?php echo Mage::helper('mymodule')->getAvailableAttributesHelper($_product) ?> but without any output. What am i doing wrong?

I have magento 1.8.1 CE

  • what is the name and path of a helper file ? May 31, 2015 at 8:44
  • app/code/local/Etheme/mymodule/Helper/data.php
    – Ronny
    May 31, 2015 at 8:46
  • see this inchoo link inchoo.net/magento/…
    – Amit Bera
    May 31, 2015 at 9:22
  • But i only want to show the options in the list.phtml The orginal code i had found does that for me, only due to my theme i have to code it in a helper file. The if ($_product->getTypeId()=='configurable') is false, even when it's is a configurable product
    – Ronny
    May 31, 2015 at 9:33

2 Answers 2


I have optimized the code.

public function getAvailableAttributesHelper($_product){
                 $skipSaleableCheck = Mage::helper('catalog/product')->getSkipSaleableCheck();
                $allProducts = $_product->getTypeInstance(true)
                                ->getUsedProducts(null, $_product);
                foreach ($allProducts as $product) {
                // only show available option
                if(!$product->isSaleable()) continue;
                            foreach ($AllowAttributes as $attribute) {
                                    $productAttribute   = $attribute->getProductAttribute();
                                    $productAttributeId = $productAttribute->getId();

                foreach($option  as $key=>$eachoption){
                            foreach(array_unique($eachoption) as $value){


    return $html;

output like this:

enter image description here

  • Amit, this code show all options. How can i olny show the available options? For example, when in your first image only the M, L, and XL are in stock. That only these options are shown and S & XS are hidden
    – Ronny
    Jun 2, 2015 at 18:36
  • When i add ` if($product->isSaleable()) continue; after foreach ($allProducts as $product) { ... it does the opposite ... it shows the sold options ...
    – Ronny
    Jun 2, 2015 at 18:55

You should set some breakpoints in your code to see on which if()-condition it breaks. My guess would be, that $attributes doesn't return a result because your configurable attributes are set to "Show in category listing" -> "No" in the backend unter "Catalog -> Manage Attributes"

== EDIT ==

There are some issues in this code. When you call $pAtt->getFrontendLabel(), you don't do anything with it. You should have $html .= $pAtt->getFrontendLabel();

Second, you don't return anything from your function. Add return $html; in the last line, or the HTML code will not "get back" to your template.

  • When I put The original code in The 'list.phtml' then it shows The output. Only I need The helper file to place it At The wanted position
    – Ronny
    May 31, 2015 at 8:40
  • Edited my answer May 31, 2015 at 9:01
  • I edited the code. And put an else to the code to see if it works. I do get an output now ... but only To Bad
    – Ronny
    May 31, 2015 at 9:11
  • 1
    Yes I understood that :) and it is better placed there. And you made some necessary modifications to the code, but not all of them I fear. And the first line re-defines $_product, which overwrites the value you pass to the function. Does it work if you remove this line? May 31, 2015 at 10:26
  • 1
    You should check why $pAtt = ... A few lines above that error does not return a product attribute. You can use var_dump() to check what it does return. I am on mobile atm and can not test so much. Maybe you can find a hint on this in the original code, and compare what you have changed. May 31, 2015 at 10:34

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