I'm filtering a product collection by the custom attribute ean with the following code

$collection = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->getCollection();
$collection->addFieldToFilter('ean', '678678');

foreach ($collection as $product)
     Mage::Log('product found');

There is product with this ean but no product is found.

  • What was the problem? I don't think it was the addFieldToFilter, was it? Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 13:58
  • Actually I had a space in at the end of the ean. Remember to always but quotes around debug messages... Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 13:59
  • narf :-) Always the same... Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 14:00

3 Answers 3


The methods addFieldToFilter() and addAttributeToFilter() are the same.

 * Wrapper for compatibility with Varien_Data_Collection_Db
 * @param mixed $attribute
 * @param mixed $condition
public function addFieldToFilter($attribute, $condition = null)
    return $this->addAttributeToFilter($attribute, $condition);

I would try to remove the filter, then loop over the collection and check the values of ean. What query is fired?

Maybe some observer hooks into catalog_product_collection_load_before and the query is altered and filters are added?

Load the collection and then check echo (string)$collection->getSelect(). After(!) the ->load().


try and use

$collection->addAttributeToFilter('ean', '678678');

This post gives some nice pointers on using collections


Maybe this:

$collection->addFieldToFilter('ean', '678678');

should be:

$collection->addAttributeToFilter('ean', '678678');

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