I am trying to find the fastest way of getting a list/array of product id's for any given category id.

I understand this is quite fast $category = new Varien_Object(array('id'=>$_cat)); $positions = Mage::getResourceModel('catalog/category')->getProductsPosition($category);

but there must be a way of getting the individual id's in 1 go.

So my question is: how can I retrieve an array of productids from a category id?

(Ad. where the is_anchor attribute is respected - for this Magento this means that also underlying category products are added to the collection)

also read; http://www.blog.plazathemes.com/archives/2759

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If you only have the category ID and do not want to load the category itself, you can use this code (given category id $categoryId):

$category = Mage::getModel('catalog/category')->setId($categoryId);
$productCollection = Mage::getResourceModel('catalog/product_collection')

This code respects the is_anchor attribute because the filter is using the index, so as a result it returns all products that Magento would show on front-end, including products from the underlying sub-categories.

  • @ShirtsofHolland thanks for the edit suggestion, I extended it with more information Commented Aug 14, 2015 at 7:13
  • thanks. However $category = Mage::getModel('catalog/category')->setId($categoryId)->setIsAnchor(false); $includeIDs = Mage::getResourceModel('catalog/product_collection')->addCategoryFilter($category)->getAllIds(); doesnt show the collection without underlying products. We tried this many times - but it just doesnt give the expected result .... Commented Aug 14, 2015 at 7:14
  • OK I made a wrong assumption here. The anchor attribute is already respected in the category_product index and the index is used by this collection filter. I fixed the answer. Commented Aug 14, 2015 at 7:28

Try this:

$category = Mage::getModel('catalog/category')->load($_cat);
$prodCollection = $category->getProductCollection()->getAllIds();

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