I am inserting customer data in magento programmatically; for my client, email is not a mandatory field, so some users will not have it.

When I insert the customer without email, it throws an error "email is a required field" .


$customer = $this->_getCustomerModel();
$userid = Mage::helper('customer')->CreateUserid(Federallawyer_Customer_Helper_Data::LAWYER);


Is it possible to insert the data in customer table without email?

  • you can remove the required option in db for customer email Aug 13, 2015 at 20:17
  • ya i did,but still i can't able to insert the customer data with out email id.do you have any other idea or suggestion
    – senthil
    Aug 14, 2015 at 4:13
  • just generate a random email for each! Email is in fact used as frontend login, you know. Aug 14, 2015 at 11:46
  • except to generate the random email id, do you have any other idea,because i having nearly 10 lakhs record for that nearly 5 lakhs user don't have a email id, if i generate random email id it make some duplicate problem,that is why i asking some other idea and suggestion
    – senthil
    Aug 14, 2015 at 12:58

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You cannot use the import without an email address. It's the main identifier and used to detect existing entries. In fact, I doubt any part of Magento will allow customers to be inserted without an email address.

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