I am saving products fetched from an XML document. I am using $product->save() but I need to do an update after the first save. But the $product->save() method is too much slow for update. I also tried updateAttribute to update product like:

public function productUpdate($productSkus=array(), $data, $storeId = 1){
            foreach($productSkus as $sku){
                $id = $this->_getid($sku);
                $attributesData = array("price" => $data['price']);
                    ->updateAttributes($ids, $attributesData, $storeId);

        public function _getid($sku){
        if (!$product){
            return false;
            return $product->getId();        

What should I do? How can I update products faster? Imagine there is an XML document that is keeping data of 8000 products (including custom attributes), and it is dynamic, which means it can change anytime. So I need to update products fast, but $product->save() and the above code are not suitable for this situation.

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  • Are you trying to give all products the same price? – Milan Simek Oct 12 '15 at 18:42

Firstly you could change _getid($sku) with Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->getIdBySku() which would be a bit more efficient.

Basically your function updates a group of products price yeah? When reading your code I can see that it should be able to simplify it to:

public function productUpdate($productSkus = array(), $data, $storeId = 1)
    $ids = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')
        ->addAttributeToFilter('sku', aray('in' => $productSkus))

        array('price' => $data['price']),
  • thank you for your answer but this is not fast enough. I showed that function for an example . ıt can be anything to update product, but fast. Thats all i matter.Need faster update per product. – sj_magento Oct 12 '15 at 16:00
  • Oh right. Well you're not going to get a faster "magento" way to update the products. This way will be faster than your example as it doesnt need to load every product individually before applying the update. – Luke Rodgers Oct 12 '15 at 16:10

You can try to make a external sql-request with INSERT ... ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE ... to the mage tables and call the reindex procedure. That's the fastet way. But: you need Deep knowing about the structure of the Database. In this case all internal update rules disabled. I think this is a Option, but not recommendable.

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