In short: Retrieving a product URL with additional params doesn't work in CE 1.8 & EE 1.13.

URLs have changed with the latest version of Magento. Previously in CE 1.7 and EE 1.12 calling $this->getAddToCartUrl($_product) from a product list would run through the following stages:

  1. Mage_Catalog_Block_Product_Abstract::getAddToCartUrl()
    • Here it would add the query param "options" with the value "cart"
  2. Mage_Catalog_Block_Product_Abstract::getProductUrl()
    • This method essentially gets a value from the URL model
  3. Mage_Catalog_Model_Product_Url::getUrl()
    • A lot of processing occurs until the URL is finally generated, complete with the query parameters originally passed in

Now, with CE 1.8 and EE 1.13, step 3 Mage_Catalog_Model_Product_Url::getUrl() starts like this:

$url = $product->getData('url');
if (!empty($url)) {
    return $url;

Because the products in the list have URL data already, the query parameters are not added and the final URL does not contain ?options=cart.

My question: Is this a bug or a feature?

  • Just a side note, we have to add a form_key tag to our add to cart url after a couple of EE1.13 upgrades Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 22:24
  • Thanks for the input - by the looks of it Magento will do this automatically in Mage_Catalog_Block_Product_Abstract::getAddToCartUrl() via the core/session singleton. Can you give me an example of the code you used? Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 22:29

1 Answer 1


Wow, quite the delta for that class from ->! Whereas there are substantial changes this class, and that this is "breaking behavior", it should be considered a bug and should be submitted to EE support.

There is nothing exceptionally novel or edgy about this previously-valid functionality, and even in a minor version update breaking changes should not exist (hence Magento 2).

  • Thanks Ben, just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something. Commented Oct 20, 2013 at 7:58

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