If I call getAttributeText on a non existing attribute, eg:


I get the fatal error:

Fatal error: Call to a member function getSource() on a non-object

Which I can't even try-catch because its fatal.

Different magento stores have different attributes (And also different products got different attributes), so how can I access attributes in a safe way that even if they are undefined I won't get fatal (for example get null or empty string if non-existence)?

or as an alternative, how can I test if attribute exists first?


4 Answers 4


answering self:


$attribute = $_product->getResource()->getAttribute('custom_attribute_code');
if ($attribute)
    echo $attribute_value = $attribute ->getFrontend()->getValue($_product);

Given that the product is already loaded (including this attribute), you can use getData() instead of the magic getter to be able to use a dynamic attribute code:

$attributeCode = 'custom_attribute_code');

if ($_product->getData($attributeCode) !== null){
    echo $_product->getAttributeText($attributeCode);

This way you have no unnecessary database queries.

  • "This way you have no unnecessary database queries." - what do you mean? is my answer below causing extra db queries? thanks
    – Ronen Ness
    Jun 1, 2016 at 14:36
  • I double checked, your solution is actually the same as getAttributeText() with an additional check, so it's fine. I thought it would load a single attribute from the database but apparently I was wrong. That makes our answers equally efficient. Jun 1, 2016 at 20:19
  • but yours a little more elegant ;) thanks!
    – Ronen Ness
    Jun 1, 2016 at 21:16
  • works on magento2.4 👍
    – 00-BBB
    Mar 25, 2021 at 9:41

Just use:

if($product->getCustomAttributeCode()) {
    echo $product->getAttributeText('custom_attribute_code');   

If you prefer using short-hand PHP:

echo $_product->getCustomAttributeCode()?$_product->getAttributeText('custom_attribute_code'):"";

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