Add custom attributes to Magento product grid or listing page

Saturday, 14. April 2012

Thought this will help someone. If you want to use a custom attribute in category product listing pages follow these steps below:

1) Ensure addAttribute Method exists
Navigate to app/code/core/Mage/Catalog/Block/Product/List.php. Search for a method called addAttribute

This should already been added with new versions of Magento, but if your version doesn’t have it. Copy this file to


Then before the end of class add this script:

   * Use this method in layouts for extra attributes
   * @param string $code internal name of attribute
  public function addAttribute($code)
    return $this;

2) Update your catalog.xml file
Once we have the method in place. Now navigate to your theme’s catalog.xml file and open it.
– Look for handlers catalog_category_default and catalog_category_layered
– then add your attribute codes as show below:

    <block type="catalog/product_list" name="product_list" template="catalog/product/list.phtml">			
	<action method="addAttribute"><name>attribute_code</name></action>
	<action method="addAttribute"><name>attribute_code2</name></action>

3) Use your attribute in list.phtml page
Now you can use the attribute in your theme’s list.phtml page just as normal.

    echo $_product->getAttributeCode(); # OR
    echo $_product->getData('attribute_code2'); # OR
    echo $_product->getAttributeText('attribute_code2');


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