I need to find a way to show the value of a custom attribute in place of the "Product Name" shown in the image below.

Grouped products table

I'm working with /app/design/frontend/default/defaultx/template/catalog/product/view/type/grouped.php

The code below doesn't work(the custom attribute is yearmade):

<?php if (count($_associatedProducts)): ?>  
<?php foreach ($_associatedProducts as $_item): ?>  
        <td><?php echo $this->htmlEscape($_item->getYearmade()) ?></td>

Any help would be appreciated.

EDIT: So the answer turned out to be quite simple. You see what I failed to mention above was that there was indeed output... but that it was just a number (eg: 52). Turns out this was the ID for that custom attribute value (It was a Dropdown type of custom attribute).

So in summary
This works for custom attributes of type text:

echo $this->htmlEscape($_item->getYearmade())

But for all other types of custom attribute (I think), the following should be used:

echo $this->htmlEscape($_item->getAttributeText('yearmade'))

I would not have discovered this without the most excellent answer provided by Alan Storm, below. Thank you sir.

Accepted Answer

All Magento models have a "getData" method available, which will return an php-array of key/value pairs. Try this at the top of your grouped.phtml file (after $_product is defined)


You should see output that looks something like the following.

	[store_id] => 1
	[entity_id] => 3437
	[entity_type_id] => 4
	[attribute_set_id] => 27
	[type_id] => grouped
	[sku] => 
	[category_ids] => 
	[created_at] => 2009-04-16 03:37:51

So, you can grab an array of properties and just pull the key out. You could also use Magento's convenience/magic getX and setX methods. On all Magento models, you can access any property in the data array by calling a method based on the camel case version of the name,

$created_at = $_product->getCreatedAt();

So, whatever your custom attribute name is, you should be able to get at it using the above, and if you're not sure just print_r or var_dump the contents of the array returned by getData().

Finally, if the custom attribute is on one of the related products simple product, you'll wants something more like

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