Export attribute values from Magento programmatically

Occasionally you may need to export the values of a Magento attribute programatically – perhaps into a spreadsheet so you can check them, or do something else.

It’s not too difficult to do with a simple script, provided that (a) the attribute is of the select / dropdown type, and (b) you know the attribute code. You can find the latter under Catalog / Attributes / Manage Attributes in the admin panel.

Armed with this information, fire up a small PHP script along the following lines :

require_once 'app/Mage.php';

First we hook into Magento in the usual way – the first line assumes that the script will be saved to the web root of your site.

$fp = fopen('colours.csv', 'w');
$header = array("Colour");
fputcsv($fp, $header);

In this example we’re exporting the “colour” attribute, so we’re creating a simple CSV file to hold the export called colours.csv, creating the header row, and writing it to the CSV file.

$attribute = Mage::getSingleton('eav/config')->getAttribute(Mage_Catalog_Model_Product::ENTITY, 'color');

Note that the default colour attribute code is set to the American spelling of ‘color’ so this should be reflected in your script accordingly.

$options = $attribute->getSource()->getAllOptions(false);

We’ve now loaded the attribute into $attribute, and its options are now loaded into $options, so we need to loop through each one and retrieve the label.

foreach($options as $option) {
	$data = array($option['label'],"");

For each one, we put the label into an array then add that array as a new line to the CSV file.


Finally we need to close off the CSV file.

That’s it! Download the file below, tweak it to suit your needs, and you’re away.