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Finding the Right EAV Attribute Table


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Need to know the name of an EAV table that an attribute is stored in? Get an instance of the model class

$customer = Mage::getModel('customer/customer');            

and then get a reference to its resource object

$entity = $customer->getResource();

use the eav/config service model’s getCollectionAttribute method to create an instance of the attribute object

$attribute = Mage::getSingleton('eav/config')->getCollectionAttribute($entity->getType(), 'firstname');

and then call the attribute object’s getBackendTable method.


My main use for this is when I need to write custom queries for reporting and want to be absolutely sure I’m getting the right table. Of course, I’m also going to need the attribute ID if I want to grab the right row. That’s available via


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Originally Posted: 30th September 2011