Magento Support: Attribute Properties

Attribute Properties in Magento

The Attribute Properties in Magento define the individual characteristics that determine how an attribute can be used in the product catalog.

Attribute Properties in Magento

Property Descriptions

PROPERTY: Attribute Code

(Required) A unique identifier for internal use. The Attribute Code must begin with a letter, but can include a combination of lowercase letters (a-z) and numbers (0-9).The code must be less than thirty characters in length and cannot include any special characters or spaces, although an underscore (_) can be used to indicate a space.


Limits the use of an attribute to a specific store view or website. Options include:

  • Store View
  • Website
  • Global

PROPERTY: Catalog Input Type for Store Owner

Determines the data type and input control that is used to manage the product from the store Admin. Options include:

Text Field: A single line input field for text.

Text Area: A multiple-line input field that can display paragraphs of text formatted with HTML.

Date: An input field for date values. The date can be typed directly into the field, or selected from a list or calendar.

Yes/No: A drop-down list with pre-defined options of “Yes” and “No.”

Dropdown: A drop-down list of configurable options, from which only one can be selected.

Multiple Select: Displays a drop-down list of configurable options. To select more than one option, hold down the Ctrl key and click each item.

Price: An input type that can be used to create price fields in addition to the predefined attributes: Price, Special Price, Tier Price and Cost.

Media Image: An additional image that can be included in the attribute set of a product.

Fixed Product Tax: An input type that gives you the ability to define FPT rates based on the requirements of your locale.

PROPERTY: Default Value

Assigns a starting value to the attribute to help during data entry. To assign a default value for Multiple Select or Dropdown input types, see: Creating Attributes.

A default value cannot be set for Multiple Select, Dropdown, or Fixed Product Tax input types.

PROPERTY: Unique Value

To prevent duplicate values in a data entry field, set Unique Value to “Yes.” Options include: Yes / No

PROPERTY: Values Required

To require that a value to be entered in this field before the record can be saved, set Values Required to “Yes.” Options include: Yes / No

PROPERTY: Input Validation for Store Owner

Performs a validation check of the data entered in the field, based on the following options:

  • None
  • Decimal Number
  • Integer Number
  • Email
  • URL
  • Letters
  • Letters (a-z, A-Z) or Numbers (0-9)


(Required) Identifies the product types to which this attribute applies. Options include:

  • All Product Types
  • Selected Product Types
  • Simple Product
  • Grouped Product
  • Configurable Product
  • Virtual Product
  • Bundle Product

PROPERTY: Use to Create Configurable Product

(Dropdown input type only) Select “Yes” if this attribute will be used to create a drop-down list for a configurable product. Options include: Yes / No

Topics in the Attributes section include the following:

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