How to Create a Configurable Product in Magento 1.9

A configurable product looks like a single product with drop-down lists of options for each variation. Each option is actually a separate simple product with a unique SKU, which makes it possible to track inventory for each product variation. You could achieve a similar effect by using a simple product with custom options, but without the ability to track inventory for each variation. Products with multiple options are sometimes referred to as composite product.

Although a configurable product uses more SKUs, and may initially take a little longer to set up, it can save you time in the long run. If you plan to grow your business, the configurable product type might be a better choice for a product with multiple options.

Creating a Configurable Product

The following instructions take you through the process of creating a configurable product with the basic fields. Each required field is marked in the Admin with a red asterisk (*). After you complete the required settings and save the product, you can add images and complete the remaining product information, as needed.

Step 1: Create Attributes for Drop-Down Options

Create an attribute for each drop-down list of options that you want to include in the configurable product. If the attribute already exists and has the correct properties, you can add it to the attribute set in the next step. To learn more, see: Creating Attributes.

Required Attribute Properties

PROPERTY SETTING
Scope Global
Catalog Input Type for Store Owner Dropdown
Apply to Configurable Product or All Product Types
Use to Create Configurable Product Yes

Step 2: Create the Attribute Set

Create an attribute for each drop-down list of options that you want to include in the configurable product. If the attribute already exists and has the correct properties, you can add it to the attribute set in the next step. To learn more, see: Creating Attributes.

Required Attribute Properties

  1. On the Admin menu, select Catalog > Attributes > Manage Attribute Sets. Then, click the Add New Set button.
  2. Assign a Name to the attribute set.
  3. In the Based On list, select an existing attribute set, such as “Default,” to use as a template. Then, click the Save Attribute Set button.
  4. Starting from the list of Unassigned Attributes, drag and drop each attribute you want to include in the product to the center column. You can arrange them in any order.
  5. To group the attributes in their own section of the Product Information panel, do the following:
    • In the Groups section, click the Add New button.
    • When prompted, enter a Name for the new group. Then, click the OK button.
    • The new group appears at the bottom of the Groups column.
    • Drag and drop each attribute that you created for the drop-down options to group where you want them to appear.
  6. Click the Save Attribute Set button.
  7. When prompted to update your cache, click the link in the message and refresh the invalid cache.

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