Magento Commerce, 1.14.x

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Configurable Product

A configurable product looks like a single product with drop-down lists of options for each variation. However, 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.

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 is a better choice.

Configurable Product
Configurable Product

After the configurable product is set up, you have the option to replace the drop-down lists with swatches. Swatches are often used to show colors, patterns, and textures.

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.

Things to Remember

  • A configurable product allows the shopper to select options from drop-down lists. Each option is actually a separate, simple product.

    The drop-down list values are based on attributes that must be set up in advance with required settings. The attribute Scope must be set to “Global,” and Use to Create Configurable Product must be “True.” The drop-down attributes must be included in an attribute set, which is then used as a template for the configurable product.

    Swatches can be used instead of drop-down lists for product variations.

    The simple products associated with a configurable product cannot include custom variants or options, and must be based on the same attribute set that is used to create the configurable product. The associated products can be generated automatically from inside with configurable product record.

    The thumbnail image in the shopping cart can be set to display the image from the configurable product record, or from the associated product.