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What Is an Easy Way of Converting Magento Simple Products into Configurable?

Setting up product catalog with Magento you have abundance of tailor-fit features at your disposal, one of which is the possibility to easily create and efficiently manage different types of products at your site. Indicating appropriate product class is significant for accessing apt feature set required to sell your goods.



Not infrequently, having created/uploaded some items to your database, you come to the conclusion, that you need to change Magento product type - let’s say, you have added products as simple, but need them to be configurable ones. For example, you are selling clothing and need to create different options of certain item for customers to choose between (size, color). You, as shop posessor, can develop more flexible system of inventory control, while your customers will be able to easily find the product they will be looking for.


Thus, the item on the agenda is “How to convert Magento simple products to configurable not messing things up?” Will you prefer to re-add all the entities and specify details? Surely, it will be time-consuming and cumbersome process. It’s also possible to edit database tables and change items' type to needed one, what is quite risky, as you can damage Magento database.


Store Manager for Magento offers you a simpler and understandable way of converting Magento simple products into configurables. Below in this post you will find step-by-step tutorial on how to convert Magento simple product to configurable and avoid further product edit inconveniences.


Things to Consider Before Converting Product Type

In order to create configurable product in Magento, to be more accurate, to create selections, there should be configurable attribute with options in the attribute set, this configurable product belongs to (after converting).


Configurable attribute is some product parameter, selections vary by, for example size or color. It should have fields configured in this way:

  • Scope = "Global"
  • Input Type = "Dropdown"
  • Apply to = "Simple Product and Configurable Product" or "All Product Types"
  • Attribute options added


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Converting Magento Simple Product to Configurable: How Is It Done?

"Change product type" option, available on the toolbar or in the context menu (Categories&Products section of Store Manager for Magento) is responsible for converting Magento simple product to configurable.



  1. Select simple product or products to be converted to configurable and click click on this option.

  2. Select target product type in from this dropdown.


  3. Press OK to change Magento product type.

Generate Associated Simple Items to Converted Product

To create fully-functional configurable product, you have assign simple products to it. They will represent selections at the frontend, so that customer will be able to adjust their purchase and choose necessary option. Store Manager provides you with the possibility to generate associated products.

  1. Move towards Associated Products tab of product lower grid and press "Select Configurable Attributes" button on the toolbar.


  2. Select configurable attributes, on the basis of which options will be generated and press YES.


  3. Press "Create Associated Products" button and select values that will participate in associated product creating.


  4. Confirm generating and in seconds simple products will be created.

Check the results in Store Manager and at the product page.

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