Attributes - an introduction

Introduction to Zen Cart Attributes

Zen Cart allows you to create variant products using its built-in attributes mechanism.


  • A shirt in sizes small, medium and large.
  • A book in hardcover or paperback

Zen Cart offers the following types of attributes:

  • radio buttons
  • checkboxes
  • drop-down lists
  • text boxes
  • file uploads
  • file downloads
  • read only attributes

Here’s an example from the Zen Cart sample data.
This is a cropped view of the product info page for one of the same products. The product has a dropdown attribute called Media Type, and three checkbox attributes.

Attributes in Zen Cart

To learn more about attributes, read:

Downloadable products are also created using attributes. To learn more about downloadable products, read:

Still have questions? No problem! Just head over to the Zen Cart support forum and ask there.
In your post, please include your Zen Cart and PHP versions, and a link to your site.

Last modified July 29, 2020 by Scott C Wilson (2475324).