If you want to add a tab to a product edit page in Magento backend, you can do this by following these steps:

    • Create a new tab block  {module_name}/adminhtml_{block_name}
      class Magestore_{module_name}_Block_Adminhtml__{block_name} extends Mage_Core_Block_Template
      implements Mage_Adminhtml_Block_Widget_Tab_Interface {
        public function __construct() {
        public function getTabLabel(){
          return Mage::helper('core')->__('My tab');
        public function getTabTitle(){
          return Mage::helper('core')->__('My tab');
        public function canShowTab(){
          return true;
        public function isHidden(){
          return false;
    • Add to layout file of your module:
      <reference name="product_tabs">
      <action method="addTab"><name>my_tab</name><block>{module_name}/adminhtml_{block_name}</block></action>
    • Result:

Note: You can use this way to add a tab to order view page or customer view page.


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Alex is the CTO & Co-founder of Magestore which has been providing retail solutions for Magento merchants since 2009. He started as a Magento developer just one year after the release of the first version of Magento. With over 10 years experience of working with Magento and clients all over the world, he gained great knowledge on e-commerce development, order management systems, inventory control & retail POS.


  1. Thanks for help and publish this article.
    I have done this sucessfully in local magento setup.
    but i have not found the solution for how to save added fields in my tab view.
    I have tried to extend product controller but it gives error.

  2. Thank you for the tutorial, but I don’t understand what does it mean to Create a new tab block ? where? what type of file should I create?

  3. @shani: This is to add a new tab in product edit page in backend.
    @Alex: This is a good trick but if you just want to create a new tab for product, there is another simple way. Here’s short instruction:
    1) Create a new attribute set
    2) Create a new group for that attribute set
    3) Add attribute to the new group
    Now you will have a new tab in product edit page.
    Maybe this way is useful in some cases 😉

  4. Hello,
    I’ve tried to add a new tab to the product edit page in the admin area. I’ve found this tutorial on how to add my own tab but I ran into some problems.

    I have an admin module I’ve added to magento and worked fine which is located in this folder: \app\code\local\Shani\Suppliers\

    following the tutorial I did this steps:

    The file adminhtml_Suppliers.php on this path: \app\code\local\Shani\Suppliers. The file content:
    __(‘My tab’);
    public function getTabTitle(){
    return Mage::helper(‘core’)->__(‘My tab’);
    public function canShowTab(){
    return true;
    public function isHidden(){
    return false;

    The file suppliers.xml on this path : \app\design\adminhtml\default\default\layout –


    and in the file config.xml on this path : \app\code\local\Shani\Suppliers\etc\ –


    Allow Everything

    Suppliers Module


    after I do those steps I get an error in the admin:

    a:5:{i:0;s:274:”Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: Entity: line 1: parser error : attributes construct error in /home/…/public_html/…/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Model/Layout/Update.php on line 431″;i:1;s:2330:”#0 /home/…/public_html/…/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Model/Layout/Update.php(431): mageCoreErrorHandler(2, ‘simplexml_load_…’, ‘/home/zergant/p…’, 431, Array)
    #1 /home/…/public_html/…/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Model/Layout/Update.php(273): Mage_Core_Model_Layout_Update->getFileLayoutUpdatesXml(‘fetchFileLayoutUpdates(‘adminhtml’, ‘default’, ‘skin_free’, ‘0’)
    #3 /home/…/public_html/…/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Model/Layout/Update.php(246): Mage_Core_Model_Layout_Update->fetchPackageLayoutUpdates()
    #4 /home/…/public_html/…/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Model/Layout/Update.php(224): Mage_Core_Model_Layout_Update->merge(‘default’)
    #5 /home/…/public_html/…/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Controller/Varien/Action.php(305): Mage_Core_Model_Layout_Update->load(‘default’)
    #6 /home/…/public_html/…/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Controller/Varien/Action.php(260): Mage_Core_Controller_Varien_Action->loadLayoutUpdates()
    #7 /home/…/public_html/…/app/code/core/Mage/Adminhtml/Controller/Action.php(263): Mage_Core_Controller_Varien_Action->loadLayout()
    #8 /home/…/public_html/…/app/code/core/Mage/Adminhtml/controllers/CacheController.php(46): Mage_Adminhtml_Controller_Action->loadLayout(NULL, true, true)
    #9 /home/…/public_html/…/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Controller/Varien/Action.php(418): Mage_Adminhtml_CacheController->indexAction()
    #10 /home/…/public_html/…/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Controller/Varien/Router/Standard.php(254): Mage_Core_Controller_Varien_Action->dispatch()
    #11 /home/…/public_html/…/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Controller/Varien/Front.php(177): Mage_Core_Controller_Varien_Router_Standard->match(‘index)
    #12 /home/…/public_html/…/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Model/App.php(304): Mage_Core_Controller_Varien_Front->dispatch(Object(Mage_Core_Controller_Request_Http))
    #13 /home/…/public_html/…/app/Mage.php(596): Mage_Core_Model_App->run()
    #14 /home/…/public_html/…/index.php(78): Mage::run(Array)
    #15 {main}”;s:3:”url”;s:66:”/index.php/admin/cache/index/key/0818460e3be0e710c50c3f22679aea85/”;s:11:”script_name”;s:10:”/index.php”;s:4:”skin”;s:5:”admin”;}

    How גן I fix this problem?


  5. thanks you this really helped me get my module to show up in the tab now i just have to figure out how to relate the content in my module to the product that is being veiwed

  6. dprogrammer Reply


    I have added a tab according to the instruction given above..but i am really in need and urgent to show content when we click to the tab..

    In my case when tab is clicked, I have to show a complete grid view of magento..

    Please please respnse me ASAP.

    Thanks in advance

  7. Hi thanks for this article. I’ve tried this and recieved and error
    a:5:{i:0;s:24:”Wrong tab configuration.”;i:1;s:1952:”#0 [internal function]: Mage_Adminhtml_Block_Widget_Tabs->addTab(‘module_tab’, ‘module/adminhtml_c…’)
    I’m running Magento CE
    Can you help me how to do it in this version?
    Thank you so much 🙂

    • Hello,

      To add the tab, your Block has to implement Mage_Adminhtml_Block_Widget_Tab_Interface and override the all the functions that I mentioned in this tutorial. Please try it again. Hope you success!

  8. Hi, nice quick and easy tutorial.
    Just, when we have our new tab, how and where do me put a Varien_Data_Form in the content ?

    Thanks a lot if you help me.

  9. found it, sry for asking, was working on it for 3 days.
    Solution : create the varian_data_form in the _prepareForm() but the class must extend Mage_Adminhtml_Block_Widget_Form instead of Mage_Core_Block_Template. Am I right ?
    It’s so obvious now I have it in front of my eyes …

    • Hello Smoi,
      Thanks for your comment. I think your block needs to extend Mage_Adminhtml_Block_Widget_Form implements Mage_Adminhtml_Block_Widget_Tab_Interface
      and create Varien_Data_Form in _prepareForm() method.
      Tell me if you have any other questions. 😉

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