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Redirect Simple Products to their Configurable Parent with Attributes Pre-selected in Magento 2

About two years ago I wrote a tutorial on how to redirect simple products to their configurable parents with pre-selected attributes in Magento 1.9.x. Shortly after that Magento 2 was released and I’ve received some requests on how to do the same in the new version.

In this post I will explain to you how to build a module that will redirect simple products to their configurable parent product with automatically pre-selected configurable attributes.

Building a Basic Magento 2 Module

First we need to create the basic files and folders necessary for the module to be recognized by Magento 2.

  1. Create the file /app/code/DaanvdB/RedirectSimpleProducts/registration.php and add the following snippet of code to it:
    view raw registration.php hosted with ❤ by GitHub
  2. Create the file /app/code/DaanvdB/RedirectSimpleProducts/etc/module.xml and add the following code to it:
    <?xml version="1.0"?>
    <config xmlns:xsi="" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:Module/etc/module.xsd">
    <module name="DaanvdB_RedirectSimpleProducts" setup_version="1.0.0" />
    view raw module.xml hosted with ❤ by GitHub

Run php bin/magento setup:upgrade from your terminal so Magento 2 will update and add your new module to its configuration.

Redirecting Simple Products to their Configurable Parent using an Observer

In order to redirect simple products to their configurable parent, we need to create an observer that hooks into an event which is triggered before the catalog_product_view is requested. The best event for this observer is controller_action_predispatch_catalog_product_view.

First we create our custom Observer-class in /app/code/DaanvdB/RedirectSimpleProducts/Observer/Predispatch.php and add the following code (inspired by StackOverflow):

namespace DaanvdB\RedirectSimpleProducts\Observer;
use Magento\Framework\Event\Observer;
use Magento\Framework\Event\ObserverInterface;
class Predispatch implements ObserverInterface {
protected $_redirect;
protected $_productTypeConfigurable;
protected $_productRepository;
protected $_storeManager;
public function __construct (
\Magento\Framework\App\Response\Http $redirect,
\Magento\ConfigurableProduct\Model\ResourceModel\Product\Type\Configurable $productTypeConfigurable,
\Magento\Catalog\Model\ProductRepository $productRepository,
\Magento\Store\Model\StoreManagerInterface $storeManager
) {
$this->_redirect = $redirect;
$this->_productTypeConfigurable = $productTypeConfigurable;
$this->_productRepository = $productRepository;
$this->_storeManager = $storeManager;
public function execute(Observer $observer)
$pathInfo = $observer->getEvent()->getRequest()->getPathInfo();
/** If it's not a product view we don't need to do anything. */
if (strpos($pathInfo, 'product') === false) {
$request = $observer->getEvent()->getRequest();
$simpleProductId = $request->getParam('id');
if (!$simpleProductId) {
$simpleProduct = $this->_productRepository->getById($simpleProductId, false, $this->_storeManager->getStore()->getId());
if (!$simpleProduct || $simpleProduct->getTypeId() != \Magento\Catalog\Model\Product\Type::TYPE_SIMPLE) {
$configProductId = $this->_productTypeConfigurable->getParentIdsByChild($simpleProductId);
if (isset($configProductId[0])) {
$configProduct = $this->_productRepository->getById($configProductId[0], false, $this->_storeManager->getStore()->getId());
$configType = $configProduct->getTypeInstance();
$attributes = $configType->getConfigurableAttributesAsArray($configProduct);
$options = [];
foreach ($attributes as $attribute) {
$id = $attribute['attribute_id'];
$value = $simpleProduct->getData($attribute['attribute_code']);
$options[$id] = $value;
$options = http_build_query($options);
$hash = $options ? '#' . $options : '';
$configProductUrl = $configProduct->getUrlModel()
->getUrl($configProduct) . $hash;
$this->_redirect->setRedirect($configProductUrl, 301);
view raw Predispatch.php hosted with ❤ by GitHub

The Observer we just created takes care of the entire process:

  1. At first it checks if we’re on a catalog_product_view-page,
  2. Then it checks if the current requests is a simple product,
  3. If so, it finds it’s corresponding configurable parent and loads all available configurable attributes,
  4. Then it takes the values for each configurable attribute from the simple product’s properties and builds an options array with them,
  5. With this array it builds a query using Magento 2’s integrated URL parsing functionality.
  6. The created query is appended to the configurable products’ URL-key and a Redirect is set.

Adding the Observer-class to an event

To trigger our custom Observer when the earlier mentioned event is triggered, we need to create a file called events.xml.

Create the file /app/code/DaanvdB/RedirectSimpleProducts/etc/events.xml:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<config xmlns:xsi="" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:Event/etc/events.xsd">
<event name="controller_action_predispatch_catalog_product_view">
<observer name="daanvdb_redirectsimple_products_observer_predispatch" instance="DaanvdB\RedirectSimpleProducts\Observer\Predispatch"/>
view raw events.xml hosted with ❤ by GitHub

The events.xml takes care of triggering our custom observer whenever the controller_action_predispatch_catalog_product_view is called.

That’s it! It is this simple to create a module that redirects simple products to their configurable parent product with pre-selected configurable attributes. Make sure you empty your cache (php bin/magento cache:flush) after you’ve copied the files to your site. Enjoy!

Daan van den Bergh

Magento 2 Back-end Developer with a passion for trainlifting, airplane-gliding, hunting trees and creating fake hobbies.

6 thoughts to “Redirect Simple Products to their Configurable Parent with Attributes Pre-selected in Magento 2”

    1. Thank you for your donation, Alex! 🙂

      That’s an interesting question! However, I do think this will make the module much more extensive. If it’s for SEO purpose, I’d suggest you rewrite the canonical URL to the single product’s URL.

      If you’re interested, I could write a tutorial soon on how to do this.

      1. Hi,

        First, Great tutorial ! It will certainly help managing interaction between simple product and configurable.

        Can you please explain why rewriting canonical URL in configurable will help for SEO?

        Don’t you think it will create duplicate contents?

        Best regards,


  1. Hello Daan,
    Your code works great but it did not update the image of selected options ,it always loads
    main configurable product image.
    Can you help me in this.


    Ram Singh

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