Useful Code Snippets

In this blog, i will share some advanced useful code snippets which come into use when developing custom modules

Create Order

Below is the php code to create an order in magento. It requires a valid customer account with shipping and billing address setup.

$id=1; // get Customer Id
$customer = Mage::getModel('customer/customer')->load($id);

$transaction = Mage::getModel('core/resource_transaction');
$storeId = $customer->getStoreId();
$reservedOrderId = Mage::getSingleton('eav/config')->getEntityType('order')->fetchNewIncrementId($storeId);

$order = Mage::getModel('sales/order')
//Set your store currency USD or any other

// set Customer data

// set Billing Address
$billing = $customer->getDefaultBillingAddress();
$billingAddress = Mage::getModel('sales/order_address')

$shipping = $customer->getDefaultShippingAddress();
$shippingAddress = Mage::getModel('sales/order_address')

/*some error i am getting here need to solve further*/

//you can set your payment method name here as per your need
$orderPayment = Mage::getModel('sales/order_payment')
->setPo_number(' – ');

// let say, we have 1 product
//check that your products exists
//need to add code for configurable products if any
$subTotal = 0;
$products = array(
    '1' => array(
    'qty' => 2

foreach ($products as $productId=>$product) {
$_product = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->load($productId);
$rowTotal = $_product->getPrice() * $product['qty'];
$orderItem = Mage::getModel('sales/order_item')

$subTotal += $rowTotal;


$transaction->addCommitCallback(array($order, 'place'));
$transaction->addCommitCallback(array($order, 'save'));

Creating Customer

Below is a php code to create a customer account in magento.

$customer = Mage::getModel('customer/customer');
$password = 'test1234';
$email = '';
if(!$customer->getId()) {
	$groups = Mage::getResourceModel('customer/group_collection')->getData();
	$groupID = '3';

	$customer->setData( 'group_id', $groupID );


	echo $customer->getId();

Creating Invoice

Below is a php code to create invoice for an order in magento.

$order = Mage::getModel('sales/order')->loadByIncrementId('100000001');
try {
Mage::throwException(Mage::helper('core')->__('Cannot create an invoice.'));
$invoice = Mage::getModel('sales/service_order', $order)->prepareInvoice();
if (!$invoice->getTotalQty()) {
Mage::throwException(Mage::helper('core')->__('Cannot create an invoice without products.'));
//Or you can use 
$transactionSave = Mage::getModel('core/resource_transaction')
catch (Mage_Core_Exception $e) {

Create Shipment

Below is a php code to create a shipment for an order in magento.

$order = Mage::getModel('sales/order')->loadByIncrementId('100000001');
try {
	if($order->canShip()) {
		//Create shipment
		$shipmentid = Mage::getModel('sales/order_shipment_api')
						->create($order->getIncrementId(), array());
		//Add tracking information
		$ship = Mage::getModel('sales/order_shipment_api')
						->addTrack($order->getIncrementId(), array());		
}catch (Mage_Core_Exception $e) {

Creating Credit Memo

Below is a php code to create a credit memo for an order in magento.

$order = Mage::getModel('sales/order')->load('100000001', 'increment_id');
        if (!$order->getId()) {
        if (!$order->canCreditmemo()) {
        $data = array();

        $service = Mage::getModel('sales/service_order', $order);
        $creditmemo = $service->prepareCreditmemo($data);

        // refund to Store Credit
        if ($refundToStoreCreditAmount) {
            // check if refund to Store Credit is available
            if ($order->getCustomerIsGuest()) {
            $refundToStoreCreditAmount = max(
                min($creditmemo->getBaseCustomerBalanceReturnMax(), $refundToStoreCreditAmount)
            if ($refundToStoreCreditAmount) {
                $refundToStoreCreditAmount = $creditmemo->getStore()->roundPrice($refundToStoreCreditAmount);
                $refundToStoreCreditAmount = $creditmemo->getStore()->roundPrice(
                // this field can be used by customer balance observer
                // setting flag to make actual refund to customer balance after credit memo save
        // add comment to creditmemo
        if (!empty($comment)) {
            $creditmemo->addComment($comment, $notifyCustomer);
        try {
            // send email notification
            $creditmemo->sendEmail($notifyCustomer, ($includeComment ? $comment : ''));
        } catch (Mage_Core_Exception $e) {
            $this->_fault('data_invalid', $e->getMessage());
        echo $creditmemo->getIncrementId();
These are only few code snippets. If you need any more additional code snippets let me know i will add them or you can your self submit more code snippets and i will publish them.
  • Magento Modules

    Thanks, any code to override default price for magento

  • redesigned


    Thank you so much for your wonderful posts, they are very helpful.

    Question: How would one add a country and region select to admin form, ideally where the region list updates dynamically when a country country is selected?

    I’m trying to allow admins to edit and enter new customer addresses in a module i’m creating.
    Any tips?


  • web design india

    you! This is something I needed to learn right now.

  • Shawn

    Hi Manish,

    I love your webste very much as well as the url rewrite,

    currently, i’m using zend framework to build my own blog, the thing bothers me very much is i want the same url as yours instead of,

    how can I do it in zend? Not magento, apprecite if you could help me out.

  • Mont

    How do you remove a customer incl his address(es)?

  • gaurav

    how to use these code and where to use i.e means page or folder

  • Humayun Chaudhary

    How can i create partial create memo? i.e. if total order value is £50 and I want to create a credit memo of £10. In the above code, even if I set the $refundToStoreCreditAmount = 10; it still refunds the full amount. Any idea how to refund partially?

  • Manish Prakash

    Hi Steve,
    Yes that’s possible.

  • Nitin Pant

    Hi Manish, Can you please help me on this?

    I am trying to calculate shipping price based on dimensions,
    post code and type of parcel(regular/express). I am able to calculate
    that using AUSPOST api but the problem is to save the shipping rate
    outside of the collectRates method in magento. If I do this…

    $result = Mage::getModel(‘shipping/rate_result’);

    $method = Mage::getModel(‘shipping/rate_result_method’);

    It does not work because the $result has to be saved in the quote. What can I do?

  • posh webdevelopment

    Thanks to share the useful snippets code..

  • dave

    useful and easy code snipped would be one to produce a COMPLETE address (might even be worth overriding tostring in Mage_Sales_Model_Order_Address) – I don’t get why it isn’t there already tbh. Sure it only takes two or three minutes to write one but it’s an irritating omission from magento imo

  • gurjit

    Hi Manish,

    Do you have any idea how we can implement manage taxes with create custom order?


  • Omi

    Exellent thank you soo much for this great help!