Aug 29, 2018

Magento 2 – Add attributes to mini cart list

Shane Blanford

Recently the team at Orange Collar Media have been working on a custom Magento 2 module for a client that involves modifying the item list in the mini cart. To do this correctly is a bit more involved in Magento 2 than it used to be.

This is due to the mini cart being rendered by the knockout templates. The list of product attributes is built by a function called doGetItemData() located in the file vendor/magento/module-checkout/CustomerData/DefaultItem.php

Quickly looking at this function and it is clear that to get our custom attribute added we need to modify the array being produced.

The correct way to update this array is to create a plugin in our module. However, the doGetItemData()function is not public so we can not intercept this exact function.

Looking at the DefaultItem class we can see that it extends the AbstractItem class. In this class the function getItemData()is a public function and it calls the doGetItemData() function.

This plugin will fire after the getItemData() function and add the custom attribute to the array.



Step 1 — Define the Plugin

In your module di.xml file add the following

<type name="Magento\Checkout\CustomerData\AbstractItem">
    <plugin name="Vendor_Module_DefaultItemPlugin" type="Vendor\Module\Plugin\DefaultItemPlugin" sortOrder="10"  disabled="false" />

So it looks like this

example di.xml file with plugin config added
Example of modification di.xml



Step 2 — Create the Plugin

Create a new plugin class in Vendor\Module\Plugin\DefaultItemPlugin.php


namespace Vendor\Module\Plugin;

class DefaultItemPlugin

    public function afterGetItemData(
        \Magento\Checkout\CustomerData\AbstractItem $subject,
        \Magento\Quote\Model\Quote\Item $item)
        $data['customattribute'] = $item->getProduct()->getAttributeText('customattribute');

        return \array_merge(


It should look like this class

Example of the DefaultItemPlugin class
Example of the DefaultItemPlugin class



Step 3 — Update your template file

Then add this code to your template file.


<! – ko if: customattribute –>
<! – ko text: customattribute –><! – /ko –>
<! – /ko –>

Knockout template theme modification example
Knockout template theme modification example


To get this to work you will need to run

php bin/magento setup:di:compile