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    Product Families and Categories in Akeneo

    Updated 1 November 2022

    Akeneo PIM is a Product Information Management tool it is free and open-source which basically helps in the fast growth of any eCommerce business.

    PIM centralizes all the information in one place and manages them by this it helps in managing time and cost.

    In this, you can centralize the product information from different sources and then improve the quality and then export the product to different eCommerce channels, POS, and Mobile applications.

    A product family is the collection of attributes that will be the same for all products related to that family. After creating the attribute and attribute group we assign them to a product family.

    Example: When you are going to create a product like Clothes you can make attributes like image, colour, and size. You can assign these attributes to the family.

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    Attribute families

    A product category is the classification of the products. After creating the product we assign a category to the product. You can classify your products into different categories and sub-categories.

    Example: When you are going to create a product, you can assign a category to this product. Assuming you have created a category for clothes then you can assign products in this category and you can also make subcategories like Men, Women, and Kids.


    Difference between Product Family and Category:


    •  A family is a set of attributes to enrich your products.
    • A product will belong to only a single family.


    • Categories are used to classify your products.
    • You can assign several categories to a product.

    Create Product Families in Akeneo

    A product family is a set of attributes that represent the products that are from the same family. While creating a product we add a product to a family it inherits all the attributes present in that family.

    To create a family in Akeneo we have to go to Setting -> Families. Here you have to enter the family code and click on the save button.

    Create a family in Akeneo

    Here you have to fill in some details like the attribute used as the label and as the main picture, Label translation. You will get other options.

    • Attributes
    • Variants
    • History

    Family in Akeneo

    Add Attributes in Product Family:

    You will get two options here to add attributes in the attributes family.

    • Add by Groups – You can add attributes by attribute groups.
    • Add Attributes – you can add attributes created by you from other families.

    Attribute in Family

    After adding attributes in the attributes family we can delete the unnecessary attributes.

    Delete attribute in family

    Create a Family Variant:

    You can add a family variant for variant products in Akeneo. The family variant will allow you to determine the structure of your products with variants.

    Create a family variant

    First, click on the add variant icon the following properties are required to create a family variant.

    • Code – You can add a code to identify the family variant.
    • Label – You can add a product label.
    • Variant levels – You can choose a variant level. You can choose either 1 level or 2 levels.
    • Variant axis level – Variant axis are attributes of the family which identify the variant product in the product model.

    Second, after filling, in the details click on the save button.

    akeneo product families categories

    Third, after making the family variant you can set the attribute for the variant product. You can drag and drop common attributes to variant attributes.

    akeneo product families categories

    Label Translation: In this, you will get different locale options by which you can translate your family variant label code.

    akeneo product families categories

    After clicking on the save button, you can see your variant product label like this.

    Color attribute

    Create Product Categories in akeneo

    Product categories are used to allocate products in a category. You can have one or more than one category and sub-categories in Akeneo. If you create a category it is always a part of the root category.

    You can click on create a new category for creating the category.

    akeneo product families categories

    After it, You have to enter the code and node values of the category.

    akeneo product families categories

    You can also create a sub-category of a category. For it, you have to right-click on the category for which you want to create a sub-category. Enter the sub-category name.

    akeneo product families categories

    After entering the name click on the save button and you can see a sub-category is added to your main category. You can make the chain of categories and sub-categories as you need.

    akeneo product families categories


    If you have any queries please create a support ticket. If you are a retailer, facing issues in handling a large number of products, drop us a line in the comments below.

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