Magento Database

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Magento Database Diagrams 1.0.x & 1.1.x

Sample Magento Database Diagram sample database diagram

Full-size Magento database diagrams can be downloaded here.

The Magento "EAV" Data Model

A short note regarding Magento database design: For purposes of flexibility, the Magento database heavily utilizes an Entity-Attribute-Value (EAV) data model. As is often the case, the cost of flexibility is complexity - Magento is no exception. The process of manipulating data in Magento is often more “involved” than that typically experienced using traditional relational tables. Therefore, an understanding of EAV principles and how they have been modeled into Magento it is HIGHLY recommended before making changes to the Magento data or the Magento schema (Wikipedia: Entity-attribute-value_model). Varian has simplified the identification of EAV related tables with consistent naming conventions. Core EAV tables are prefixed with “EAV_”. Diagrams in this post contain a section labeled “EAV” which displays Magento’s core EAV tables and thier relationships to non-EAV tables.

Diagram Scope

Database diagrams and documents found in this post are intended to mirror the database schema as defined by Varien. Table relationships depicted in the diagrams represent only those relationships explicitly defined as Foreign Keys in the Magento database. Additional informal/undiagrammed table relationships may also exist, so when modifying the schema or directly manipulating data it is important to identify and evaluate possible changes to these tables as well (and the tables they relate to, and the tables they relate to...).

Diagram Format

The database diagram is a searchable PDF document. Table and column objects can be located within a diagram using Acrobat’s search capabilities.

Diagram Printing

If you choose to print the database diagram it is recommended you do so across multiple pages. The number of pages will depend on the level of detail required and the quality of your printer.

A general guideline for setting the print scale in Adobe Acrobat:

To see text at the TABLE level requires 2×2 pages or greater (approx scale 45%)

To see text at the COLUMN level requires 4×4 pages or greater (approx scale 85%)

Printing across multiple pages(based on Acrobat 8.1 Pro - options may vary by version):

  1. Open Acrobat print dialog
  2. Select a printer
  3. Locate the Page Scaling option and select “Tile all pages”
  4. Locate the Tile Scale value and set your desired value (see above)
  5. Locate the Overlap value and enter a value of 10 (optional)

I recommend printing the first page to verify you can see what you need to see before printing the entire document.

Magento Database Downloads

Database Diagram Files for Magento v1.0, v1.0.19700, & v1.0.19870 — [Updated 2008_05_01]
File Name File Description
MAGENTO v1.0.19700 - Database Diagram.pdfPDF DB Diagram - Color
MAGENTO v1.0.19700 - Database Diagram_BW.pdfPDF DB Diagram - Black&White
MAGENTO v1.0.19700 - Database Diagram 3×3.pdfPDF DB Diagram - 9 Page Fmt
MAGENTO v1.0.19700 - Database Diagram 4×4.pdfPDF DB Diagram - 16 Page Fmt
MAGENTO v1.0.19700 - Database Objects.xlsDatabase Object Spreadsheet
MAGENTO v1.0.19700 - Database Schema [SpacedFormat].sqlMagento Schema
Database Diagram Files for Magento v1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3, & 1.1.4 — [Updated 2008_07_29]
File Name File Description
MAGENTO v1.1.1 - Database Diagram.pdfPDF DB Diagram - Color
MAGENTO v1.1.1 - Database Schema.sqlMagento Schema SQL
Database Diagram Files for Magento v1.1.5 & v1.1.6 — [Updated 2008_09_17]
File Name File Description
MAGENTO_v1.1.6—Database_Diagram.pdfPDF DB Diagram - Color
Database Diagram Files for Magento v1.1.7 & v1.1.8 — [Updated 2008_12_13]
File Name File Description
MAGENTO_v1.1.8—Database_Diagram.pdfPDF DB Diagram - Color
MAGENTO_v1.1.8—Database_Diagram_BW.pdfPDF DB Diagram - B & W

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