Magento 2 Tutorial: Create Configurable Product From Existing Simple Products

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Can you create a new configurable product from existing simple products in Magento 2? The answer is YES!

In this article, we will show you a detailed tutorial to help you do it.

Let’s go!

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Magento 2 Configurable Product

Configurable products are considered the most popular kind of products in Magento 2. 

A configurable product is a simple product with a drop-down list of each variation.


Since each child product of configurable products is actually a separate simple product with a unique SKU, it’s easier to track inventory for each product variation.

Magento 2 Create Configurable Product From Existing Simple Products

In this section, we will show you how to assign an existing simple product to a configurable product in Magento 2.

For example, you already have many different types of Sprite Stasis Balls in different sizes and colors as simple products in your store. And now, you want to create a configurable product for them.


First, you need to create a new Magento 2 configurable product.

Go to Catalog > Products.

In the Add Product dropdown, choose Configurable Product.


On the New Product page, fill in the information about your configurable product.


Then scroll down to the Configurations section, and click Create Configurations button.

Note: In Magento 2, you need to first use the Create configurations tool to create the simple products to associate, then you can add your existing simple products manually.

A Create Product Configurations window will appear. You need to finish these 4 steps.

In step 1, choose only 1 attribute code, it doesn’t matter which one. Then click Next.

In step 2, choose only 1 attribute value, it doesn’t matter which one. Then click Next.

In step 3, keep all three options as Skip as default. Then click Next.

In step 4, click the Generate Product button.

After done, you will see 1 child product for the new configuration product. And most importantly, the Add Products Manually option has appeared.

Remove the child product you just created, then click Add Products Manually.

A Select Associated Product window will appear. Here you can tick any of your existing simple products to assign to your new configuration product.

Then click Done.

And that’s done!

Best Solution To Enhance Magento 2 Configurable Product

Even though configurable product is the best type of product in Magento, it’s still has many limitations. For example, the default display of Magento 2 configurable product is so dull and not user friendly enough.

So hereby we want to introduce you to the best solution for it:

Magento 2 Simple Details on Configurable Product


This extension helps Magento shop owners simplify their configurable products’ appearance.

It allows displaying details of all children items on one page. Customers can easily find the child product based on colors, sizes, and other attributes.

Moreover, when a customer choose a child product, the selected child product image will be displayed.

The module also enables showing child products on the Dynamic Category/Product Listing Page with a review swatch.


In this article, we have shown you a full guide on Magento 2 create configurable product from existing simple products.

We hope this blog is helpful and good luck to you!

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