Video: Inherit images of subcategory

This video-tutorial shows you how to inherit catalog images from a parent-category in subcategories of Magento. Instead of having to give each subcategory its own image, you can save yourself time by just reusing the parent-category's image if the current category has no image of its own.

Below you can find the sample code used in this video-tutorial. It should be placed in your copy of app/design/frontend/enterprise/template/catalog/category/view.phtml.

$_helper = $this->helper('catalog/output');
$_category = $this->getCurrentCategory();
$_imgHtml = '';
$_imgUrl = $_category->getImageUrl();

if (!$_imgUrl) {
    foreach (array_reverse($_category->getParentIds()) as $id) {
        if ($_imgUrl = Mage::getModel('catalog/category')->load($id)->getImageUrl()) {

if ($_imgUrl) {
    $_imgHtml = '<img src="'.$_imgUrl.'" alt="'.$this->htmlEscape($_category->getName()).'" title="'.$this->htmlEscape($_category->getName()).'" class="category-image" />';
    $_imgHtml = $_helper->categoryAttribute($_category, $_imgHtml, 'image');