System Attributes

Learn about the standard Plytix attributes

In this article, we will go over each of the 12 System Attributes including what type of attribute they are and how you can use them. 


ℹ️ System attributes are included by default in Plytix. They cannot be renamed or deleted from the PIM. You can always create additional custom attributes


What are System Attributes?

System attributes are attributes that are by default included in Plytix. As you can see below, System Attributes are easily identified by the purple "SYS" before the attribute name. 

system attirbutes




This is the unique identifier of all your products and is used as such for imports, exports, and lookups. 

Type: Short Text

ℹ️  This is the only field that is required for all products in the PIM. 

⚠️  The SKU must be unique to a product (no two products can have the same SKU). 

⚠️ SKUs are case sensitive 

⚠️ SKUs can have a maximum of 100 characters

💡 If you ever need to filter out a list of multiple SKUs you can simply apply a filter saying "SKU contains any of" and insert these SKUs (this can even be done via copy and paste from a file). This filtering option allows you to filter out up to 100 SKUs at a time. 





This is a short-text identifier for your products. This shows in the individual product pages. 

Type: Short Text


💡 A Label makes it easier to identify your products in places like our import logs. 

💡Make your Label include important keywords to help you find items faster when searching in Plytix



When you input values in this attribute, it will automatically identify the product as a parent product. The attribute should contain the SKU's of the variations of the parent product. 

Type: A special type of short text attribute


SYS Variations

As you can see in the image above, Product 1001 has many variations. 

By inserting values into the "Variations" attribute you are telling the system two things: 

1. Product 1001 is a Parent product

2. The SKUs in the "Variations" attribute are the child products, or variations, of 1001. 


⚠️  This attribute only accepts SKUs as values. 


Variation of 

When you input values in this attribute, it will automatically identify the product as a child or variation of another product. The attribute can only contain one SKU which corresponds to the parent product. 

Type: A special type of short text attribute


SYS Variation of

As you can see in this image, the product with SKU 1001B is a variation of the product with SKU 1001.

By inserting 1001 into the "Variation of" attribute you are telling the system 2 things: 

1. Product 1001B is a variation.

2. Product 1001 is the parent product. 


ℹ️ Variations cannot have multiple parents. Therefore, this attribute can only contain ONE SKU



This is a unique identifier for your Global Trade Number. This can be an EAN, UPC, JAN...etc. This system attribute also identifies your products when enabling data sharing with Google Analytics.

Type: Short Text


⚠️  The GTIN must also be unique to each product. 

⚠️  This attribute will ONLY accept valid GTIN formats between 8 and 14 characters



This is the "featured image" that will appear around the Plytix platform as the visual identifier of your product. You can create other Media (Single) attributes in Settings. 

Type: Media Single

ℹ️  This attribute allows for only one output (image).



    This attribute creates category trees. You can assign your product to many categories at a time and categories can be 6 levels deep. Learn how to create categories here.

    Type: A hierarchical multi-select attribute


    💡 Categories are a great way to organize your products in your Brand Portals



    This attribute lists ALL the files (assets) you have linked to a particular product. It is the only attribute of its kind.

    Type: Media Summary


    ℹ️  When exporting with Channels or creating Catalogs, it is best practice to set up other Media attributes to ensure the right files are shown. 


      Last Modification

      This attribute shows the last time a product was edited. 

      Type: Date


      ℹ️  This date will be updated automatically anytime a product is edited. It cannot be changed or deleted. 



      This attribute shows the date of when your product was created. 

      Type: Date


      ℹ️  This is automatically added by the system and cannot be changed or deleted. 



      This attribute lets the user set the product as "Complete" or "Draft". 

      Type: Dropdown


      💡 Learn more about the status attribute and how to set the status of products on import 


      This attribute allows you to assign products to a group of similar products that all contain the same attributes. 

      Type: Dropdown


      ℹ️ Products can only be assigned to one family. Attributes that are not included in a family will still be displayed on a product that has them, but they cannot be edited. 


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