How to configure Special Price in Magento 2 programmatically?

Mai Xuan Truong

Magento 2 special price is essentially a time-framed promotion, in which customers will enjoy a lower price than the base price of the product. It is displayed on both catalog listings and product pages. The regular price is shown as well, for the customer to see the difference.

From Magento 2 settings, you can get the special price configuration in the Advanced Settings of the individual product. In that, you only need to enter the number for the discounted price and the active time to apply. In this blog, we show you  “How to configure Special Price in Magento 2 programmatically?”.

Configure Special Prices in Magento 2 programmatically

Sample code


namespace YourVendor\YourModule\Model;

use Exception;
use Magento\Catalog\Model\Product;
use Magento\Catalog\Api\SpecialPriceInterface;
use Magento\Catalog\Api\Data\SpecialPriceInterfaceFactory;
use Magento\Framework\Stdlib\DateTime\TimezoneInterface;

class UpdateSpecialPrice
     * @var SpecialPriceInterface
    private $specialPrice;

     * @var SpecialPriceInterfaceFactory
    private $specialPriceFactory;
     * @var TimezoneInterface
    protected $timezone;

     * UpdateSpecialPrice constructor.
     * @param SpecialPriceInterface $specialPrice
     * @param SpecialPriceInterfaceFactory $specialPriceFactory
     * @param TimezoneInterface $timezone
    public function __construct(
        SpecialPriceInterface $specialPrice,
        SpecialPriceInterfaceFactory $specialPriceFactory,
        TimezoneInterface $timezone
        $this->specialPrice = $specialPrice;
        $this->specialPriceFactory = $specialPriceFactory;
        $this->timezone = $timezone;

     * @param Product $product
     * @return bool
     * @throws Exception
    public function getSpecialPriceData(Product $product)
        $sku = $product->getSku();
        $storeId = $product->getStoreId();
        $yourSpecialPrice = 10.99; //(float) Special price value
        try {
            $dateFrom = '2021-07-01'; // future date to current date
            $dateTo = '2021-07-25'; // future date to price from

            $specialPriceFrom = $this->timezone->date($dateFrom)->format(\Magento\Framework\Stdlib\DateTime::DATETIME_PHP_FORMAT); //(string) Special price from date value in Y-m-d H:i:s format in UTC
            $specialPriceTo = $this->timezone->date($dateTo)->format(\Magento\Framework\Stdlib\DateTime::DATETIME_PHP_FORMAT); //(string) Special price to date value in Y-m-d H:i:s format in UTC.

            $prices = $this->specialPriceFactory->create();

            $specialProduct = $this->specialPrice->update($prices);
        } catch (Exception $exception) {
            throw new Exception($exception->getMessage());
        return $specialProduct;

Now, let’s understand the purpose of the codes implemented:

  • We use the function update($price) that was implemented in Magento\Catalog\Api\SpecialPriceInterface to add/update special prices for products with SKU.
  • $sku = $product->getSku(): get the SKU of the product that you want to set a special price.
  • $storeId = $product->getStoreId(): get store Id. 
  • $specialPriceFrom = $this->timezone->date($dateFrom _>format(\Magento\Framework\Stdlib\DateTime::DATETIME_PHP_FORMAT) : Format dateFrom value in Y-m-d H:i:s format in UTC.
  • $specialPriceTo = $this->timezone->date($dateTo) _>format(\Magento\Framework\Stdlib\DateTime::DATETIME_PHP_FORMAT): Format datTo  value in Y-m-d H:i:s format in UTC.
  • $this->specialPriceFactory->create(): creates the object of SpecialPriceInterface and set SKU, stored, special price, date from, and date to for the special price.


After that, the result should look like this

Configure Special Price in Magento 2 programmatically

If the result of configuring special prices in Magento 2 programmatically does not come out as expected, there are several steps that people can take to troubleshoot and resolve the issue:

  • Review the code for errors or mistakes.
  • Verify the accuracy and validity of the input data.
  • Check for conflicts with other processes or extensions.
  • Implement logging and debugging techniques to gather more information.
  • Clear the cache and re-index the Magento system.
  • Test the code on a different environment.
  • Seek support from the Magento community.
  • Consult Magento documentation and resources.
  • Engage Magento experts if necessary.


Whenever, we develop any custom module related to Payment, Shipping, Order Related… at that time. If a special price is specified in a product, we must regard the special price as the price of that product instead of the original price. With the examples below, we have covered the basics of configuring special prices in Magento 2 programmatically. If you face any problems, don’t hesitate to discover our dedicated Magento development services.

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