Recently I stumped upon this question Removing a property that no longer exists in the code (optimizely.com) . it’s a valid (and even good) question. It is easy to add a new property to your catalog content type – you can simply add a new property to the model, build and start the site. However the opposite is not easy. In Commerce 14 at least.
A property for the strongly typed content type, is actually mapped and backed by a
MetaField in MetaDataPlus system (of course unless you specifically tell it not to, by using
IgnoreMetaDataPlusSynchronization attribute). When you add a new property to your content type, build and start your site, your content type is scanned and metafields will be created if necessary. However, if you delete a property from your content type, the scanner will just leave the metafield there. There are a few reasons for that. Firstly, it allows loosely typed content type, i.e. content types with none, or only a few property defined. If you have used some kind of external PIM, you’ll understand why it is important. Lastly, because the property can be mapped with a metafield of different name, the scanner might have trouble figuring out which metafield to delete. All in all, keeping the metafields is the sensible (if not the right) choice.
Then what to do if you want to delete the property and also clean up the metafield? With Commerce 13 and earlier, you can detach a
MetaField from its
MetaClass(s), then delete it using Commerce Manager. With the dead of CM in Commerce 13, what is your option?
By using code, of course. There are a few APIs – namely
MetaClass that can be used for that purpose. Note that there are two
MetaClass, and only the ones in
Mediachase.MetaDataPlus.Configurator namespace are what we want (the others are for Business Foundation)
Enough for chit chat, this is the code that you would need to run
private void DeleteMetaField(string metafieldName)
var metaField = MetaField.Load(CatalogContext.MetaDataContext, metafieldName);
if (metaField == null)
foreach (int metaClassId in metaField.OwnerMetaClassIdList)
var metaClass = MetaClass.Load(CatalogContext.MetaDataContext, metaClassId);
if (metaClass == null)
It is pretty straightforward. We load the
MetaField by its name, if it is not null, then we remove it from all
MetaClass that are using it, then eventually delete it.
In beginning of this post we mentioned strongly typed content type, but note that order system also uses the same metaclass/metafield system, so this code can be used for them as well.
This piece of code can be used in an admin-privilege controller to delete metafields on demand. Until Commerce 14 allows you to do it with a proper UI.