I have a userId - $uid.

I wanted to make this user as logged in to the s/m in joomla.

I've tried this -

$currentUser = new JUser($uid);

$mainframe = JFactory::getApplication('site');
$credentials = array();
$credentials['username'] = $currentUser->username;
$credentials['password'] = $currentUser->password; //this is the hashed password

//perform the login action

$newuser = JFactory::getUser(); //this doesn't get updated to the new user ($uid) details

How can I make the user as the current user by using the uid itself?

Update: I just found that user can be loaded with JUser::load()

Trial 2-

$user = JUser::getInstance($uid);
$user->load($uid); //this should load the new user.

$newuser = JFactory::getUser(); //still i get the anonymous details here 
            //($newuser->id = 0)

As there is wp_set_current_user($uid); for wordpress user_load_by_name() in drupal, is there any similar function for joomla ? Please help.!!!


  • Note - If I add the hardcoded password to $credentials['password'], it works. But I can't hardcode it, can i get the unhashed passwd from the hashed one? – jitendrapurohit Feb 22 '16 at 13:10
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    It is a little bit vague what you are trying to accomplish. Can you explain your workflow a little bit better? Are you trying to have a default logged in use? Do your users log in to your site using a login form? Can you tell us what "s/m" is? – Terry Carter Feb 22 '16 at 16:21
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    cross-posted on stackoverflow.com stackoverflow.com/questions/35554014/… – Joomler Feb 22 '16 at 18:51
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    Pass the username and password, form token to the com_users login controller then and let Joomla "login" the user for you. Using this method you will essentially be logging in the user without actually filling out a form. – Terry Carter Feb 23 '16 at 17:32
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    See this post stackoverflow.com/questions/2075335/… It is almost a duplicate of yours, it just needs to be updated to use JInput instead of JRequest – Terry Carter Feb 23 '16 at 17:36

You can simply do this by using a core plugin...

//Will obtain user object - what the question author needed.
$user = JFactory::getUser($uid);

//Will authorize you as this user.
$options = array();
$options['action'] = 'core.login.site';
$response->username = $user->username;
$result = $app->triggerEvent('onUserLogin', array((array)$response, $options));
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    Not sure if you can really login user this way, but I believe that first line of code is the answer that was issued. You might need to create custom plugin to login user without password. – Alexandr May 24 '16 at 20:16
  • Sure you can login with this, I have tested – Anant Dec 13 '17 at 15:34

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