I've tried moving my site and my script to get the Joomla User Information is returning 0 (the guest account) despite being logged in.

The only change I had to make, once moving servers, was the location of the $JRoot folder to match the new server layout.

$temp = str_replace("one_url", "another_url", $temp);
if($_SERVER['SERVER_ADDR'] =='::1') {
    $JRoot = $temp;
} else {
    $JRoot = $temp;
define( '_JEXEC', 1 );
define('JPATH_BASE', $JRoot );
define('JPATH_ROOT', $JRoot );
$defines = $JRoot . "/includes/defines.php";
$framework = $JRoot . "/includes/framework.php";
echo "defines: " . $defines . "<br />";
echo "DS:" . DS  . "<br />";
require_once ($defines);
require_once ($framework);

$mainframe = JFactory::getApplication('site');

function GetJoomUser() {
    $user = JFactory::getUser();
    $JomUser['id'] = $user->id;
    $JomUser['usergroups'] = $user->groups; 
    $JomUser['username'] = $user->username;
    return $JomUser;
function getJoomlaUsername($id) {
    $user = JFactory::getUser($id);
    return $username;

This code is working because I've used file_exists statements (in testing) to assure defines & framework are being found.

When logged in, I can see my User Profile so I know that I'm successfully logged in.

So why is $user printing out the Guest information?

  • Do you only have 1 Joomla site hosted on your new server?
    – Lodder
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 16:29
  • Yes... But since it is being called directly from a browser and pointing specifically to the directory of Joomla shouldn't it not make a difference? I ask because I have another site that will have multiple Joomla installations that will use this code as well. Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 16:31
  • Ok, where is your script located in regards to the Root of your Joomla installation? For example JOOMLA_ROOT/folder/myscript.php
    – Lodder
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 16:33
  • public_html/MyApp/_includes/php/GetJoomUser.php and Joomla_Root is public_html/site.com/cms Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 16:37
  • I just tested while looking at the database table _session. The Guest User is not present until I call this file. Upon call, it is creating the guest login record in _session Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 16:38

2 Answers 2


So I've tried replicating your directory path and I believe you may have set the paths up incorrectly.

The following worked for me:


// Constants
define('_JEXEC', 1);
define('JPATH_BASE', realpath(dirname(__FILE__) . '/../../../site.com/cms'));

// Require
require_once JPATH_BASE .DS.'includes'.DS.'defines.php';
require_once JPATH_BASE .DS.'includes'.DS.'framework.php';

// Application

// Funtions
function GetJoomUser()
    $user = JFactory::getUser();

    $JomUser['id']         = $user->id;
    $JomUser['usergroups'] = $user->groups; 
    $JomUser['username']   = $user->username;

    return $JomUser;

function getJoomlaUsername($id)
    $user = JFactory::getUser($id);

    return $user->get('username');

// Call functions
$GetJoomUser       = GetJoomUser();
$getJoomlaUsername = getJoomlaUsername($GetJoomUser['id']);

// Dump Data

Try replacing all the code in your PHP file with the above code.

It returned the following for me:

array (size=3)
  'id' => string '244' (length=3)
  'usergroups' => 
    array (size=1)
      8 => string '8' (length=1)
  'username' => string 'Lodder' (length=9)

string 'Lodder' (length=9)

On a side note, your GetJoomUser is pointless. There's no need to create a new array of object values when you can simply call each one like so:

  • Actually, I think I found the root cause: Upon initial login, it creates a cookie in Chrome for p3live.com.p3proswing.com (linked to user p3.chuck [my username]). Once the script is run, it creates a second cookie for www.p3live.com (which is linked to a Guest session). So, it would appear it is then reading the p3live.com cookie to get the current user. I imagine it is creating this cookie because it does not find one for www.p3live.com. Now I just need to know who to set it so the cookie is correct Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 16:44
  • JFactory::getUser() get's the user object based on database data, not cookies...I believe
    – Lodder
    Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 17:28

Ok... I solved the problem. It was all based on the new structure and the cookies.

I had to set System->Global Configuration->Cookie Domain to '.p3proswing.com' (as this is were the pages that reference this stored (stored in p3proswing.com/P3Live).

Next I needed to be sure all my menu items are pointed to www.p3proswing.com/P3Live/.... urls.

Then it writes the cookie to www.p3proswing.com and reads from it when the pages call the GetUserInfo3.php file.

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