I am trying to create a plugin to make some database queries from the event onUserAuthorisation. Right now I am just trying to set up a "Hello World" style plugin, because I am not sure yet that my plugin function is even firing correctly. Right now the plugin should just send out an email when a new user gains authorisation.

I can confirm that the joomla emails work for user registration and administration.

Files: autoextranet.php,autoextranet.xml,index.html(empty)



// no direct access
defined('_JEXEC') or die;

class plgUserAutoextranet extends JPlugin
    public function onUserAuthorisation($user, $options)
        $mailer = JFactory::getMailer();
        $config = JFactory::getConfig();

        $sender = array( 
            $config->get( 'mailfrom' ),
            $config->get( 'fromname' )

        $recipient = array( 'email1@gmail.com', 'email2@some.com' );

        $body = "New User: ".$user->username;

        $mailer->setSubject('You got a new user.');




<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<extension version="3.8.2" type="plugin" group="user">
        <author>Tim DeLise</author>
        <creationDate>Nov 14, 2017</creationDate>
        <copyright>Tim D</copyright>
        <license>GNU General Public License</license>
        <authorEmail>your email</authorEmail>
        <authorUrl>your website</authorUrl>
                <filename plugin="autoextranet">autoextranet.php</filename>

The problem now is that I have installed and activated the plugin. When I create and activate a new user, I just get nothing.

Unfortunately I have limited access to the server, and haven't been able to view the PHP error logs. I am looking for some way to confirm that the event is firing my code. Any suggestion is welcome. Also this is the first plugin I am making so maybe there is something wrong with my files.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Joomla Version 3.8.2

  • Are you certain the onUserAuthorisation hook is being called? – David Hayes Nov 15 '17 at 17:14
  • @DavidHayes no, i guess not. I figured it was from the description: The system triggers this event after the user has been authenticated and before he has been signed in the website. I am trying to trigger it by creating a new user and activating then using the email link. – jeffery_the_wind Nov 15 '17 at 20:38
  • I've run into issues before where my hook wasn't called. I would try putting a "echo 'inside'; exit;" right inside the onUserAuthorisation method then try to login just to verify it is called. – David Hayes Nov 15 '17 at 20:41
  • Also, the Joomla docs (docs.joomla.org/Plugin/Events/User) on the onUserAuthorisation method mention this plugin as an example (github.com/ITPrism/Plugin-User-FaceControl). Coincidentally, it implements the exact functionality you are working on. – David Hayes Nov 15 '17 at 20:44

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