In Joomla 3.x I used to create a user object with

$user = clone(JFactory::getUser());

(which I would then bind to an array of data, and then call save() on it), but JFactory::getUser() is deprecated now.

What is the new way of creating a new blank user object?


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Joomla uses this line for creating an empty User object around line 287 in ..\libraries\src\User\User.php

// If the $id is zero, just return an empty User.
// Note: don't cache this user because it'll have a new ID on save!
if ($id === 0) {
    return Factory::getContainer()->get(UserFactoryInterface::class)->loadUserById($id);

You would need to add the appropriate statements for Factory and UserFactoryInterface in your code to get the object from the container by adding 'Use' statements, or use the following:

$user = \Joomla\CMS\Factory::getContainer()->get('user.factory')->loadUserById(0);
  • Terry, I'll leave the acceptance of the edit to you. Jun 3, 2023 at 3:37
  • Good answer Irata, I have not checked this part yet in Joomla 4. However, it shows that Joomla still has design problems or questionable parts. My question would be, when I see this kind of code, why the Container needs a Factory to get an Interface and then a product (in this case, a User object). Sensibly, for me, it should look in the most complicated way, something like: $app->getUserFactoryInterface()->create(User); something of this sort…But anyway, we can always complicate things, and later someone can work on simplifying them…
    – Zollie
    Jun 8, 2023 at 14:16
  • @Zollie I just found that since Joomla 4.2 you can do a simple $this->getCurrentUser() to get the User object by adding a 'use Joomla\CMS\User\CurrentUserTrait;' statement to your class. It is already available in BaseDatabaseModel and HtmlView classes.
    – Irata
    Jun 15, 2023 at 10:09
  • Yes, I have also checked these few days ago and there are few other useful, short approaches too as I saw. So things are moving and improving :)
    – Zollie
    Jun 16, 2023 at 7:48

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