Not too much else to add to the question really, I'm trying to redirect a specific user group to a specific area after they log in to the administrator back-end, but I'm not sure if this is possible.

While somewhat of a separate goal, I also want to hide the admin menu.

  • Have you tried looking on the Joomla Extensions Directory? Maybe this might help: extensions.joomla.org/profile/extension/access-a-security/…
    – Lodder
    Apr 15 '15 at 14:42
  • Preferably the solution would be free, at least at all if it's possible. I've been looking in various places including many Google searches.
    – Merlin
    Apr 15 '15 at 14:44
  • Lodder, i was already create (and installed of course) a plugin (named 'RedireccionarAdministrativo'), exactly as you said, but it doesn't work. First of all, the system respond: "Call to undefined method plgAuthenticationRedireccionarAdministrativo::onUserAuthenticate()" after login. Secon of all, i'v changed the name of the method to "onUserAuthenticate", runs, but do not redirect. Can you help me, please? Thanks a lot.
    Sep 25 '17 at 1:18
  • @BENKENOBI - Please create a new question so other users can see it aswell. Thank you
    – Lodder
    Apr 18 '19 at 9:24

You could create a small plugin to perform the redirect. Here's something I've quickly mocked up:

class plgSystemMYPLUGIN extends JPlugin

    public function onUserAfterLogin()
        $app = JFactory::getApplication();

        if ($app->isAdmin()) 
            $user   = JFactory::getUser();
            $groups = $user->get('groups');

            $groups_to_redirect = array('13', '10');

            if (in_array($groups[0], $groups_to_redirect))
                $url = JRoute::_('index.php?option=com_hellowworld');


I've used 10 and 13 as example user group ID's, so you would have to change them to whatever suits your needs.

Please also note I haven't tested this, but hope it points you in the right direction

  • Works great! Just a small addition, a user can belong to multiple groups. Moreover, the group array is indexed by key (Joomla 3.8+). Therefore, this would work better: if ( !empty(array_intersect($groups, $groups_to_redirect)) )
    – Andreas
    Apr 18 '19 at 7:03

How about that extension? I'd used it before when i needed to redirect users to specified direction :


  • 1
    This is an extremely big extension just to perform a simple redirect on admin login. Have you not found any simple and small alternatives?
    – Lodder
    Apr 15 '15 at 15:05

Its Just short cut method in 3.x

Open Path in Joomla plugins\authentication\cookie\cookie.php

In function onUserAfterLogin($options),

        $user   = JFactory::getUser();
        $groups = $user->get('groups');

            if(in_array(10, $groups)) 
             $url = JRoute::_('index.php?option=com_students');
  • Changing the core files of any updateable system is NOT recommended.
    – Farahmand
    Jul 15 '16 at 7:17
  • Its just work around method. Invoke function call. Jul 26 '16 at 16:46

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