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Allows a user to impersonate another user.

v1.0.2 2018-05-21 18:12 UTC

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Allow a user to impersonate another user.



Require this package with composer:

composer require christhompsontldr/impersonate

Service Provider

After updating composer, add the ServiceProvider to the providers array in config/app.php

Laravel 5.4 or below:


Laravel 5.5 or above will auto discover the needed service provider.


This will apply a trait to the user model configured in config/auth.php. setup runs both the add-trait and publish commands.

php artisan impersonate:setup

This will run two commands (which can be run independently):

php artisan impersonate:add-trait
php artisan impersonate:publish

publish publishes the config and add-trait applies a trait to the user model.

Access Control

You must complete this step, or none of your users will have permission to impersonate.

The authorized users that can impersonate and which users they can impersonate is controlled via the trait. This can be overloaded on your user model

In this example, the user model has an is_admin attribute that is being checked.

public function canImpersonate($id)
    return $this->is_admin ?: false;

Or if you are using Laratrust

public function canImpersonate($id)
    return $this->hasRole('admin');


Log out will be performed on both the main user and the impersonated user.


This package is based off an this example.