An examplary implementation of Sentry in Kohana

0.9 2013-11-05 09:18 UTC


Sentry can be used for user authentication and authorisation.

This module shows you how you could implement sentry in your Kohana application.

What's included:

  • User registration
  • User login (with optional remember and login throttler) logout
  • Activation
  • Reset password
  • Groups
  • Permissions

Permissions, however still need to be implemented and tested in S4K


I'm making use of Goyote's Hint module, you'll have to add this as a repository to your composer.json file in your DOCROOT since he hasn't packaged it for composer.

composer.json file

  "repositories": [
            "type": "package",
            "package": {
                "name": "goyote/hint",
                "version": "1.0",
                "source": {
                    "url": "",
                    "type": "git",
                    "reference": "master"
    "require": {
        "cartalyst/sentry": "2.*",
        "ircmaxell/password-compat": "1.0.*",
        "happydemon/s4k": "0.5",
        "goyote/hint": "1.0"
    "minimum-stability": "dev"

Run composer update

Next up open APPATH.bootstrap.php and add S4K, elements, arr, txt and hint to your modules (make sure Database and ORM are activated too)

  's4k'     => MODPATH.'s4k',   // S4K module, examplory implementation of Sentry
  'txt'     => MODPATH.'txt',   // Extra text helpers (used by Sentry)
  'arr'     => MODPATH.'arr',   // Extra Arr helpers (used for groups)
  'elements'    => MODPATH.'elements',  // Navigation element manager
  'hint'    => MODPATH.'hint',  // Flash message manager
  'database'    => MODPATH.'database',  // Database access
  'orm'     => MODPATH.'orm',   // Object Relationship Mapping

Right under that we'll put the code to alias some Sentry classes

 * Setup Sentry
class_alias('\Cartalyst\Sentry\Facades\Kohana\Sentry', 'Sentry');

Alright, we're nearly up and running, all we need to do is run an SQL dump in phpMyAdmin, you can find it under DOCROOT/vendor/cartalyst/schema/mysql.sql

If you run Kohana on your localhost in the dir 'kohana', go and visit http://localhost/kohana/S4K to see the running examples.

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