A user management module collection for the yii framework

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A user management module collection for the yii framework >= 1.1.14

Hint: For Yii2 i highly suggest the dektrium/yii2-user module: .


  • Demo Project (
  • Installer (will probably be replaced with migrations)
  • User Administration
  • Role Administration
  • Hybrid auth is bundled and can easily be integrated, see user/docs/hybridauth.txt.
  • All providers of hybrid auth and hybrid auth extra package are integrated: AOL, Google,, Plurk, Tumblr, Yahoo, Disqus, Identica, Murmur, px500, TwitchTV, Yandex, Facebook, Instagram, MySpace, QQ, Twitter, Foursquare, LastFM, Odnoklassniki, Sina, Viadeo, GitHub, LinkedIn, OpenID, Skyrock, Vimeo, Goodreads, Live, Pixnet, Steam, Vkontakte
  • Permission System with a mixture of RBAC and ACL (see user/docs)
  • Profiles & Profile history & Profile Comments & Profile Fields Administration
  • Messaging System (send/receive Messages between Users) Submodule
  • User groups (user can add new groups, other users can join)
  • User Avatar upload
  • User Registration
  • Password Recovery
  • Friendship system
  • Mailing component (users can choose which messages he gets by email)
  • Base Language: English
  • Complete Translations to german, french
  • Almost complete Translation to spain thanks to
  • Incomplete Translations to russian and polish

Usage with demo application:

Starting from 0.9, a demo application is available here:

Installation using composer:

  • Add yii user management to your project requirements:
php composer.phar require thyseus/yii-user-management
  • Add the vendor folder to the aliases in your yii configuration:
    'aliases' => array(
      'vendor' => '/path/to/vendor',

Manual Installation Instructions:

  • The Yii User Management Module needs a mysql Database Connection to work.

  • Clone the package into your projects modules/ directory:

$ cd protected/modules
$ git clone
  • The Yii-user-management module contains submodules that you just extracted into your application's modules/user directory. You can remove all submodules you do not need. Move the files one folder up so they are inside your modules/ folder:
$ mv user/* .
(optional: remove demo application)
$ rm -rf index.php composer.json hybridauth.php controllers views

$ [youreditor] protected/config/main.php

Add these lines:

'modules' => array(
    'user' => array(
      'debug' => true,

The debug option is needed for the installation and is helpful during development. It should be set to false when running in production.

  • To let your Web Application use the Authentification Methods of the User Management Module, we need to overwrite the default CWebUser Component with YumWebUser in your Application Configuration:
        'class' => 'application.modules.user.components.YumWebUser',
        'loginUrl' => array('//user/user/login'),


This tells our Web Application that is can access the Model 'User' even when not in the modules/user environment. This is needed for calling User::hasRole($role) in your Code to check if the logged in User belongs to the role. This is explained in the detailed Documentation. It is good to let this line occur as the first included Model, so you can extend the User-Model with your own in your Application models/ Directory if you like.

  • Make sure to set a caching component in your application components section. Yum relies on it. If you do not want to use a cache, add
	'components' => array(
			'cache' => array('class' => 'system.caching.CDummyCache'),

inside the components section of your config/main.php.

Also see about some general information about caching in yii.

  • Run the User Management Installer in your Web-Browser:

http://localhost/testdrive/index.php/user/install or http://localhost/testdrive/index.php?r=user/install

depending on your URL route setup.

  • Now the Installer of the User Management Module should appear. To the right you can set up alternate Table Names used by the Module. In most cases this is not needed and you can keep this Settings. If you do change this, be sure to set up the correct table Names in your Application Configuration, so the User Module can access them.

Click 'Install Module'. After clicking it, the install script will create the database tables needed by the module(s). Then it will show you the neccesary modifications to be made. Add the Modules you need to your Application Configuration as provided by the install script in config/main.php. You can also remove the Yum modules you don't want to use.

  • Congratulations, you have installed the User Management Module! Lets tidy up a little bit:

  • Login as admin/admin and navigate to index.php?r=user/user/admin. This is your user management administration panel. Click on "Administrate your Users" Now you are taken to the default Front-End Login-Screen of the User Management Module. Log in with the Username admin and Password admin.

  • Click on the 'update Icon' (the pencil) of your administrator User. Change the Password to something more safe than 'admin'. Click Save.

  • If you didn't already, remove the 'debug' => 'true' line from your Application Configuration, so your new data can't get overwritten accidentally by the installation process.

Configuration of your freshly installed User Management Module:


The Yii-User Management Module uses the language that is set in the Application Configuration. For example, you can add a

'language' => 'de',

in your config/main.php to get German Language strings. At the moment English, German, French and Polish are supported.

Quick Login Widget:

If you want to display a quick login widget somewhere in your Web Application, just call in your view file:

widget('application.modules.user.components.LoginWidget'); ?>

Password Requirements:

You can setup the password Requirements within the 'passwordRequirements' option of the Module, for example:

'user' => array( 'passwordRequirements' => array( 'minLen' => 4, 'maxLen' => 16, 'maxRepetition' => 2, 'minDigits' => 3, ),

Please see components/CPasswordValidator.php for possible password requirement options

User Registration:

Set the Variable 'enableActivationConfirmation' to false in the module configuration to let users register for your application without needing to receive/click an emailed confirmation link.

Role Management:

You can add up new roles in the Role Manager. To check for access to this roles, you can use this code Snippet everywhere in your Yii Application. Most likely it will be used in the ACL Filter of your Controllers:

 // user is allowed
 // user is not allowed to do this

Please see the file user/docs/logging.txt for information on how to set up the logging functions of the Yii User Management module.

Where to go from now on?

There are some examples on how to extend from the Yii User Management Module and how to implement project-specific stuff. See the files in the user/docs/ directory for all this.

See user/docs/hybridauth.txt for instruction on how to use the wonderful hybrid auth framework that is bundled with yii-user-management.


Q: I get an exception when running the Installer

A: Please make sure to log out from any session. Clear your cookies to make sure you are not logged in in your Web Application anymore.

Q: I get the error Message: CWebUser does not have a method named "isAdmin":

A: Please make sure that you have the following in your application configuration:

			'class' => 'application.modules.user.components.YumWebUser',

Q: I get the error Message: the table "{{users}}" for active record class "YumUser" cannot be found in the database.

A: Please make sure that you have the following in your application configuration:

			'tablePrefix' => '',

Q: Why doesn´ t the yii-user-management have submodules?

A: Submodules are supported by yii, but having a path like application.modules.user.modules.role.controllers.YumRoleController really looks strange, so we decided it is better to keep all modules inside the root modules/ directory.

Q: I get the following error while installing: General error: 2014 Cannot execute queries while other unbuffered queries are active

A: thanks to NetDabbler, there is a workaround:

Comment the folowing lines in YumInstallController.php // $sql = file_get_contents(Yii::getPathOfAlias('') . '/yum_translation.sql'); // $db->createCommand($sql)->execute();

Insert the translation data manually in a cmd window as: mysql -u yourusername -p testyum < docs/yum_translation.sql

Q: I still got errors !

A: Make sure to enable a caching component, at least CDummyCache, in your config/main.php:

'cache'=>array( 'class'=>'system.caching.CDummyCache', ),

Q: I still got errors !

A: Try to add this in your config/main.php:

'session' => array(
		'sessionName' => 'SiteSession',
		'class' => 'CHttpSession',
		'autoStart' => true,

The documentation is stored in the user/docs directory. Please read user/docs/install.txt for a installation instruction.

Please DO read the documentation since it is not 100% trivial to install this module. There also is a FAQ of common mistakes at the end.

Report all issues to the github issue tracker, thank you!

Enjoy this module.