Autologin package for Laravel

0.5.2 2017-09-05 10:04 UTC


Autologin is a package built specifically for Laravel 4/5 that will allow you to generate URLs that will provide automatic login to your application and then redirect to the appropriate location. By default, it supports the Laravel Auth facility, but I hope to expand that to others (Sentry, Entrust) as well as custom support in the future.


Simply pop this in your composer.json file and run composer update (however your Composer is installed).

composer require watson/autologin

Now, add the Autologin service provider to your app/config/app.php file.


If you want to adjust the default settings from the sensible defaults, publish the configuration file.

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Watson\Autologin\AutologinServiceProvider" --tag="config"

To get the migrations, publish them.

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Watson\Autologin\AutologinServiceProvider" --tag="migrations"

And of course, if you'd like to use a Facade instead of injecting the class itself, add this to the aliases array.

'Autologin' => Watson\Autologin\Facades\Autologin::class

Then, add the route to your routes.php file, naming it autologin. If you'd like to name it something else, ensure you also change that in the configuration file. You can use the provided AutologinController or route to a controller of your own.

Route::get('autologin/{token}', ['as' => 'autologin', 'uses' => '\Watson\Autologin\AutologinController@autologin']);

Note that previous versions of the package would add this route automatically, this has been removed as it allows you to better control the route middleware groups in your application to start the session and so on.

Generating a autologin link

Autologin link for a user

// User class implements UserInterface
$user = User::find(1);

// http://example.com/autologin/Mx7B1fsUin
$link = Autologin::user($user);

Autologin link for a user with a path

// User class implements UserInterface
$user = User::find(1);

// http://example.com/autologin/RvcNoAcH0X
$link = Autologin::to($user, '/profile');

Autologin link for a user with a route

// User class implements UserInterface
$user = User::find(1);

// http://example.com/autologin/3eQOsRnvPE
$link = Autologin::route($user, 'posts.index');

Validating a token

If you take a look at Watson\Autologin\AutologinController you'll see an example of how a token is validated, the user is logged in and then redirected. If you wish to use a different approach, simply copy the controller into your own application, swap out what you want to change and then set the controller in the Autologin configuration file.


By default, Autologin is hooked up to work with Laravel's Auth library. However, simply publish the configuration file to switch it out with the built-in Sentry provider. It's super easy to implement your own provider, just swap it out and implement Watson\Autologin\Interfaces\AuthenticationInterface. Feel free to make a PR for other authentication libraries you'd like to support.