I'm trying to update a user password on save via a custom field (on registration via the back-end - the admin needs to specify a password on registering a user). Is this even possible?

Came across this question How do I change a user's password programmatically in a plugin? and tried using the users.onBeforeSaveUser event to update the $user->newPassword but the user cannot login with the details registered/created.

Any thoughts on above appreciated!


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You can't use the users.onBeforeSaveUser event to set a user's password as this event happens after the supplied password has been hashed by a private method in the UsersService.

Instead, you could use the users.onSaveUser event, check if a new user has just been saved and if so add the password to the userModel and re-save it. The following is untested, but should do the trick:

    craft()->on('users.saveUser', function(Event $event) {

        // Only fire if new user, this should avoid an infinite loop
        if ($event->params['isNewUser']) {

            // retrieve the userModel from the event
            $user = $event->params['user'];

            // set new password
            $user->newPassword = 'My Super Secret Password';

            // save user
            if (craft()->users->saveUser($user))
                // Password successfully saved!
                // Oops, something went wrong!
  • thanks @SteveRowling - that seems to have done the trick. Seem to be going round in circles on this plugin but seem to be nearly there … :D Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 14:25

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