In the CP there is a button which allows you to log in as a specific user. Can this be called from the Frontend/plugin or is it strictly a CP function?

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You can call it from the front-end, but it requires the currently logged in user to be an administrator.

Just point the form's hidden action input to users/impersonate and have it submit a 'userId' input of the person you want to log in as.

  • Hi Brad, But do you have to be admin? Is there a way to use this feature for non-root admins? I want them to login as another user, but when I give them all user altering rights, the dropdown with the cog doesn't show me the option to take over another account. Thanks in advance. Nov 12, 2018 at 14:56
  • You have to be an admin to impersonate another user.
    – Brad Bell
    Nov 12, 2018 at 22:39

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