I have a situation where I want to assign a default password when a user is registered in the CP, but only if they are assigned to a specific user group. Plugin code looks like this:

craft()->on('users.onActivateUser', function(Event $event)
    $user = $event->params['user'];

    // Test to see if a user is in group
    if ($user->isInGroup('groupName'))
        $user->newPassword = 'Password123';

I've tried latching on to both the users.onSaveUser and users.onActivateUser events, and in both situations, there are no groups are assigned to the user. Is there an event that is at the absolute end of user registration that I can watch to access their user groups?

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    You sure there are no groups assigned to the user, or $user isn't just failing validation when you're saving? After saving, try calling $user->getErrors() and see if there is anything there.
    – Brad Bell
    Feb 19, 2015 at 23:27
  • Doing var_dump($user->getGroups()); and var_dump($user->getErrors()); both return empty arrays. Feb 20, 2015 at 1:10
  • if you die('here'); inside the if $user->isInGroup() check for a user you know belongs to that group, does it stop?
    – Brad Bell
    Feb 20, 2015 at 1:13
  • Nope, just completes the user registration. Feb 20, 2015 at 2:35
  • When registering from the CP, are you unchecking "Send an activation email now?"
    – Brad Bell
    Feb 20, 2015 at 5:57

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If you have "Verify Email Addresses" checked in Settings->Users->Settings and you uncheck "Send activation email now?" users will start in a "pending" state, so the onActivateUser event won't get fired.

If you uncheck "Verify Email Addresses" in Settings->Users->Settings, the "Send activation email now?" checkbox will disappear when registering a new user, users will start in an "active" state and the onActivateUser event will fire.

As you've found, user group information isn't available to the user on the same request they get created in because user group permissions don't get processed until after the onSaveUser event has fired. You could use onSaveUser, but you'd run into the same limitation.

What you can do, however, is directly check against $_POST (craft()->request->getPost()) to see if the user group you're interested in is there in the onActivateUser event.

  • Hmmm but the onActivateUser event is definitely firing (with the checkbox unchecked). Also, the users are not in the pending state, but they are active. Feb 21, 2015 at 15:41
  • Are you on the latest version? That behavior changed semi-recently.
    – Brad Bell
    Feb 21, 2015 at 17:06
  • I was on Craft 2.3.2632, but just updated to Craft 2.3.2635, and I'm still seeing the same behavior. Feb 23, 2015 at 15:01
  • Weird... I'm not able to reproduce that locally. Maybe you've got another plugin interfering?
    – Brad Bell
    Feb 23, 2015 at 19:35
  • Here's a screencast with all plugins disabled: cl.ly/2G0O0y3k1h0s It shows that users are automatically activated, and the users.onActivateUser event is getting fired, and the $user->getErrors() array is empty. Feb 23, 2015 at 20:24

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