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If we enter an email that doesn't exist, we get this

Username could not be found

error message. And, as we saw a moment ago, if we return false from checkCredentials(), the error is something about "Invalid credentials".

The point is, depending on where authentication fails, the user will see one of these two messages.

The question now is, what if we want to customize those? Because, username could not be found? Really? In an app that doesn't use usernames!? That's... confusing.

Customizing Error Messages

There are two ways to control these error messages. The first is by throwing a very special exception class from anywhere in your authenticator. It's called CustomUserMessageAuthenticationException. When you do this, you can create your own message. We'll do this later when we build an API authenticator.

The second way is to translate this message. No, this isn't a tutorial about translations. But, if you look at your login template, when we print this error.messageKey thing, we are already running it through Symfony's translation filter.

Another way to look at this is on the web debug toolbar. See this little translation icon? Click that! Cool: you can see all the information about translations that are being processed on this page. Not surprisingly - since we're not trying to translate anything - there's only one: "Username could not be found."... which... is being translated into... um... "Username could not be found."

Internally, Symfony ships with translation files that will translate these authentication error messages into most other languages. For example, if we were using the es locale, we would see this message in Spanish.

Ok, so, why the heck do we care about all of this? Because, the errors are passed through the translator, we can translate the English into... different English!

Check this out: in your translations/ directory, create a security.yaml file. This file is called security because of this security key in the translator. This is called the translation "domain" - it's kind of a translation category - a way to organize things.

Anyways, inside the file, copy the message id, paste that inside quotes, and assign it to our newer, hipper message:

Oh no! It doesn't look like that email exists!

That's it! If you go back to your browser and head over to the login page, in theory, if you try failing login now, this should work instantly. But... no! Same message. Today is not our lucky day.

This is thanks to a small, um, bug in Symfony. Yes, yes, they do happen sometimes, and this bug only affects our development... slightly. Here's the deal: whenever you create a new translation file, Symfony won't see that file until you manually clear the cache. In your terminal, run:

php bin/console cache:clear

When that finishes, go back and try it again: login with a bad email and... awesome!

Logging Out

Hey! Our login authentication system is... done! And... not that I want to rush our moment of victory - we did it! - but now that our friendly alien users can log in... they'll probably need a way to log out. They're just never satisfied...

Right now, I'm still logged in as Let's close a few files. Then, open SecurityController. Step 1 to creating a logout system is to create the route. Add public function logout(). Above this, use the normal @Route("/logout") with the name app_logout.

And this is where things get interesting... We do need to create this route... but we don't need to write any logic to log out the user. In fact, I'm feeling so sure that I'm going to throw a new Exception():

will be intercepted before getting here

Remember how "authenticators" run automatically at the beginning of every request, before the controllers? The logout process works the same way. All we need to do is tell Symfony what URL we want to use for logging out.

In security.yaml, under your firewall, add a new key: logout and, below that, path set to our logout route. So, for us, it's app_logout.

That's it! Now, whenever a user goes to the app_logout route, at the beginning of that request, Symfony will automatically log the user out and then redirect them... all before the controller is ever executed.

So... let's try it! Change the URL to /logout and... yes! The web debug toolbar reports that we are once again floating around the site anonymously.

By the way, there are a few other things that you can customize under the logout section, like where to redirect. You can find those options in the Symfony reference section.

But now, we need to talk about CSRF protection. We'll also add remember me functionality to our login form with almost no effort.

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