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Automatically Authenticating after Registration

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Automatically Authenticating after Registration

After registration, let’s log the user in automatically. Create a private function called authenticateUser inside RegisterController. Normally, authentication happens automatically, but we can also trigger it manually:

// src/Yoda/UserBundle/Entity/Controller/RegisterController.php
// ...
use Symfony\Component\Security\Core\Authentication\Token\UsernamePasswordToken;

private function authenticateUser(User $user)
    $providerKey = 'secured_area'; // your firewall name
    $token = new UsernamePasswordToken($user, null, $providerKey, $user->getRoles());


This code might look strange, and I don’t want you to worry about it too much. The basic idea is that we create a token, which holds details about the user, and then pass this into Symfony’s security system.

Call this method right after registration:

// src/Yoda/UserBundle/Entity/Controller/RegisterController.php
// ...

if ($form->isValid()) {
    // .. code that saves the user, sets the flash message


    $url = $this->generateUrl('event');

    return $this->redirect($url);

Try it out! After registration, we’re redirected back to the homepage. But if you check the web debug toolbar, you’ll see that we’re also authenticated as Padmé. Sweet!

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What PHP libraries does this tutorial use?

// composer.json
    "require": {
        "php": ">=5.3.3",
        "symfony/symfony": "~2.4", // v2.4.2
        "doctrine/orm": "~2.2,>=2.2.3", // v2.4.2
        "doctrine/doctrine-bundle": "~1.2", // v1.2.0
        "twig/extensions": "~1.0", // v1.0.1
        "symfony/assetic-bundle": "~2.3", // v2.3.0
        "symfony/swiftmailer-bundle": "~2.3", // v2.3.5
        "symfony/monolog-bundle": "~2.4", // v2.5.0
        "sensio/distribution-bundle": "~2.3", // v2.3.4
        "sensio/framework-extra-bundle": "~3.0", // v3.0.0
        "sensio/generator-bundle": "~2.3", // v2.3.4
        "incenteev/composer-parameter-handler": "~2.0", // v2.1.0
        "doctrine/doctrine-fixtures-bundle": "~2.2.0", // v2.2.0
        "ircmaxell/password-compat": "~1.0.3", // 1.0.3
        "phpunit/phpunit": "~4.1" // 4.1.0