How can i allow my controller to work only for logged in users? If non-loggedin user accesses my controller, he should be automatically redirected to login page and after successful login, he reaches my controller. Thanks for answers.


Use predispatch function of your controller:

class Some_Module_IndexController extends Mage_Adminhtml_Controller_Action

    public function preDispatch()
        if (!Mage::getSingleton('customer/session')->authenticate($this)) {
            $this->setFlag('', self::FLAG_NO_DISPATCH, true);

    // other actions


And try to replicate functions which you find them another standard Magento modules. For example Mage_Sales_OrderController uses this function which you asked above.

  • Workable, but I think an observer on controller_action_predispatch would be a cleaner way.
    – Adam Moss
    Nov 15 '13 at 17:35
  • Why, I have never seen that another Magento standard/community modules used event/observer approach to do this functional. In this case event/observer is little long and difficult way.
    – mageUz
    Nov 15 '13 at 17:41

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