How can I delete a customer in magento by refering using its object from Mage::getModel("customer/customer") ?

I already researched in google and with the bad luck I found nothing.

3 Answers 3


If you want to delete the customer with some code that runs from the admin area, this should be enough:

$id = 5;//replace with desired id
//$customer = Mage::getModel('customer/customer')->loadByEmail($email);
$customer = Mage::getModel('customer/customer')->load($id);

If you want to delete the customer from the frontend area you need to wrap the code above in this:

Mage::register('isSecureArea', true);
//code from above goes here
  • thank you @marius but I do it on the backend =) thank you for the info =)
    – Netorica
    Mar 10, 2014 at 10:44
  • very helpful - especially the hint concerning the isSecureArea
    – ESP32
    Oct 20, 2020 at 16:42

I find it out. customer is an EAV like products that can be deleted using delete() method. Just flag the object to be deleteable using $customer->setIsDeleteable(true) because the customer model class which is Mage_Customer_Model_Customer implements Mage_Core_Model_Abstract which contains the delete() method

I used the following codes below

$customer->loadByEmail('[email protected]');

Get Customer By Id

$id = 5;//replace with desired id
$customer = Mage::getModel('customer/customer')->load($id);

Get Customer By Email

$customer = Mage::getModel('customer/customer')->setWebsiteId(0)->loadByEmail($email);

Delete Customer

  • in above link get customer by Email is not corrent, thats why I have to mentioned above line Sep 17, 2015 at 22:54

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