I am trying to update the customer created_at (customer since) date due to some weird issues but not able to do so. I have used the following code:

Registering Event:


Observer Model:

public function customerSaveBefore(Varien_Event_Observer $observer)
    $event      = $observer->getEvent();
    $customer   = $event->getCustomer();

    if ($customer->isObjectNew()) {            

        //@fix for date issue where day and months are interchanged (esp if registered by bots)
        //get magento UTC date
        $mageDate = $customer->getCreatedAt(); //but this value is always empty
        $mageMon  = date('m', strtotime($customer->getCreatedAt()));
        $mageDay  = date('d', strtotime($customer->getCreatedAt()));

        //get pure UTC date
        $currentMon = date('m');
        $currentDay = date('d');

        if ($currentDay != $mageDay || $currentMon != $mageMon) {
            //set the fixed date
            $fixedDate = now();

But main issue is $customer->getCreatedAt() is always empty. Not sure if the event is triggered earlier then the date is set.


I guess you are right about "Not sure if the event is triggered earlier then the date is set." here is code snippet of save() method of class Mage_Core_Model_Abstract. Customer model class extends this class.

if ($this->_dataSaveAllowed) {

Here _beforeSave() method fires event customer_save_before. I think _getResource() method hits db and save customer to db.

So try customer_save_after event which fires at _afterSave() there you may have created_at attribute value.

  • If you use customerSaveAfter event it will go infinite loop due to recursive call. – MagePsycho Jul 12 '14 at 10:56
  • Well then If you want to manipulate data at the time of registration, use customer_register_success event, which also fires after save() method, and I guess updated_at attribute will change on every save action not created_at. – Mukund Thanki Jul 12 '14 at 11:03
  • Well the account can be created from checkout page also so this event wont work in that case. customer_register_success event is triggered only if user is registered from customer/account/create link – MagePsycho Jul 12 '14 at 12:10
  • I found this event for checkout, you may have to hook at this event also, checkout_submit_all_after This event will give you $order and $quote you can get customer from them and created_id for customer as well. I don't If this bit late or not for you, at this moment quote is converted to order and new customer email is sent( if registration happens ). – Mukund Thanki Jul 12 '14 at 12:48
  • Main thing is I have to use a singly entry method for modifying the created_at date as customer can register from custom popups, custom landing page, normal registration form, checkout page etc. So I have to find some event similar to customer_save_before. – MagePsycho Jul 12 '14 at 14:11

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