I'm trying to make a redirection from one of my module to Admin > Manage Customer > Edit.

Mage::app()->getResponse()->setRedirect(Mage::helper("adminhtml")->getUrl("adminhtml/customer/edit/", array("id"=>$customer_id)));

The URL called seems to be good, with a url key. But this URL leads to a 302 response and auto-redirect me to the dashboard.

In fact it seems that the generated URL is different from the real URL : the keys are not the same for both of them, which explains why I'm redirected I guess.

If I disable the keys in URL from admin, the redirection is ok.

Can you help me with this problem ? Thank you very much.

  • The link is from an admin page or from frontend?
    – Marius
    Aug 27, 2014 at 14:48
  • From the frontend. Aug 27, 2014 at 14:49

1 Answer 1


Take a look at How can I generate an admin link from a frontend controller?

Short answer: you can't, but if you create a admin controller that will act like a proxy to get the url key then do the redirect (since you can disable the validation of admin url using $_publicActions).

class MagePal_ProxyCustomerRedirect_Adminhtml_RedirectController extends Mage_Adminhtml_Controller_Action
     * Array of actions which can be processed without secret key validation
     * @var array
    protected $_publicActions = array('redirecttocustomer');

    public function redirecttocustomerAction()
        // get the customer id pass by your observer (url key)
        Mage::app()->getResponse()->setRedirect(Mage::helper("adminhtml")->getUrl("adminhtml/customer/edit/", array("id"=>$customer_id)));

In your observer

  Mage::app()->getResponse()->setRedirect(Mage::helper("adminhtml")->getUrl("adminhtml/redirecttocustomer/edit/", array("id"=>$customer_id)));

See Mage_Adminhtml_Controller_Action

protected function _validateSecretKey()
    if (is_array($this->_publicActions) && in_array($this->getRequest()->getActionName(), $this->_publicActions)) {
        return true;

    if (!($secretKey = $this->getRequest()->getParam(Mage_Adminhtml_Model_Url::SECRET_KEY_PARAM_NAME, null))
        || $secretKey != Mage::getSingleton('adminhtml/url')->getSecretKey()) {
        return false;
    return true;

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