Is there a way to disable an admin route, well actually any route. The use case is I have an extension that comes with a frontend section and an admin section but I do not want the admin section to be used. I have disabled the admin menu items but I would like to disable the route as well so that if there are any other links or someone has it bookmarked they get a 404 or redirected to the dashboard.

I know I could setup different roles and disable for some roles but I want it to be a complete removal.

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I don't think there is a way to do this without removing the routers tag from the config.xml or adding some observers on the predispatch event that will redirect you to a 404 page.
But I may be wrong. In case I'm wrong here is a place to start.
The routers section of the config.xml files is parsed in Mage_Core_Controller_Varien_Router_Standard::collectRoutes.
From what I saw in there, there is no check for a disabled flag or something like that.
There might be a chance if the the module does not use the admin path for backend pages.
So if the router is not declared like this:

                    <Module_Name before="Mage_Adminhtml">Module_Name_Adminhtml</Module_Name>

but uses the other way of declaring routers:


You can create a module and just change the <use> tag value to something that's not admin or standard.

So your new module that depends on the original one can have the routers section like this:


Why I thing it could work? because in the method mentioned above the only if with no else that could return false is if ($use == $useRouterName).
This is just an assumption. I haven't tested it. I don't have any extensions that use this type of routers for backend.

  • Not a bad idea, with the use then you end up on a front-end 404 page, but that is not so bad in this case. Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 14:03
  • @DavidManners. Just curious, how did you did it?
    – Marius
    Commented Sep 30, 2014 at 7:57
  • I did it with <use>we-do-not-want-this-module</use> it gives you a front end 404 page but that is completely fine for me. Open to other ideas though. Commented Sep 30, 2014 at 7:58
  • Nice! That's how I disabled the product review functionality and it works well
    – Erfan
    Commented Oct 15, 2015 at 3:57

I would probably just do something like rewrite the relevant controller action and then just have a redirect to dashboard or some other page.

  • yeah I was thinking about this but some modules can have a lot of actions, I was also thinking about simply changing the frontName to so random string Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 13:53
  • Sure ok, how about a <from> <to> config.xml rewrite then. As it's under <global> it should work for admin as well? Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 13:57

Why can't you use preDispatch to do this job for you. Try this code inside your modules's admin controller

public function preDispatch()
       // Mage::helper('cms')->__('Requested URL is not allowed'));


I have tried this in CMS > Pages controller and it works just fine. I tried to add an error message, but it didn't work. I think you will be able to resolve it. If you find, why the error message didn't work, inform me too :-)

  • My idea was to not use code but to simply turn the router off like you can with other items like the menu or observers. With your answer I would have to write a bit of config and a controller, though it would be small, as I do not want to directly edit the modules code. Not saying it is wrong just noting my thinking. Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 15:19
  • so you dont have controller for your extension? I was not aware of it. anyway I am leaving this answer here. It may help future visitors :) Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 15:24
  • it was more about disabling another extensions controller. sure I can write mine that extends it no problem. Just wanted some ideas about different ways Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 15:27

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