When user leaves checkout funnel I need to logout him while preserving his cart contents (so the just logged out user as a guest would see all cart items that he had in a cart when he was logged in). How can I achieve that?

  • what is mean by " logout him while preserving his cart contents"?
    – Amit Bera
    Feb 12, 2015 at 12:33
  • So all items that were in cart when he was loggen in remains there after logout (for guest user)
    – breethe
    Feb 12, 2015 at 13:04

2 Answers 2


The Mage_Checkout module declares an observer on customer_logout event which executes the Mage_Checkout_Model_Observer::unsetAll() method which in turn calls Mage_Checkout_Model_Session::unsetAll() whose body follows:

public function unsetAll()
    $this->_quote = null;

As you see, it is responsible for clearing all data from session, including the quote.

You could be tempted to disable the event observer but I discourage it because it is necessary to clear private data from session.

A better approach could be that of registering your own observer on the same event and call the preserveQuote() method which copies the quote of the logging-out customer to the already emptied (by the core observer) session as show below:

public function preserveQuote($observer)
    $customerQuote = Mage::getModel('sales/quote')->loadByCustomer($observer->getCustomer());
    $currentQuote = Mage::getSingleton('checkout/session')->getQuote();

Do your tests because I didn't examine if there can be drawbacks to this solution.

Hope it helps.


Under system > configuration > customers > persistent shopping cart you can enable the persistent shopping cart feature, and make your settings accordingly for how long to keep items in the customer's cart.

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