I made a customer log-in to the site programmatically... I am properly returned the session values in form of an object.

Now i want this data carried over and returned from the function in JSON format.

I know magento has its own encoding and decoding functions... But this conversion does not some how take place properly.

I mean session object contains customer's email, first, last name,etc. But these are not reflected in converted json... So how do I convert this properly??

Thanks in advance

Here is my code..


function loginUser( $email, $password )
    require_once ("../../app/Mage.php");
    Mage::getSingleton("core/session", array("name" => "frontend"));

    $websiteId = Mage::app()->getWebsite()->getId();
    $store = Mage::app()->getStore();
    $customer = Mage::getModel("customer/customer");
    $customer->website_id = $websiteId;
    try {
        $session = Mage::getSingleton('customer/session');
        $session->login($email, $password);
        $jsonData = Mage::helper('core')->jsonEncode($session);

    }catch(Exception $e){
        return $e->getMessage();


    $test = loginUser("[email protected]","testigex");
  • I can't help, but little tip: add in your question what you're really getting as opposed to what you want to get. Makes the question more understandable
    – Yorrd
    May 13, 2015 at 8:05

1 Answer 1


It is not good idea to return a php object to json value.As per as,php concept json is convert a string varible and an array of string variables to json object.

Json does not capable to convert a php to json object.

If you want data then need to return customer data in array format.

just like:

$jsonData = Mage::helper('core')->jsonEncode($customer->getData());

getData() is give Customer data in array format.


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