OK so I have a function as an extension to the firecheckout module to check if the email entered exists as a customer account...

I've basically followed the steps found on this url (Solution 1).. http://www.helpsforcoder.com/magento/31953-check-for-customer-email-address-exists-in-checkout.html

I've added that function to the file at...


Within class TM_FireCheckout_IndexController extends Mage_Checkout_OnepageController

But when I try to call the function over ajax I get the html for a 404 page in the alert... here's my JavaScript function...

jQuery('input[title="Email Address"]').blur(function(){
    var email = jQuery(this).val();
    new Ajax.Request("<?php echo $this->getUrl('firecheckout/index/checkEmailexists');?>", {
           method: 'Post',
           parameters: {'billing[email]':email},
           onComplete: function(transport) {

here's the IndexController.php SE wouldnt let me post the whole file... too big so I've removed other functions...


require_once 'Mage/Checkout/controllers/OnepageController.php';

class TM_FireCheckout_IndexController extends Mage_Checkout_OnepageController
    protected $_updateCheckoutLayout           = null;
    protected $_shippingMethodDependsOnAddress = null;
    protected $_totalDependsOnShippingAddress  = null;

//other native functions go here...

        public function checkEmailexistsAction()

    if ($this->_expireAjax()) {
        echo 'Ajax Expired'; 
    if (!$this->getRequest()->isPost()) {
        echo '!isPost'; 

    $websiteId = Mage::app()->getWebsite()->getId();
    $data = $this->getRequest()->getPost('billing', array());
    $email = $data['email'];

    $customer = Mage::getModel('customer/customer');

    if ($websiteId) {


    if ($customer->getId()) {
        // This is the part of the code that runs when a customer exists ... 
        return true;
    else {
        // This is the part of the code that runs when a customer does not yet exist ...
        return false; 

1 Answer 1


the controller function name must be name like abcAction().so your function must be public and

  • Yea the function is called that public function checkEmailexistsAction()
    – alex
    Commented Oct 6, 2015 at 12:32
  • can you post the IndexController.php in question Commented Oct 6, 2015 at 12:36
  • check the firecheckout in enable from backend? and refresh the cache. i tested this function and it is working for me. Commented Oct 6, 2015 at 12:54
  • yes, firecheckout is enabled, in the console i get... POST hoh.dev/firecheckout/index/checkEmailexists 404 (Not Found)
    – alex
    Commented Oct 6, 2015 at 14:14

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