I am searching products using magento api. created one input box and search button where user will enter the product name and submit the keyword. It will search the products using the key word and name attribute. But it is showing the error:

Call to a member function getRole() on a non-object

I have checked user which i created, user role and user role assigned to user and role resources but still issue the same.. here is my code

  <form action="" method="get"> <input type="text" name="searchWord" /> <input type="submit" value="search" name="search" /> </form> <?php if(isset($_GET['search'])){

    // creating soap client $client = new SoapClient('http://localhost/magento/index.php/api/soap/?wsdl');

    // creating session for login 

    $sessionId = $client->login('myusername','apiKey');

    $searchKeyWord = $_GET['searchWord'];

    $filters = array(
                    'name' => array('like'=>"%$searchKeyWord%")
 try{ $result = $client->call($sessionId, 'catalog_product.list', array($filters)); } catch(Exception $e){ echo $e->getMessage();


I have tried other method too.. like

$result = $client->call($sessionId, 'catalog_product.info', '1') and its working fine but catalog_product.list is not working.. Any idea

Thanks in advance :)

  • Did you create an API User and assigned a role to it? Nov 28, 2013 at 14:38
  • @FlorinelChis .. thanks for your comment ...Yes I have created as well and even i have given full access to the user bt issue is the same...
    – MagentoBoy
    Nov 29, 2013 at 4:59

2 Answers 2


I think the cause is, that you never set the variable $client in this code snippet. It´s commented out. I guess you have initialized the variable somewhere else before this snippet in your code. That´s why it works sometimes.

You should change the line

 // creating soap client $client = new SoapClient('http://localhost/magento/index.php/api/soap/?wsdl');

to the following (two lines!!!):

 // creating soap client
$client = new SoapClient('http://localhost/magento/index.php/api/soap/?wsdl');
  • @alpham8.. I have done that... while pasting code i just missed code. However, it is working on other installation. I dont know what is the issue... when do we get this error?? even I searched in google but issue is the same
    – MagentoBoy
    Oct 17, 2013 at 9:45
  • is there anyone... :(
    – MagentoBoy
    Oct 18, 2013 at 7:03
  • 1
    yes :-) If it works on other Magento installations with the same code, then it isn´t a code problem. Look at your settings, modules, etc. if there something went wrong.
    – alpham8
    Oct 18, 2013 at 9:44

I had the same issue and after a long debugging session, I found out that the error is caused by the extension MagentoHackathon_AdvancedAcl. I opened an issue and created a pull request, which fixes this issue.

The problem is that they execute the following code:


But in the case of a SOAP API call, there is no user in the admin session.

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