(>= EZP 5.3, >= EZP Community 2014.01)

This documentation page is compatible with eZ Publish 5.3 / 2014.01

Prior to these versions, authentication was made through legacy stack only, using the venerable user/login module, with the help of a PreAuthenticatedProvider.

Authentication using Symfony Security component

 Native and universal form_login is used, in conjunction to an extended DaoAuthenticationProvider (DAO stands for Data Access Object), the RepositoryAuthenticationProvider. Native behavior of DaoAuthenticationProvider has been preserved, making it possible to still use it for pure Symfony applications.

Security controller

SecurityController is used to manage all security related actions and is thus used to display login form. It is pretty straight forward and follows all standards explained in Symfony security documentation.

Base template used is EzPublishCoreBundle:Security:login.html.twig and stands as follows:

{% extends layout %}

{% block content %}
    {% block login_content %}
        {% if error %}
            <div>{{ error.message|trans }}</div>
        {% endif %}

        <form action="{{ path( 'login_check' ) }}" method="post">
        {% block login_fields %}
            <label for="username">{{ 'Username:'|trans }}</label>
            <input type="text" id="username" name="_username" value="{{ last_username }}" />

            <label for="password">{{ 'Password:'|trans }}</label>
            <input type="password" id="password" name="_password" />

            <input type="hidden" name="_csrf_token" value="{{ csrf_token }}" />

                If you want to control the URL the user
                is redirected to on success (more details below)
                <input type="hidden" name="_target_path" value="/account" />

            <button type="submit">{{ 'Login'|trans }}</button>
        {% endblock %}
    {% endblock %}
{% endblock %}

The layout used by default is %ezpublish.content_view.viewbase_layout% (empty layout) but can be configured easily as well as the login template:

                layout: "AcmeTestBundle::layout.html.twig"
                login_template: "AcmeTestBundle:User:login.html.twig"

Redirection after login

By default, Symfony redirects to the URI configured in security.yml as default_target_path. If not set, it will default to /.

This setting can be set by SiteAccess, via default_page setting.


To use Symfony authentication with eZ Publish, the configuration goes as follows:

            pattern: ^/
            anonymous: ~
                require_previous_session: false
            logout: ~
    path:   /login
    defaults:  { _controller: ezpublish.security.controller:loginAction }
    path:   /login_check
    path:   /logout

You can fully customize the routes and/or the controller used for login. However, ensure to match login_path, check_path and logout.path from security.yml.

See security configuration reference and standard login form documentation.


Access control

See the documentation on access control

Remember me

It is possible to use the remember_me functionality. For this you can refer to the Symfony cookbook on this topic.

If you want to use this feature, you must at least extend the login template in order to add the required checkbox:

{# your_login_template.html.twig #}
{% extends "EzPublishCoreBundle:Security:login.html.twig" %}

{% block login_fields %}
    {{ parent() }}
    <input type="checkbox" id="remember_me" name="_remember_me" checked />
    <label for="remember_me">Keep me logged in</label>
{% endblock %}

Login handlers / SSO

Symfony provides native support for multiple user providers. This makes it easy to integrate any kind of login handlers, including SSO and existing 3rd party bundles (e.g. FR3DLdapBundleHWIOauthBundleFOSUserBundleBeSimpleSsoAuthBundle...).

Further explanation can be found in the multiple user providers cookbook entry.

Integration with Legacy

Authentication with Legacy SSO Handlers

To be able to use your legacy SSO (Single Sign-on) handlers, use the following config in your ezpublish/config/security.yml:

            pattern: ^/
            anonymous: ~
            # Adding the following entry will activate the use of old SSO handlers.
            ezpublish_legacy_sso: ~ 
If you need to create your legacy SSO Handler, please read this entry

Upgrade notes

Follow the notes below if you upgrade from 5.2 to 5.3 / 2013.11 to 2014.01


<a href="{{ path( 'ez_legacy', {'module_uri': '/user/login'} ) }}">Login</a>

<form action="{{ path( 'ez_legacy', {'module_uri': '/user/login'} ) }}" method="post">

<a href="{{ path( 'ez_legacy', {'module_uri': '/user/logout'} ) }}">Logout</a>


<a href="{{ path( 'login' ) }}">Login</a>

<form action="{{ path( 'login_check' ) }}" method="post">

<a href="{{ path( 'logout' ) }}">Logout</a>