The authentication method provides a means for users to be authenticated for use in the Zikula website. This method provides for two different types of authentication

  • Zikula\UsersModule\AuthenticationMethodInterface\ReEntrantAuthenticationMethodInterface
  • Zikula\UsersModule\AuthenticationMethodInterface\NonReEntrantAuthenticationMethodInterface

both methods extend a common interface

  • Zikula\UsersModule\AuthenticationMethodInterface\AuthenticationMethodInterface


A ReEntrant method requires no local (e.g. as part of this website) data input. For example, Facebook or Google will ask for credentials (if not already logged in), but these credentials are not entered 'locally' but rather at their website. After authentication at their site, the user is 're-entered' back into the site where they requested the access. When this is done, a 'token' is provided to the requesting website that indicates the user's status. This is then used to provide access locally. The OAuthModule is an example of this type of method.


A NonReEntrant method never leaves the local site to determine authentication and therefore typically requires a form and the processing of that form. The method can maintain it's own table(s) and use this information to indicate a user's status to the zikula website. The ZAuthModule is an example of this type of method. Registration forms MUST contain an email, uname and submit field (may be hidden) and login forms must contain a rememberme field (boolean).

Authentication, Login and Registration

As stated in the file, Authentication is a method where a trusted relationship is established to indicate that a user is who they say they are. It should be pointed out that this neither means 'login' nor 'registration' to a website. An Authentication method is required to provide a means to authenticate. This will allow the Zikula website to login that user based on the results of the authentication.

Registration is a more complicated process which also requires authentication, but additionally requires persisting some data about the relationship between a Zikula UserEntity::Uid and the corresponding authentication data. This process differs for all systems, but in each some relationship must be established. The custom AuthenticationMethod module is required to manage this data and provide appropriate user/admin interfaces as needed for such management.

User creation, modification and deletion

Because an AuthenticationMethod providing module is responsible for the initial authentication of a user, it is therefore considered the user creator. The module therefore assumes responsibility for the modification of said user (for the properties it manages, e.g. uname, email, password, etc).

However - it is very important to note that the providing module must rely on the UsersModule for deletion (via admin interface) of said user. This is because UserModule will take appropriate steps to not orphan data and will fire the required events, et al on user deletion. The providing authenticationMethod should react to said events in managing their own data.

Hooks and events in templates

Authentication modules must implement hooks and events within their login and registration templates. See ZAuthModule for examples:

  • src/system/ZAuthModule/Resources/views/Authentication/register.html.twig
  • src/system/ZAuthModule/Resources/views/Authentication/EmailLogin.html.twig

Also see:

  • \Zikula\UsersModule\Container\HookContainer
  • \Zikula\UsersModule\RegistrationEvents

Installation and discoverability

In order for a method to be usable, the owning module must be installed. Afterwards, the method will appear in the Authentication Methods list in the UsersModule administration.

In order to be used, the method must be activated in this list.