How to access Magento user's session from outside Magento?


Im trying to access the Magento customer session in another part of my website. <- Magento

The shop itself works like a charm, however im trying to determine within test.php if a customer is logged in, so I can display his name with a link to his cart.

Contents of test.php so far:

require_once dirname(__FILE__).'/shop/app/Mage.php';
Mage::getSingleton('core/session', array('name' => 'frontend'));

I keep getting bool(false) returned. I'm logged into Magento at so ‘true’ is expected.

Am I forgetting something?

7/8/2009 3:35:42 PM

Accepted Answer

I would recommend checking the path of the cookie that Magento sets. Most likely, it is set to /shop, so the cookie will not be accessible to your file above it.

You can modify the path that Magento uses to set its cookie in the control panel under System -> Configuration -> Web (under the General heading) -> Session cookie management

7/8/2009 4:01:08 PM

The same issue was driving me mad. I worked through the following until the last item solved it:

  • Has the correct Mage store ID (current store) been set?
  • Are you using the same session path as Magento?
  • Are you using the same (sub)domain for cookie purposes?
  • Are you using HTTP or HTTPS both inside and outside Magento?

If you've checked all the above, make sure you initialize a core "frontend" session on its own first like this:

// Initialise the core "frontend" session
Mage::getModel('core/session', array('name' => 'frontend'));

Then you can access the customer/session like this:

$customer = Mage::getSingleton("customer/session", array('name' => 'frontend'))->getCustomer();

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