Plugin for retrieving the current authenticated identity within laminas-mvc controllers


Install via composer:

$ composer require laminas/laminas-mvc-plugin-identity

If you are using the laminas-component-installer, you're done!

If not, you will need to add the component as a module to your application. Add the entry 'Laminas\Mvc\Plugin\Identity' to your list of modules in your application configuration (typically one of config/application.config.php or config/modules.config.php).


The Identity plugin allows retrieving the identity from the AuthenticationService.

For the Identity plugin to work, a Laminas\Authentication\AuthenticationService or Laminas\Authentication\AuthenticationServiceInterface name or alias must be defined and recognized by the ServiceManager.

Identity returns the identity in the AuthenticationService or null if no identity is available.

As an example:

public function testAction()
    if ($user = $this->identity()) {
         // someone is logged !
    } else {
         // not logged in

When invoked, the Identity plugin will look for a service by the name or alias Laminas\Authentication\AuthenticationService in the ServiceManager. You can provide this service to the ServiceManager in a configuration file:

// In a configuration file...
use Laminas\Authentication\AuthenticationService;

return [
    'service_manager' => [
        'aliases' => [
            AuthenticationService::class => 'my_auth_service',
        'invokables' => [
            'my_auth_service' => AuthenticationService::class,

If such service is not found, the plugin will look for a service named Laminas\Authentication\AuthenticationServiceInterface in the ServiceManager. For example:

use Laminas\Authentication\AuthenticationServiceInterface;

return [
    'service_manager' => [
        'factories' => [
            AuthenticationServiceInterface::class => MyAuthenticationServiceFactory::class,

The Identity plugin exposes two methods:

  • setAuthenticationService(AuthenticationServiceInterface $authenticationService) : void: Sets the authentication service instance to be used by the plugin.

  • getAuthenticationService() : AuthenticationServiceInterface: Retrieves the current authentication service instance if any is attached.


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