How can I determine programatically whether the current user is anonymous or authenticated?

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For the sake of more robust and descriptive code, you can make use of the handy User::isAnonymous() method, e.g.

if (\Drupal::currentUser()->isAnonymous()) {
  // Anonymous user...
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    Whenever possible, use methods like this: program to the interface not the implementation. Using an IDE w/ code completion is invaluable for Drupal 8 work.
    – mpdonadio
    Feb 2, 2015 at 15:39
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    For anyone else who comes across this, note that \Drupal::currentUser()->isAuthenticated() is the equivalent of D7 user_is_logged_in()
    – Jaypan
    Jan 16, 2017 at 8:13
  • I created a custom module and I can't get this function to work. Is there something additional I need to add in my module? Thank you in advance.
    – SuperTony
    May 30, 2019 at 23:04
  $current= \Drupal::currentUser();
  if (!$current->id()) {
    // is visitor
  else {
    // is logged

isAnonymous() holds the danger of not working when a site is saving data (for example in forms) in PrivateTempStore. Therefore, i prefer the following:

if (\Drupal::currentUser()->isAuthenticated()) {
  // This user is logged in.
} else {
  // This user is anonymous.
  • Could you explain why ::isAnonymous() is different from not ::isAuthenticated()? Aug 4, 2023 at 1:08

Methods that you can use in Drupal 8 to check:

Use the isAuthenticated() method on the user. For example, use the following code to determine the state of the current user:

$logged_in = \Drupal::currentUser()->isAuthenticated();

Use isAnonymous() to determine if the user is anonymous:

$anynomous_user = \Drupal::currentUser()->isAnonymous();

U can use this code::

global $user;
if ($user->uid == 0) {
  //user is not logged in
  //user is logged in
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    Drupal code works for Drupal 7, but not in Drupal 8
    – Dev
    May 25, 2017 at 12:26
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    Yeah and use === for strict comparison and put space before and after your else for coding standards :/
    – klidifia
    Jul 9, 2019 at 4:45
  • This code could match with an user that is being created, because $user->uid is NULL before the first save(). The NULL response on the uid would match with the == 0.
    – Pauleau
    Dec 8, 2021 at 10:58

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