I'm currently importing a whole bunch of users to a site programmically through user_save. How can I make sure that no registration mails are sent to the users?

// Create new user
$newUser = array(
    'name' => $member->name,
    'pass' => $member->password,
    'mail' => $email,
    'field_user_fullname' => array('und' => array(array('value' => $member->navn))),
    'status' => 1,
user_save(null, $newUser);

2 Answers 2


I can't find a way to do that. user_save doesn't take such an argument. I believe you have two options.

  1. Emulate the user_register_submit() call by passing your data in as a form instead, this is preferably done with drupal_form_submit(). It just so happens that the example deals with user-registration.
  2. Just kill outgoing e-mails while you import your users.
  • +1 drupal_form_submit() would probably be the best way to go
    – Clive
    Feb 20, 2012 at 11:12

The simple answer is you can't I'm afraid, it's hard-coded into the user_save() function with this bit of code:

// Send emails after we have the new user object.
if ($account->status != $account->original->status) {
  // The user's status is changing; conditionally send notification email.
  $op = $account->status == 1 ? 'status_activated' : 'status_blocked';
  _user_mail_notify($op, $account);

That checks the original account object (which is loaded up there and then so it can't be altered) against the new account object and if there's a difference in the status it sends an email.

The only way I can think to do it would be to simulate a submission of the user_register_form which has a checkbox denoting whether or not to notify the user of changes.

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