I am looking for a concrete way to only allow logging in with email address only in Drupal 8.

I have seen Login Email and Login EmailUsername modules, but both still allow for username login as well as email.

I am looking only for email.

So far, I have come up with this in the interim - but something is not quite right. While I can trigger a form error, the form still submits and authentication is called. It should not submit if the entered value does not resemble an email address:

 * Implements hook_form_FORM_ID_alter().
function mymodule_form_user_login_form_alter(&$form, FormStateInterface $form_state) {
  $form['name']['#type'] = 'email';
  $form['name']['#title'] = t('Email Address');
  $form['name']['#description'] = t('Enter your email address.');
  $form['name']['#element_validate'][] = 'mymodule_login_validate_user';
  $form['pass']['#description'] = t('Enter the password that accompanies your email address.');

 * Custom validation handler for the form login.
 * @param $form
 * @param $form_state
 * @return bool
function mymodule_login_validate_user(&$element, FormStateInterface $form_state) {
  $email_input = $form_state->getValue('name');

  if (!\Drupal::service('email.validator')->isValid($email_input)) {
    $form_state->setError($element, 'Please enter a valid email address.');

I am also overriding the core user.auth service with my own - I will be generating usernames based on factors about the user (fetching information from a remote AMS).

Is there any way to avoid username in Drupal 8?

edit: Users cannot register on the Drupal site, and forgot password will be replaced with a link to the external AMS system.

  • $form['name']['#element_validate'][] never seen it done like this before, the way I know its: $form['#validate'][] = 'mymodule_login_validate_user'; and remove the &$element param from your call back function.
    – No Sssweat
    Jun 29, 2017 at 20:24
  • so use function mymodule_login_validate_user($form, FormStateInterface $form_state) {
    – No Sssweat
    Jun 29, 2017 at 20:31
  • So try it like this and see if it works.
    – No Sssweat
    Jun 29, 2017 at 20:32
  • 2
    I got it - email_registration module was still enabled (was checking it out) causing me trouble. I am providing my own UserAuth service, so now with just the above, only email login is allowed.
    – Kevin
    Jul 1, 2017 at 17:54

1 Answer 1


It seems Login with Email only should solve that. At least worth a look how they managed to do that.

This simple Drupal 8 module allows users to log in exclusively with their email address from the standard login form.


Just enable the module.

Recommended Modules:

This module is based on the Login Email or Username module: https://www.drupal.org/project/login_emailusername

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