How do I format an array item using hook_menu() that links to /user but has a new title and is only accessible to logged in users?

Currently I'm using

    $items['user'] = array(
      'title' => 'Account Settings',
      'path' => 'user',
      'router_path' => 'user',
      'description' => 'Manage your username, password and contact information here.',
      'access callback' => 'user_is_logged_in',
      'type' => MENU_NORMAL_ITEM,
      'weight' => -20,

Then end goal is to have a link that is titled 'Account Settings' that links to /user and that is only available to logged in users.

Edit: I guess to clarify, how can I incorporate the system menu /user item into my modules menu without using the UI?

  • What do you mean by "my modules menu"?
    – apaderno
    Commented Jun 25, 2011 at 13:04
  • Sorry, that was confusing. :) I meant 'in the menu created by my custom module.'
    – Citricguy
    Commented Jul 8, 2011 at 0:14

3 Answers 3


If you want to duplicate the /user path, then you can use define the following menu item in the implementation of hook_menu() in your module:

  $items['your module path'] = array(
    'title' => 'User account', 
    'description' => 'Manage your username, password and contact information here.',    'title callback' => 'user_menu_title', 
    'page callback' => 'user_page', 
    'access callback' => 'user_is_logged_in',
    'type' => MENU_NORMAL_ITEM, 
    'file' => 'user.pages.inc',
    'file path' => drupal_get_path('module', 'user'),

Replace "your module path" with the path used by your module, which cannot be the path already used by another module.

If you just want to alter the existing /user path, and avoid is accessible to everybody, then you need to implement hook_menu_alter() using code similar to the following:

function mymodule_menu_alter(&$items) {
  if (isset($items['user'])) {
    $items['user']['access callback'] = 'user_is_logged_in';
  • Absolutely awesome. I didn't realize you could set the file like that. Thank you.
    – Citricguy
    Commented Jun 25, 2011 at 22:41

To move an existing menu item to a different menu in code, you can implement hook_menu_alter() and change menu_name and weight for $items['user'].


$items['user'] is already defined by user.module - menu items must be unique, so you can't redeclare it in your hook.

Is there a reason you can't use the "My Account" item supplied by the user module? You can override the title on the menu admin page.

  • That would work perfectly. Only I would need to be able to bring that link into my custom menu (say, at a weight of -20) that would be available upon enabling my custom module. How can I insert $items['user'] into my custom menu? Thank you by the way. :)
    – Citricguy
    Commented Jun 24, 2011 at 23:17
  • Simply edit the My account link and set your custom menu as the parent. That's it. You do not need to mess with hook_menu() with move/add/alter menu links to existing router items.
    – Berdir
    Commented Jun 24, 2011 at 23:28
  • Can I do this through a module rather than the UI?
    – Citricguy
    Commented Jun 24, 2011 at 23:30
  • 2
    You can implement hook_menu_alter() and then just set the menu_name and weight for $items['user'], yes. See api.drupal.org/api/drupal/modules--system--system.api.php/…
    – Berdir
    Commented Jun 25, 2011 at 0:09
  • @Berdir That is exactly what I was looking for. Would accept as answer if I could. ;)
    – Citricguy
    Commented Jun 25, 2011 at 0:41

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