I want to add a Login link in the user menu. When I give it the path 'user/login', I get the message: The path 'user/login' is either invalid or you do not have access to it.

If I give it a path of 'user', it works. However, that's not the path I want, because it will still be visible to the logged-in user.

If I give it a full path, http://mysite.com/user/login, it works BUT isn't hidden from the logged-in user. Puzzling.

Any ideas? I am pretty sure I could use a module to handle this, but it seems like overkill.

  • You cannot see user/login path after logged in. In fact there is nothing a logged in user can do. – niksmac Jun 11 '13 at 2:42
  • Right, but I can't put that path into the User menu. I get the error above when I enter it as a link. – mollyavalon Jun 11 '13 at 3:21
  • If you use proper menu or drupal l() function to print the link, it will not be there for logged in users. Means it will follow Drupal permissions. – niksmac Jun 11 '13 at 3:26

If you are using the Sub-pathauto module simply:

  1. Disable the subpathauto module.
  2. Add your menu item(s) for user/login.
  3. Re-enable the subpathauto module.
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Thank you to everyone who answered. I was not asking about whether or not the login link was visible, but was instead asking how to enter the user/login path on the user menu or in the URL aliases without getting an error.

I solved it by using the path user/login? instead of user/login. So simple, so much time wasted.

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  • wow, too clever. It worked and can't be anymore simple. – Kevin Siji Jan 7 '15 at 12:39

How about wrapping it in a conditions like these?

if (user_is_logged_in()) {
  // Do something.


if (user_is_anonymous()) {
  // Do something.

A useful link - https://api.drupal.org/api/drupal/modules%21user%21user.module/function/user_menu_site_status_alter/7

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  • Thanks for the hint, so I no longer user !user_is_logged_in() anymore :) – kwoxer Jun 30 '16 at 13:49

That error message is show from the form validation handler used by the form that allows you to add a menu item, or edit it; it calls drupal_valid_path(), which contains the following code.

return $item && $item['access'];

As @Nikhil M said in his comment, logged-in users don't have access to that menu item, which means $item['access'] is FALSE.

The only way I found to add that link was first creating a path alias (e.g. user-login) to /user/login, and then using the path alias when creating the menu item.


Apparently it works.


Once logged in, the menu item doesn't appear.


I have also tried with a different menu (e.g. the Main menu) and it works.

screenshot screenshot

At first, it seemed not to work, since the link was not shown when I logged out. To see the login link, I had to clean the Drupal cache, and refresh the page from Firefox after logging out.

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  • This is a great-looking solution, and I was hopeful, but the URL alias is giving me the same error message when I enter /user/login, so I can't make the alias either. – mollyavalon Jun 11 '13 at 15:25
  • I am not having a problem with whether it shows up if you are logged in or not. I know it will work if I can just get either the menu or the URL alias config to accept user/login. – mollyavalon Jun 11 '13 at 15:26
  • I didn't have any problem for the path alias to accept user/login as existing system path of the alias. If that makes any difference, I used the user 1 account to set the path alias. – kiamlaluno Jun 11 '13 at 22:13

One of my colleagues came up with a simple solution that I'm sharing in case it helps others. "Basically, you can't edit an existing menu item that links to user/login, you have to create a whole new one. I did that and it's working now!"

So you can create a menu item with the path in question (user/login), but you'll never be able to edit it. If you want to change the text down the road,create a new menu item and delete the old.

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