Authentication FAQ

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.0. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Authentication FAQ.

What is an authentication plugin?

An authentication plugin is a method of handling user authentication i.e. enabling certain people to login to your Moodle site.

How do I enable the "Create new account" button on the login page?

To display the "Is this your first time here?" instructions and the "Create new account" button:

  1. Make sure that the email-based self-registration plugin (or any other plugin that can support self-registration, such as LDAP) is enabled in Settings>Site administration > Plugins > Authentication > Manage authentication.
  2. Select the self-registration plugin in the Common settings.

Warning: Enabling self registration results in the possibility of spammers creating accounts in order to use forum posts, blog entries etc. for spam. See Reducing spam in Moodle for ways of minimizing the risk.

How can I change the "Is this your first time here?" instructions?

  1. Access Settings > Site administration > Plugins > Authentication > Manage authentication.
  2. Write the instructions in the auth_instructions text field.
  3. Click the "Save changes" button at the bottom of the page.

If your site caters to more than one language you can edit the language via Site administration > Language_customization. Choose the languages (one at a time) and click "edit words or phrases". Choose "file to edit" : moodle.php Go to the string called "loginsteps" and put in the instruction text you want (for that language). Then repeat for the other languages you want offered.

How do I set up LDAP authentication?

See LDAP authentication for full instructions.

How is the "No login" authentication plugin used?

The No login authentication plugin can be used to suspend particular user accounts. To do so:

  1. Access the user's profile page.
  2. In the Settings block, click "Edit profile".
  3. Select "No login" as the authentication method. (If the setting isn't shown, click the "Show advanced" button to reveal it.)
  4. Click the "Update profile" button at the bottom of the page.

What is the difference between enabling the email-based self-registration auth plugin and selecting it as the self registration method?

The email-based self-registration authentication plugin must be enabled to allow users who previously self-registered to login.

Selecting email-based self-registration as the self registration method allows potential users to self register.

Warning: Enabling self registration results in the possibility of spammers creating accounts in order to use forum posts, blog entries etc. for spam. This risk can be minimized by limiting self registration to particular email domains with the allowed email domains setting in Settings > Site administration > Plugins> Authentication > Manage authentication. Alternatively, self registration may be enabled for a short period of time to allow users to create accounts, and then later disabled.

How can I create an authentication plugin?

See Development:Authentication plugins.

How can students without email addresses have Moodle accounts?

See No Email.

Where are users' details stored?

Users' details can be stored in local Moodle database or externally.

If Users' details are stored in the local Moodle database, it is called "internal authentication". Storing users' details externally is called "external authentication".

Can you arrange for an e-mail to be sent to notify Users of new accounts?

If you are creating ONE manual account, then no.

See Feature request here: http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-19390

See discussion http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=117005

Bulk upload can be set up to send e-mails: see the discussion here: http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=85333 (Which includes a code hack to do this as well. (Also http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=125000)


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