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Three ways to impersonate a user in Laravel

There comes a time when you want to log in or authenticate a user in your application manually. For instance, you have a functionality where admins can mimic a user to perform certain actions. Or you may just want to impersonate a user for testing purposes.

There are three ways Laravel lets you do this.

Login using user object

Using the Auth::login() method, you can log in as a user using the user object.

use App\Models\User;
use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Auth;
$user = User::find(1);

// Logs in user with a session cookie

// Logs in user with a permanent cookie
Auth::login($user, true);

Login using User ID

You can also log in as a user with a User ID using the Auth::loginUsingId() method.

use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Auth;

// Logs in user with a session cookie

// Logs in user with a permanent cookie
Auth::loginUsingId(1, true);

If you want to log in as a user without a session or cookie, you can use the Auth::onceUsingId() method.

use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Auth;

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