• CodeIgniter: Check Authentication and Fail

    Very often, when developing a site using CodeIgniter, I use a base Controller to check common functions such as authentication. This is easiest to do in the Controller’s __construct method. Usually you can simply use a redirect to your login page:

    [code lang=”php”]
    redirect( "/user/login" );

    But sometimes you simply want to stop the Controller and output the fact that they are not authorised or that a certain error has occurred. I was just doing this with a REST API on a site, and simply wanted to fail if the wrong API Key was passed. I’ve found it’s easiest to do via a “show_error” call:

    [code lang=”php”]
    show_error(‘Not authorized’, 401 );

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