How to check if a user is logged in (how to properly use user.is_authenticated)?


Question

I am looking over this website but just can't seem to figure out how to do this as it's not working. I need to check if the current site user is logged in (authenticated), and am trying:

request.user.is_authenticated

despite being sure that the user is logged in, it returns just:

>

I'm able to do other requests (from the first section in the url above), such as:

request.user.is_active

which returns a successful response.

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214
6/15/2016 8:48:52 PM

Accepted Answer

Update for Django 1.10+: is_authenticated is now an attribute in Django 1.10. The method still exists for backwards compatibility, but will be removed in Django 2.0.

For Django 1.9 and older:

is_authenticated is a function. You should call it like

if request.user.is_authenticated():
    # do something if the user is authenticated

As Peter Rowell pointed out, what may be tripping you up is that in the default Django template language, you don't tack on parenthesis to call functions. So you may have seen something like this in template code:

{% if user.is_authenticated %}

However, in Python code, it is indeed a method in the User class.

464
5/4/2018 9:43:11 AM

Django 1.10+

Use an attribute, not a method:

if request.user.is_authenticated: # <-  no parentheses any more!
    # do something if the user is authenticated

The use of the method of the same name is deprecated in Django 2.0, and is no longer mentioned in the Django documentation.


Note that for Django 1.10 and 1.11, the value of the property is a CallableBool and not a boolean, which can cause some strange bugs. For example, I had a view that returned JSON

return HttpResponse(json.dumps({
    "is_authenticated": request.user.is_authenticated()
}), content_type='application/json') 

that after updated to the property request.user.is_authenticated was throwing the exception TypeError: Object of type 'CallableBool' is not JSON serializable. The solution was to use JsonResponse, which could handle the CallableBool object properly when serializing:

return JsonResponse({
    "is_authenticated": request.user.is_authenticated
})

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