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    UserService

    Applies to Umbraco 6.x and newer

    The UserService acts as a "gateway" to Umbraco data for operations which are related to Users.

    Browse the API documentation for UserService.

    • Namespace: Umbraco.Core.Services
    • Assembly: Umbraco.Core.dll

    All samples listed in this document will require references to the following dll:

    • Umbraco.Core.dll

    All samples listed in this document will require the following usings:

    using Umbraco.Core.Models.Membership;
    using Umbraco.Core.Services;
    

    Getting the service

    If you wish to use use the user service in a class that inherits from one of the Umbraco base classes - eg. SurfaceController, UmbracoApiController or UmbracoAuthorizedApiController - you can access the user service through a local Services property:

    IUserService us = Services.UserService;
    

    In Razor views, you can access the UserService through the ApplicationContext property:

    IUserService us = ApplicationContext.Services.UserService
    

    If neither a Services property or a ApplicationContext is available, you can also reference the ApplicationContext class directly:

    IUserService us = ApplicationContext.Current.Services.UserService
    

    Samples

    • Create a new user
      Quick sample showing how to create a new backoffice user; including setting a password, assigning the user to a user group (from Umbraco 7.7 and up), and setting the name of the user.

    • Get a reference to a user
      See the different ways to lookup a backoffice user.

    • Update user information
      See how you can update user information such as names and avatars.