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  • David 27 posts 127 karma points
    Sep 03, 2019 @ 13:44

    How to check if a member in Umbraco Members exists?

    Hi all,

    I'm creating a controller to help uploading a spreadsheet ( which the user would convert into a .txt file) of members into Umbraco, however I'm not quite sure where to check if the user already exists, and if so how to just update the information instead of creating a new member.

    Here's my code:

    using System;
    using System.Collections.Generic;
    using System.Linq;
    using System.Web;
    using System.Web.Mvc;
    using Umbraco.Core;
    using Umbraco.Core.Models;
    using Umbraco.Core.Services;
    using System.IO;
    namespace UmbracoMemberImport.Controllers
    public class MemberSurfaceController :         
        public ActionResult ImportMembers()
            string _line = "";
            using (StreamReader sr = new StreamReader(System.Web.HttpContext.Current.Server.MapPath("~/Imports/members.txt")))
                    // Read a line from the csv file
                    _line = sr.ReadLine();
                    // Check if the line is not empty
                    if (!String.IsNullOrEmpty(_line))
                        // Split the line using the ; delimiter
                        string[] _splits = _line.Split(',');
                        if (_splits.Length == 8)
                            // Create a new member instance
                            IMember member = ApplicationContext.Current.Services.MemberService.CreateMember(
                                _splits[3],     // Username
                                _splits[2],     // Email
                                _splits[6],     // Display name
                                "member"    // Member type
                            // Member is approved to login
                            member.IsApproved = true;
                            // Check is the branch content picker property exists and set the value
                            //if (member.HasProperty("branch"))
                            //    member.SetValue("branch", _splits[4]);
                            // Check is the sales person content picker property exists and set the value
                            //if (member.HasProperty("salesPerson") && !String.IsNullOrEmpty(_splits[5]))
                            //    member.SetValue("salesPerson", _splits[5]);
                            // Check is the code property exists and set the value
                            if (member.HasProperty("code"))
                                member.SetValue("code", _splits[0]);
                            // Check is the title property exists and set the value
                            if (member.HasProperty("title"))
                                member.SetValue("title", _splits[1]);
                                // Save the member
                                // Save the password of the member
                                ApplicationContext.Current.Services.MemberService.SavePassword(member, _splits[7]);
                                // Assign the correct role
                                ApplicationContext.Current.Services.MemberService.AssignRole(member.Id, "Member");
                            catch { }
                } while (!sr.EndOfStream);
            return null;

    Any suggestions would be really appreciated.



  • Shaishav Karnani from 345 posts 1621 karma points
    Sep 03, 2019 @ 14:27
    Shaishav Karnani from

    Hi David,

    You can use MemberAuthorise attribute to ensure that a member must be logged in to access the resource.

    [MemberAuthorize] public class MemberSurfaceController : Umbraco.Web.Mvc.SurfaceController { ....



  • David 27 posts 127 karma points
    Sep 09, 2019 @ 15:36

    Thanks a lot Shaishav!

  • Alex Skrypnyk 5533 posts 20809 karma points MVP 3x admin c-trib
    Sep 03, 2019 @ 22:49
    Alex Skrypnyk

    Hi David

    There is a method in the Member service - Exists(). You can use it with member id or username like this:

    bool isExists = ApplicationContext.Current.Services.MemberService.Exists(id);

    Hope it helps, Thanks,


  • David 27 posts 127 karma points
    Sep 09, 2019 @ 15:36

    Thank you Alex!

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