Get user type in Joomla with PHP

I'm trying to get a logged in users type (eg super admin, registered). I've tried this code:

$user =& JFactory::getUser();
$curref = $user->usertype();

Which gives a function not found error. What is the correct way to get the user type name, without a db query if possible.


You just need to treat usertype as a member, not a method.

$type = $user->usertype;


You can take a look at the $user object structure by doing a var_dump. Try this, and inspect the output:

var_dump( $user );

So if you want to iterate over the groups array, you could do the following:

$groupIDs = array();
foreach( $user->groups as $groupID ){
  $groupIDs[] = $groupID;

var_dump( $groupIDs );

You can also use some joomla methods to return the groups in different ways. You may want to check out this forum thread:

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