Login into Sitecore Programmatically

Sitecore is a CMS based tool mainly used for Content Management purpose. Most of the times you will Login to Sitecore through the web-based Sitecore Login interface to perform content authoring. In this article, we will see How to Login Programmatically into Sitecore.

Login into Sitecore Programmatically

At certain times if you want to connect Sitecore API with web service or any other application you might have to login into Sitecore programmatically  before performing any database operations.

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Step 1:

Use a Security Disabler to make the program run in the context of an authenticated user.

using(new Sitecore.SecurityModel.SecurityDisabler()) {
  // Logic Goes Here

Step 2:

Authenticate Sitecore User Programmatically. The authentication process is very simple in Sitecore as there is an API Sitecore.Security.Authentication.AuthenticationManager.Login

public static bool AuthenticateUser(string username, string password) {
  bool isAuthenticated = false;
  try {
    if (Sitecore.Security.Accounts.User.Exists(username)) {
      isAuthenticated = Sitecore.Security.Authentication.AuthenticationManager.Login(username, password, false);
  } catch (Exception ex) {
    isAuthenticated = false;
  return isAuthenticated;

Step 3:

If the Authentication returns true then use the UserSwitcher to get the specific control on the Sitecore Database and items.

 if (SitecoreUtility.AuthenticateUser(SitecoreUserName, SitecorePassword)) {
   Sitecore.Security.Accounts.User user =
     Sitecore.Security.Accounts.User.FromName(SitecoreUserName, true);
   using(new Sitecore.Security.Accounts.UserSwitcher(user)) {

     //Write your Logic here
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