User Activation Method Repository property

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This GAM Repository property determines whether users who register will have their accounts automatically activated, or if they will have to activate them in a second step after registering.


Automatic    The user account is automatically activated after the registration.
User The user will need to confirm the activation of the account.
Administrator    Only the administrator activates user accounts.


The user activation is for all the repositories (for GAM and not for any particular repository). Once the account is activated, it cannot be set to inactive status.

To disable the user, it has to be blocked, deleted, or just disabled from accessing the Repository (see Users enabled or disabled in the GAM Repository).

The UserActivationMethod is a Repository property and should be configured using the GAM Web Backoffice. The GAMRepositoryConfiguration web panel is an example where the property is used.


The way to use it in GeneXus code (by using the GAM API) is as follows:

&Repository.UserActivationMethod            = &UserActivationMethod
if &Repository.Success()
   &Errors = &Repository.GetErrors()
   For &Error in &Errors
       Msg(Format(!"%1 (GAM%2)", &Error.Message, &Error.Code))

Different ways to activate a GAM user

The GAMExampleRegisterUser Web Panel is a sample object included in the GAM Examples folder and may be used as an example of web registration form.

Depending on the value set in this property, users who register in GAM will need to activate their account and wait for the administrator to activate it when it is not immediately activated.

Account activation confirmed by the user

This is the case for the "User" value in this property.

When you set this property a temporal key is created, this key has a timeout which is configured in the GAM.UserAutomaticActivationTimeout property in hours.

You can see  a sample code in the GAMCheckUserActivationMethod object.

There are two ways to send the account activation key to the user:

1. GAM sends the email with the URL and the account activation key:

If &Repository.UserActivationMethod = GAMUserActivationMethod.User
    &User.SendEmailToActivateAccount(&Application, &LinkURL, &Errors)
    If &Errors.Count = 0
        &Message = new()
        &Message.Type = MessageTypes.Warning
        &Message.Description = "The account was created successfully, an email was sent with instructions to activate your account!"
        GAMConvertErrorsToMessages(&Errors, &Messages)

See Account Activation Object property

2. Developer can program how activation key is sent to user:

If &Repository.UserActivationMethod = GAMUserActivationMethod.User
   &ActivactionKey = &User.GetActivationKey(&Errors)
   // Send an email to the user (*)
   Do 'DisplayMessages'

(*) to activate the user account, send an email to the user including a URL like the following: http://server/app/webpanel_ActivateAccount.aspx?&ActivactionKey.
&ActivactionKey is the key used to activate the account and it is received as a parameter.

In webpanel_ActivateAccount, activate the user's account using the GAMRepository.ActivateUser method with the &ActivationKey received as a parameter. The sample code is as follows:

Event Start
    &isOK = GAMRepository.ActivateUser(&ActivactionKey, True, &Errors)
    If &isOK
       Msg("Your user account was successfully activated !!")
       Do 'DisplayMessages'

Account activation confirmed by the Administrator

The GAM administrator user may activate the account by executing the GAM Web Backoffice, editing the user properties, and checking or unchecking "Account is active".


You can do it also via code, using the GAM API:

&User.Isactive= TRUE
If &User.Success()
     &Errors = &User.GetErrors()
      For &Error in &Errors
           Msg(Format(!"%1 (GAM%2)", &Error.Message, &Error.Code))

The IsActive property Indicates if the user account is active; it can only be set to TRUE as explained above in this document.

See also

User Automatic Activate TimeOut property