Troubleshooting Rights Extension

  1. Things Need to Check First
  2. Troubleshoot

Rights is one of user interface for Yii's Role Base Access Control extension. It is one of most downloaded extensions in Yii's Web.

Sometime developers might encounter errors or incomprehensive messages from Rights while implementing it. While there is a thread dedicated to solve the Rights problems, but because it already grown to big, I decide to collect common problems with their solutions into one wiki so it will be easier for everyone to check.

Things Need to Check First

  • UserIdentity class has been override to return user id instead username.
  • Make sure you have given CREATE TABLE access to the database user that are going to connect the Web App with the database. Rights needs to create table on first install.
  • Make sure you have signed in as superuser or admin before running Rights instalation.
  • You need a model named User. If you have a user table but with another name, change the Rights configuration
    'userClass' => 'AnotherName',
  • The user table MUST NOT contain field named "name" or it will conflict with Rights
  • If you inherit CWebUser, make sure the class doesn't have a method named "getName()"



Need to change the table name for the sake of consistency


Add the code to 'authManager' in the Yii configuration files:

'authManager' => array(
    'class' => 'RDbAuthManager',
    'assignmentTable' => 'authassignment',
    'itemTable' => 'authitem',
    'itemChildTable' => 'authitemchild',
    'rightsTable' => 'rights',


Got message: Filter "rights" is invalid. Controller "XyzController" does not have the filter method "filterrights"."


You must extend the controller class from RController. The easiest way is change the code at /protected/components/Controller.php

class Controller extends RController


Got message: "Property "CWebApplication.rights" is not defined."


It seems you have forgot to include "rights" in the Yii's module configuration. Please consult to documentation.


The Guest seems like not working.


Add following setting to the Yii configuration file:

'authManager' => array(