Request/User object is null in Controller constructor in ASP.NET MVC

Posted by Sheonarayan under Error and Solution on 7/15/2014 | Points: 10 | Views : 5988 | Status : [Administrator] | Replies : 0


I was trying to access the User object in Controller constructor so that I can get the logged in username in the constructor, but the User object was coming as null and as a result I was getting Null reference exception.


The solution of this problem is to create an override method of Initialize by passing RequestContext object.
public class ChartsController : Controller
string _userName = string.Empty;
protected override void Initialize(System.Web.Routing.RequestContext requestContext)

if (requestContext.HttpContext.User.Identity.IsAuthenticated)
_userName = requestContext.HttpContext.User.Identity.Name;

and then we can access the User object. The same is applicable for Session or any other object inside HttpContext.

Hope this helps.


Sheo Narayan


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