Vanguard – Advanced PHP Login and User Management

Vanguard - Advanced PHP Login and User Management

Vanguard is PHP application, written in Laravel PHP framework, that allows website owners to quickly add and enable authentication, authorisation and user management to their website. It is designed following latest security and code standards and it is ready for high availability websites. Although it is written in Laravel, it can be used to provide secure login, authentication, authorization and complete user management for any PHP powered website. Vanguard also comes with fully documented JSON API which allows you to easily authenticate users from your mobile (or any other) application.

It comes with almost three hundred automated tests (functional and unit), that covers all vital parts of the application and the API and ensures it’s maintainability and stability.

Version 2.0.1


  • Secure user registration and login
  • Social Authentication using Facebook, Twitter and Google+
  • Password reset
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Remember Me feature on login
  • Login with email or username
  • Google reCAPTCHA on registration
  • Authentication Throttling (lock user account after few incorrect login attempts)
  • Interactive Dashboard
  • Unlimited number of user roles
  • Powerful admin panel
  • Unlimited number of permissions

    • Manage permissions from admin interface
    • Assign permission to roles
    • Easily check if user has permission to perform some action
  • JSON API to build any kind of applications around Vanguard
  • Super easy installation using installation wizard
  • User Activity Log
  • Avatar upload with crop feature
  • Built using Twitter Bootstrap
  • Active Sessions Management (see and manage all your active sessions)
  • Full unicode support
  • Client side and server side form validation
  • Fully customisable from settings section
  • Complete and detailed documentation
  • Fully object oriented and commented PHP and JavaScript code.
  • Localization support – Translate the application to any language (English, Serbian and German translations included)
  • Runs on PHP 5.6.4+ (including PHP 7)
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  • CSRF Protection – all forms include CSRF token
  • Session Protection – highly secure Laravel session mechanism
  • Highly secure one-way password hashing

Server Requirements

  • PHP >= 5.6.4 (including PHP 7)
  • OpenSSL PHP Extension
  • PDO PHP Extension
  • Mbstring PHP Extension
  • Tokenizer PHP Extension
  • XML PHP Extension
  • GD PHP Extension
  • Fileinfo PHP Extension

Demo and Documentation

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Check the docs for upgrade guide.

August 25, 2017 – Version 2.0.1
Fix installation issues from previous version
Update documentation
August 23, 2017 – Version 2.0.0
Add fully tested JSON API
Fix some minor glitches related to translation
May 1, 2017 – Version 1.3.3
Fix incompatibility issues between laravel-jsvalidation package and Laravel Framework version 5.4.19+
Fix issue where country is set to null after user logs in
April 12, 2017 – Version 1.3.2
Removed zizaco/entrust package and replaced with Vanguard's native mechanism for handling roles and permissions
$user->can() method now use Laravel's default authorization mechanism. For checking if user has permission defined by Vanguard, you should use $user->hasPermission('...').
March 06, 2017 – Version 1.3.1
Fixed installation issue
Fixed issue with FORCE_SSL
February 18, 2017 – Version 1.3.0
Laravel 5.4 upgrade
IMPORTANT: Fixed potential security issue with user avatar upload
Fixed issue to don't allow banned users to log in via social networks
Expanded and updated automated tests to cover all bugs and issues from above
September 30, 2016 – Version 1.2.1
Fixed bug when creating/updating users from admin panel without selected country
Fixed small typos on delete user confirmation popup
September 27, 2016 – Version 1.2.0
Updated to Laravel 5.3
InnoDB is now forced storage engine for MySQL database
Slightly improved design
E-Mail templates updated (now using Laravel 5.3 Notifications feature)
Fixed default country value
Fixed n+1 problem for activity page (added missing eager loading)
Fixed translation glitches
Added IIS configuration file
PHP 5.6.4 is now minimum PHP version required (Laravel 5.3 requirement)
PHP XML extension is now requirement (Laravel 5.3 requirement)
Updated and extended documentation
Dropped support for HHVM, since Laravel 5.3 does not support it
March 30, 2016 – Version 1.1.2
Add missing middleware to redirect user to install page if Vanguard is not installed
March 29, 2016 – Version 1.1.1
Added German translation files
Add translation for few missed strings
Fix some small bugs
March 15, 2016 – Version 1.1.0
Add localization support
Use social network profile image as default avatar after social auth
Fix problems with pagination while browsing search results for users and activities
Handle missing email from non-twitter social provider
February 18, 2016 – Version 1.0.4
Updated documentation
Added option to allow redirect to custom page after login
Disable access to login page for authenticated users
February 4, 2016 – Version 1.0.3
Updated documentation
Fixed css glitches
Added more tests
January 25, 2016 – Version 1.0.2
New design for error pages
Updated installer to require Fileinfo extension
January 22, 2016 – Version 1.0.1
Add missing configuration placeholder file
January 21, 2016 – Version 1.0.0
First release

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