One of the mainline features about ASP.NET Identity is to make it easy to Adding Email Confirmation. This process will send an email to the user with a link they can click on to confirm their registration and log in to the system. Prior to confirmation they will not be able to log in.


This post shows how you can adding email confirmation to ASP.NET Identity in MVC 5.

First I started by creating a new MVC 5 application.  You no longer select whether you want an Internet or Intranet application, you just select the MVC template and select the authentication type you want to use. For an Internet type application you select Individual User Accounts.  Once your web application is created open IdentityModels.cs in the Models directory.  You will see a class called ApplicationUser which is analogues to the UserProfile in SimpleMembership.  It is an empty class that inherits from IdentityUser which has these properties.

You must to modify the user information to store a the confirmation token and a flag indicating whether confirmation was completed or not.

Now let’s implement the method in the AccountMembershipService class:


Here, we’re setting the confirmationGuid to user. This is the GUID stored in the database that uniquely identifies the user. We then set the verifyUrl to the Verify action on the Account controller – passing the confirmationGuid as the ID parameter. The redirect to the RegisterStepTwo action just displays a view to the user that tells them to look for the email to complete the registration process.

Once the user gets the email they click on the link that will take us back to the controller action RegisterConfirmation. With that configured, when the user clicks the register button, they’ll be sent an email with the confirmation link it, and they’ll be redirected to the confirmation page. If we find a user we set IsConfirmed to true and return true from the method; otherwise we return false. If the user is confirmed they will be able to log in.

That is all there is to setting up email confirmation using ASP.NET Identity in MVC 5.