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Admin UI - User Registration Options

Your registration options in XNAT will be dictated by the type of XNAT you plan to run. Are you setting up a publicly-accessible data repository like XNAT Central? Or a tightly-controlled data gathering and QC application for a multi-site study, like IntraDB for the Human Connectome Project? Your PI's business goals will need to be reflected in these registration options.

Welcome emails sent to newly registered users are now editable in the "Notification Emails" control panel. See Notifications and Alerts in XNAT

Setting / Property Name



Require Email Verification to Register?


This determines whether users will need to verify the email address that they enter when registering before being able to use the site.

  • If set to 'Required', then newly registered users will receive an email with a link they can use to verify that the email they registered with is an email they have access to.

  • If set to 'Not Required', then no verification emails will be sent and users will not be required to verify their email before using their account.


Auto-enable User Registration?


This determines whether new user accounts will be enabled automatically when the user registers.

  • If set to 'Auto-enable', users will be able to access the site and view public projects immediately after registering (and after verifying their email if email verification is required).

  • If set to 'Do Not Auto-enable', then the site administrator will have to manually enable newly registered users before they are able to use the site.

Do Not Auto-enable

Auto-enable with Project Access Request?


This determines whether users who register in the course of accepting project access requests should be treated differently to users who register normally.

  • If set to 'Auto-enable', user accounts created when accepting project access requests will always be enabled (and verified) automatically.

  • If set to 'Do Not Auto-enable', user accounts will only be enabled automatically if "Auto-enable User Registration?" is true.


Allow User Comments on Registration?


This determines whether there will be a text box on the user registration page enabling users to enter comments when they register. Comments can be used by the site admin in determining whether to enable the new user's account or determining what to give the user access to.

  • If set to 'Allow', a comment text box will show up on registration and any comments entered will be sent to the site administrator when notifying them of the new user registration.

  • If set to 'Do Not Allow', then there will not be any text box in which users can enter comments when registering.


Site-wide config properties can be accessed via REST at /xapi/siteConfig/values/{property-name}.

Site-wide config properties can be access programmatically in Velocity via $siteConfig.{property-name}.

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