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Check if user is in group

Use LINQ to check if user is in a group. Create an extension method.

public static bool InGroup(this SPUser user, SPGroup group)
  return user.Groups.Cast<SPGroup>()
    .Any(g => g.ID == group.ID);

EDIT 2011-01-22: There is a shortcoming of this method. You won’t get a user which is in group through a AD group. You’ll get only users and ad groups. But there is another method to check if a user is inside an AD group.

How could we combine them?…

I think we must start from group this time, not from user:

public static bool HasUser(this SPGroup user, SPUser user)
	var users = group.Users.Cast();
	var samAccount = Regex.Replace(user.LoginName, @".*\\(.*)", "$1", RegexOptions.None);
	var exists = users.Any(u => u.LoginName.Equals(user.LoginName));
	if (!exists)
		var ctx = new PrincipalContext(ContextType.Domain);
		foreach (var u in users)
			var login = u.LoginName;
			var groupName = Regex.Replace(login, @".*\\(.*)", "$1", RegexOptions.None);
			var grp = GroupPrincipal.FindByIdentity(ctx, IdentityType.Name, groupName);
			if (grp == null) continue;
			var principals = grp.GetMembers(true);
			exists = principals.Any(p => p.SamAccountName.Equals(samAccount, 
			if (exists) break;
	return exists;

Using Regex to get the samAccount from loginname is taken from the awesome answer on StackOverflow.

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