Can someone please help me understand the use and difference between aspnet_Users, aspnet_Profile and aspnet_Membership tables in Sitecore?

And what sequence Sitecore follows to create user I mean does it 1st create user in aspnet_Users then Profile in aspnet_Profile and then uses aspnet_Membership?

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To understand this subject better, it's best if you learn how ASP.Net Membership works first using Microsoft documentation:


The 3 tables you ask for, when you work with Sitecore:

  1. aspnet_Users - it only stores users. The following columns:
  • UserId (to match with other tables),
  • UserName and -LastActivityDatecolumns are the only ones that most probably will be ever important to you.
  1. aspnet_Profile table contains additional values for users. It has following columns:
  • UserId to match users from aspnet_Users table
  • PropertyNames containing names of the properties and their positions and size in other columns
  • PropertyValuesString - containing values of string properties
  • PropertyValuesBinary - containing values of properties which are not stored as strings.
  1. aspnet_Membership table contains plenty of columns but you should be only interested in those:
  • UserId - to match users from aspnet_Users table
  • Password - encoded password
  • Email
  • IsApproved
  • IsLockedOut

Knowing that, when you create a new user, Sitecore creates entries in all 3 tables in one SQL transaction (or at least one right after another). It creates row for user details in aspnet_Users, stores password and email in aspnet_Membership table and saves some properties like first name and last name in aspnet_Profile table.

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