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Release status: stable
Implementation Variable
Description Allows the current user's name to be put in a page
Author(s) Antoine Mercier-Linteau, Ejcaputo
Latest version 2.1 (2022-01-02)
Compatibility policy Snapshots releases along with MediaWiki. Master is not backward compatible.
MediaWiki 1.35+
License GNU General Public License 2.0

The GetUserName extension allows to obtain the current user's name from wgUser and insert it on a page.


When {{#USERNAME:}} is found in the page, it will replace it with the current user name.

The cache is invalidated for pages using this extension.
In the visual editor, {{#USERNAME}} will evaluate to your current IP address because session information is not preserved when Parsoid parses pages. This also mean template substitution does not work with this tag.


  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called GetUserName in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php :
    wfLoadExtension( 'GetUserName' );
  • Yes Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

To users running MediaWiki 1.24 or earlier:

The instructions above describe the new way of installing this extension using wfLoadExtension(). If you need to install this extension on these earlier versions (MediaWiki 1.24 and earlier), instead of wfLoadExtension( 'GetUserName' );, you need to use:

require_once "$IP/extensions/GetUserName/GetUserName.php";

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