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MediaWiki extensions manual
Release status: stable
Implementation Variable
Description Allows the current user's name to be put in a page
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 file:
    wfLoadExtension( 'GetUserName' );
  • Yes Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

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