LKBEN11502: How to find the current user from a cmd or powershell


You need to find out the actual user logged on


Needed because the UserName is not always shown properly on Windows


To find the logged on username from a cmd you use:

echo %username%

If this is not a local account, you still need to find the domain. This can be done with:

echo %userdomain%

To find this information with powershell, we need different commands:

Write-Host $(whoami)

To find just the username or just the domain:

Write-Host $env:UserName




Write-Host $env:UserDomain



Have fun.


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About the Author

Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience, including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform.

Latest update: 11/02/2021 | Comment: