The title says it all. What command I need to run from a terminal to find my user ID (UID)?


5 Answers 5


There are a couple of ways:

  1. Using the id command you can get the real and effective user and group IDs.

     id -u <username>

    If no username is supplied to id, it will default to the current user.

  2. Using the shell variable. (It is not an environment variable, and thus is not available in env).

     echo $UID
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    How about GID ?
    – kangear
    Oct 29, 2015 at 1:11
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    @kangear id -g <username>
    – itsazzad
    Dec 18, 2015 at 15:23
  • It's worth noting that, due to the fact that the variables are resolved before being passed to a command, we have that sudo echo ${UID} prints out 1000 (or whatever your sudoer user's UID is), whereas sudo id -u prints out 0.
    – adentinger
    Dec 19, 2018 at 20:33
  • The username is optional, defaulting to yourself. Maybe square brackets would be better for indicating this, instead of angle brackets.
    – mwfearnley
    May 13, 2019 at 15:44
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    The second part of this answer is wrong. The variable in question is explicitly not an environment variable. It's a shell variable. Big difference. You can see this with echo $UID versus env|grep ^UID in Bash, for example. This means in particular that the first method is more robust and the second will only work in shell scripts, not - say - in something like Python (python -c 'import os; print(os.environ)' to see the environment). Dec 16, 2020 at 15:39

Simply try


This will return your user ID, group ID, and all your groups.

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    or id -u to see just the UID May 17, 2014 at 13:21
  • Yepp. Prefer Jobin's answer, if you need to avoid parsing the output.
    – TAq
    May 17, 2014 at 13:25
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    so much easier with id -u and id -g. Thanks. :)
    – thoroc
    Aug 3, 2017 at 17:00

Try also :

getent passwd username

This will display user id , group id and home directory .


grep username /etc/passwd
  • why to try long or alternative command while echo $UID and id -u is simple and exact according to question?
    – Pandya
    May 17, 2014 at 13:37
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    thats right , but its good to know all options
    – nux
    May 17, 2014 at 13:38

You can use id command.



Get the User ID (UID) and Group ID (GID) for the running user

id -u  # user ID (UID)
id -g  # group ID (GID)

Example run and output for the active user (myself):

$ id -u
$ id -g

and for the root user (via sudo):

$ sudo id -u
[sudo] password for gabriel: 
$ sudo id -g

Note that the first user is generally 1000 for both the UID and GID, and the root user is generally 0 for both the UID and GID.

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