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How do I see what my username is?

In the activity stream widget on my dashboard it says I can filter by username, but I don't see that field anywhere in my profile. No matter what I put there it just comes back with a blank list

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Brant Schroeder Community Leader Oct 11, 2018

In the cloud product username is no longer displayed under the profile. ( You can still see it on server.  If you need a username to filter off of then you will just need to find a comment, project or issue where the user is listed. Easiest way is to create an issue filter and find the user that way.  Once you found the user you can hover over their name and in the url at the bottom of the browser you should see "name=THEUSERNAME" or "~THEUSERNAME".  Just use the username that you found in the URL and the filter will work.

That works, thanks

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After hovering over the name the url at the bottom doesn't have these formats "name=THEUSERNAME" or "~THEUSERNAME".

the format is "$$$$$$"

Does "------" represent the username?

This isn't working for Jira Cloud as of March 2020.

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It's May 2020 and this is broken.  I am using the "Activity Stream" in my custom Dashboard and I wanted to add a `Username` `is` filter to just get my own stream and the input for that does not have autocomplete.  The accepted answer no longer works

I did finally figure out a way though, but it's not simple. I had to open up the chrome devtools and inspect the XHR results of stream data that had my info it. I kept having to "load more" in my activity stream in the dashboard until I saw one of my recent activities pop up (I had a lot of other people's from my job showing up before I saw mine, you might not experience that)

I was able to finally see this


I would try just using a lowercased first name, if that doesn't work, do what I did. 

Very annoyed with Atlassian. Why did I have to jump through hoops to get this. 

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I would try your email address that you sign in to Jira with minus everything from @ forward.


Username: myname

This worked for me.

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Wow! Great find Tom.

I did this in my dashboard with the Activity Stream gadget, changing the filter to "Username" "is" "firstpartofemailaddress" and it started working!



Like Yatish Madhav likes this

I had to use my full work email address (with which I am registered in Jira) and it worked in the plugin that was requesting it.

@Francisco_Gutierrez great tip with the XHR stream, thank you! 

FYI, in case anyone is looking for the username for the "Automation for Jira" user (to filter it out from activity streams), it's: addon_com.codebarrel.addons.automation

Do you know if we can filter on more than one user to search issues


Here is my 2 cents if people are still looking for username.

Step 1: add "Activity Stream" widget to dashboard without any filter.

Step 2: click the "Feed" icon to switch to feed view

Screen Shot 2020-11-30 at 9.55.39 PM.png

Step 3: search for word: username

You might find other people's username, but it is good enough for you to work out yours.

It will be in the same format. ie. xyz123 or


Btw, it took me two attempts in two separates nights and spent long time with our friend Google to reach above solution. It worked for me, hopefully it will save you some time.


This worked for me!
I'll add, some usernames look like ug: followed by a bunch of hexadecimal numbers and dashes. Also you can search for `<usr:username>` to narrow it down to just the username tags.

I cannot use these instructions for the Cloud version. When I hover over, the accountId is a 25 character UID string, not a user-facing username. I tried entering the string in the filter field, but it did not work. Maybe an update was committed in the last year that changed the url link?

Quick update - Apparently the UID string is the accountId implemented to accommodate GDPR. I opened ticket JST-528217 for a very specific use case.

So the question remains - how can I create an activity filter that matches my "username" when the UID doesn't work?

Like Arslan Sajid likes this

None of the suggestions on this page work for me to get the "Activity Stream" widget working.  On my own company's Jira instance, the widget is working with "josh" (the part of the email to the left of the @ ) as the username.  On another company's Jira instance, that doesn't work.

After opening huge number of links I must say here: it is really awful that finding usernames is so difficult. Looks like developers wanted to joke in such way. Is it a quest? Or another play?

After spending plenty of time I ended up with nothing. It is really awful and frustrating. I can find any developing relating question just in few minutes. It is just username!

Hi @Yaroslav Vavrysh ,

it took me forever to make a REST API work, but the basic auth does not use the old username and password, following the answer from it worked for me with email and API Token instead:


curl -u <email>:<token> https://<account><issue>

The API token has to be generated, see

Edit: forgot a "not" and that was making my statement confusing 

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I am having a lot of trouble with getting our API working.
I have an API token, but when I try curl or postman or python using my email token I get the following error:
{"errorMessages":["Issue does not exist or you do not have permission to see it."],"errors":{}}

Any help would be great, I seem to be getting nowhere with all other suggestions on other posts.

Hi all - Cound someone please confirm if the username is indeed the username of the email (qweasd IN qweasd@rtyfgh.uio)? I would like create filters or get issues by reporter or assignee and use the username instead of acc Id. Please advise?

Please see my comment, above, from 29th July where I expanded on what Tom originally found, and have provided a screenshot of setting up the activity stream component. It may be that there are other places which won't work using this value - see @Daniel Stefaniak's comment from 29th July to which I responded.

Thanks @Phil Weighill-Smith ... I did have a look at the comments. I wonder if it is a reliable and exact usage in place of acc id. If not, I might not use it ... but just needed to make sure of that. I used it for my user and a few others and seems to work.

It is not documented or deep in the docco - hence I commented here on it too.

Hey @Yatish Madhav - If you only need it for the use of filters, I would recomend a workaround.

In your Jira search query, make sure you are in the Baisc mode (as oposed to JQL). Then select any regular "user field" such as "Assignee" or "Reporter". In the dropdown list select any users that you wish to add to your custom filter.
After that just click "Switch to JQL" and you should see the previously selected users represented by 'JQL values' (not sure how to call it). You know, some string or an actual name etc. The thing is - regardless of how it looks - it is what you need and you can copy & paste it to other filters.

Alternativaly you can check users one by one to not mix up the users' Display Names with their representations in JQL.

Hope that helps. Cheers.

Still cannot find this on Jira Cloud, in July 2020. I've found this 2018 article on the Atlassian blog:

Say goodbye to usernames in Atlassian Cloud. Feelsbad.

Try the email address with which you are subscribed in Google Cloud.

(Specifically the part before the "@" as explained by Tom Watson on Jul 02, 2020)

Hello, thanks for the good will folks. I didn't write to get any help. After I've searched the forum and confluence, and eventually found the article, I just thought I'll share it so future me-like newbies could skip the searching part :)
But hey, I never reject the helping hand!

I've tried just now, what you've suggested and neither the full e-mail address, nor just the part before "@" works for me. Here's a new thought: perhaps the issue lays in the "where" and not "what".

I'm trying to use the username value in an Atlassian dashboard gadget called "Activity Stream" to filter out my own activities.
I've tested various inputs in the box that is supposed to support username but regardless of what I write there - the gadget goes blank (no results) after saving the settings.

Do you have any thoughts on that?

Hi Daniel,

This is exactly what I wanted to use this for too. In defining my dashboard with the activity stream component I did the following:


The value is the first part of the email address for my account that I login with. So if my address was "" then the value is "phil.w".

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Hey, it works! I've just tried it on a user I have not tried it before and it worked. Still does not work with me and one other user - apparently I don't remember my own e-mail :)

Thanks a lot for the help, I'll have to handle the rest myself.

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