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How to identify the the current user on Powershell

22 April,2021 by Tom Collins

Question: I'm executing a Powershell Script . When I started the Powershell console , it was the "different user" option.





Within the powershell script - I want to check\confirm the current user executing the script.


Answer:  To identify the current user context utilising the powershell - you can use $env:username

Note: $env:USERNAME is predefined to reflect the current user's username, but is a read-write environment variable. This means it is possible to alter the value - so although it is predefined with the current user , it an be changed

$env:username = 'another_user'      would then display 'another_user'


To see a full list of environment variables use Get-Item -Path Env:

Learn  more on Powershell - Expand your Powershell mind – Three key cmdlets





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