How to get the account username using MATLAB?

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I am talking about the username, not the host or computer name. For instance, if you are working on Google Drive, your Drive folder will be under C://users/USERNAME. I am talking about that USERNAME part. :)
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Ramnath Natarajan
Ramnath Natarajan on 19 Jul 2022
If u run command prompt (windows button + R ------> type 'cmd' and press 'Enter'), the default command line shows the username (image below)

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Chuck on 21 Feb 2016
Edited: Chuck on 21 Feb 2016
Found it! :) It's extremely straight-forward.
Let me post it here for those who are struggling to find:
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 29 Mar 2019
Which operating system, Ram? The solution for Windows is likely to be quite different than Linux or Mac.
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 29 Mar 2019
Note that the solutions might be different for network login situations.
For Mac it looks like you could use
[status, fullname] = system('id -F')
but watch out as it will include line terminator

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 21 Feb 2016
To get the folder, you can use
userProfile = getenv('USERPROFILE');
Ashish Sheikh
Ashish Sheikh on 16 Mar 2020
I guess this is for Windows .. Do you by chance know how to get the userprofile on linux and mac ?
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 16 Mar 2020
Mac and Linux do not have user profile. See

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Eran on 20 Jan 2022
Edited: Image Analyst on 19 Jul 2022
userName = char(java.lang.System.getProperty(''))
userName = 'mluser'
Steven Lord
Steven Lord on 11 Oct 2022
@Francisco Sacchetti What are you hoping or planning to do with that information in a web app?
Francisco Sacchetti
Francisco Sacchetti on 12 Oct 2022
Edited: Francisco Sacchetti on 12 Oct 2022
I found a path:
  • Enable SSL on the server. For more information, see Enable SSL.
  • Enable authentication on the server. For more information, see Authentication.
And then you can use compiler.UserInfo() to get the infromation of the user.
I want to first to track who is using the app, also it will be nice to adapt the app depending on the users.

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