Linux whoami Command


In this tutorial we will learn how to use whoami command in Linux.

whoami is a command which the user name associated with the current effective user ID. This command similar to running id command with -un option.

whoami Syntax

whoami [OPTION]...

Getting help for whoami

To get help for whoami command we can run the command below.

whoami --help
Linux whoami command - help

We can also read man page and infopage for whoami by running the command below.

man whoami
linux whoami command - man page
info whoami
Linux whoami command - info page

Invoking whoami

to run whoami, we can just run whoami with no option, it will print our username. For example:

$ whoami

Linux whoami Command Source Code

You can find whoami command source code from the following repositories:


In this tutorial we learn how to use whoami command in Linux with practical examples. Visit our Linux Commands guide to learn more about using command line interface in Linux.

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