How to get current user, and how to use User class in MVC5?


  • How can I get the id of the currently logged in user in MVC 5? I tried the StackOverflow suggestions, but they seem to be not for MVC 5.
  • Also, what is the MVC 5 best practice of assigning stuff to the users? (e.g. a User should have Items. Should I store the User's Id in Item? Can I extend the User class with an List<Item> navigation property?

I'm using "Individual User Accounts" from the MVC template.

Tried these:

'Membership.GetUser()' is null.

This question is tagged with c#

~ Asked on 2013-08-26 16:25:32

The Best Answer is


If you're coding in an ASP.NET MVC Controller, use

using Microsoft.AspNet.Identity;



Worth mentioning that User.Identity.IsAuthenticated and User.Identity.Name will work without adding the above mentioned using statement. But GetUserId() won't be present without it.

If you're in a class other than a Controller, use


In the default template of MVC 5, user ID is a GUID stored as a string.

No best practice yet, but found some valuable info on extending the user profile:

~ Answered on 2013-08-26 19:15:44


Try something like:

var store = new UserStore<ApplicationUser>(new ApplicationDbContext());
var userManager = new UserManager<ApplicationUser>(store);
ApplicationUser user = userManager.FindByNameAsync(User.Identity.Name).Result;

Works with RTM.

~ Answered on 2013-11-06 13:09:23

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