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posix_getpwnam — Returns information about a user from the system user database (POSIX.1, 9.2.2)


array posix_getpwnam(username);
string username: Username of user record to fetch


An array of user information, or FALSE on error.


This function returns information about the user whose username is given in username . On Unix-style systems this information will typically be held in the /etc/passwd file. The information is presented in an associated array with the following structure:

  • name: The username.

  • passwd: Contents of the passwd field (may be x or similar on systems with shadow passwords enabled).

  • uid: The user ID.

  • gid: The group ID.

  • gecos: Contents of the GECOS field; intended to hold the user's real name. GECOS stands for 'General Electric Comprehensive Operating System', for historical reasons.

  • dir: The user's home directory.

  • shell: The user's login shell (e.g. /bin/bash).


PHP 3.0.13+, PHP 4.0b4+


Example 1076. Getting user information by username

if (FALSE === ($pwinfo = posix_getpwnam('torben'))) {
    echo "Could not get user information.\n";
} else {
    echo "User information:\n";

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