How To Find Your Discord User ID
Last Updated: June 19, 2020
Your Discord User ID is a unique numerical identifier used to identify you within Discord’s audit logs and within the system itself. It, along with messages, DMs, channels and servers all have unique IDs to help the system function and help audit logs mean anything at all. You could go years without ever knowing any of these but if you ever do need to find your Discord User ID, this tutorial shows you how.
Even though I have managed servers and been an admin on others, I have never had cause to know my Discord User ID. I have been fortunate enough to not need to trawl audit logs or have to refer anyone to Discord using the ID. I may be one of the lucky ones but it means I had to learn myself how to find the Discord User ID before I could write this tutorial properly.
As I tend to use the desktop app, this tutorial uses that. If you use mobile, similar functions will likely be in similar places.
The Discord User ID
The Discord User ID is a numerical string that is unique to every user. It is used by the system’s back-end to process your chat and voice and to create logs of everything you do. If you have ever seen audit logs or had to explain something around a particular chat, it will have been identified by these IDs.
To be able to identify your Discord User ID you need to have Developer Mode enabled on your app.
On PC, do this:
- Open Discord and log in.
- Select the gear icon by your username to access User Settings.
- Select Appearance from the left menu.
- Scroll to Developer Mode and toggle it to on.
This isn’t like a Firestick where having developer mode enabled will leave you open to hacking. This is just a setting that gives you a little more access to the back-end of Discord. You will need it to begin accessing IDs for things which is why we need it enabled.
Identify your own Discord User ID
To find your own Discord User ID, you just need to right click your own name in chat or in a channel list and select Copy ID. Paste it somewhere to see it in the clear. Mine is an 18 digit number.
- Log into a Discord Channel
- Right click your username in chat or channel list.
- Select Copy ID.
- Paste the ID somewhere to see it.
I have used Discord for years now and have never needed to see or know my User ID. I will hopefully go many more years without needing to see it again. I hope it’s the same for you!
Identify someone else’s Discord User ID
As well as finding out your own Discord User ID, you can also identify the ID of other users. It is exactly the same process as above. Right click their username, only this time, you can only do it in the channel list on the right. Select Copy ID and paste it somewhere to see it in the clear. It should be a similar 18 digit number to your own ID.
Find someone by Discord User ID
If you have someone’s Discord User ID, you can find them and their messages from within the desktop app to show their activity within a channel. You cannot perform a search outside of a channel or server using User ID as far as I know.
- Right click a username in chat or channel list.
- Select Copy ID.
- Paste the ID in the search bar at the top of the Discord app to see their chats.
You should see a panel on the right showing all their chats over the session. It’s a small thing but if you’re a moderator or something I guess it could come in useful.
Identify a message ID
If you’re reporting a comment or chat to an admin, mod or to Discord themselves, you will likely be asked for the message ID. Every message in Discord generates a unique identifier that helps server owners and Discord themselves find conversations. It is used in complaints and could be useful to know.
If you need to record a message ID from the center chat window, do this:
Right click the line in chat and select Copy ID or left click, select the three dots on the right and select Copy ID.
Either of those will copy the unique message ID of that line of chat. If you check a few lines, you will see each has a unique identifier. Record any or all of them if you need to report something. The server owner or admin can check the audit logs and Discord can check their own logs much faster with the message ID.