How to Find Your Steam ID

Locate your profile ID and get back to the games

A Steam user locating their SteamID in the Steam client.

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When you create a Steam account, you are assigned a unique identifier that is known as a SteamID. This identifier never changes, which means you can change your Steam profile name as much as you want without the SteamID changing.

What Are SteamIDs For?

SteamID is used primarily to identify individual users on Steam. Since Steam users are able to change their profile names at any time, SteamID is the best way to tell whether a user is actually the person they claim to be.

Here are some of the main reasons you might need to find your SteamID or someone else's SteamID:

  • You can use a SteamID to find the community profile associated with that user.
  • Some internet forums allow you to enter your SteamID.
  • You may need to provide your SteamID to Valve, or another company, to protest a ban or other account action.
  • You may need to provide someone else's SteamID to Valve, or another company, to report cheating.

Ways to Find a Steam ID

There are three main ways to find your SteamID or the SteamID of a friend or another person:

  • Look in the Steam client: This is an easy way to find your own SteamID.
  • Use an online lookup tool: This is the best way to find a SteamID if the owner of the ID has a custom universal resource locator (URL).
  • Use the console in a Valve game: This is the best way to find the SteamID of someone while you are playing a game, but it only works on people you are playing with.

How to Find Your SteamID in the Steam Client

The easiest way to find your own SteamID is to look at your profile, or your main community hub page, in the Steam client. Your SteamID can actually be found in the web address of your Steam community profile.

You do have to change a setting in Steam for your SteamID to show up, but that's the most difficult part.

If you have created a custom Steam URL, this option won't work. You will need to use a lookup tool. If you're not sure whether or not you have a custom URL, then complete the following steps to find out.

  1. Open your Steam client and log in.

    A screenshot of Steam.
  2. Click View > Settings.

    A screenshot of the View menu in Steam.
  3. Click Interface, and then make sure the Display Steam URL address bar when available option is checked.

    A screenshot of the Steam settings menu.
  4. Click your username.

    A screenshot of Steam.
  5. Examine the URL bar.

    A screenshot displaying a SteamID.
  6. If you see your username in the URL instead of a number, then you have a custom URL set, and you will need to use a different method to obtain your SteamID.

How to Use a SteamID Lookup Tool to Find a SteamID

If you have a custom URL for your Steam profile, then the easiest way to figure out your SteamID is to use a lookup tool. These tools are capable of obtaining a SteamID from a custom Steam URL or the username from a custom Steam URL.

Most of these tools also allow you to enter a SteamID to obtain the SteamID3 and SteamID64 that are associated with that account.

Here's how to find a SteamID using a lookup tool:

  1. Open your favorite web browser, and navigate to steamidfinder.com.

    A screenshot of a SteamID finder website.

    This website is not operated by Valve, but Valve does recommend it.

  2. Enter the username you use for your custom Steam URL into the text field, and click Get SteamID.

    A screenshot of a username entered into a SteamID finder website.

    You can also enter your entire custom URL.

  3. Examine the results to determine your SteamID.

    A screenshot of a SteamID being generated from a custom URL on a SteamID finder website.
  4. This tool provides your ID in three different forms. The SteamID64 is the one that you will need the most often, but some situations will require you to know your SteamID or SteamID3 instead.

How to Find a User's SteamID in Team Fortress 2 and Other Games

The last way to find a SteamID is to use a game like Team Fortress 2 or Counter-Strike that uses either the GoldSrc or Source engine. These games are made by Valve, and Valve also makes Steam, which is why this method works.

This method allows you to see your own SteamID and the SteamIDs of the other players that are connected to the same server as you. If you're looking for the SteamID of someone you played with previously, this method will not work.

Here's how to find a SteamID in a game like Team Fortress 2:

  1. Launch a Valve game that runs on the GoldSrc or Source engine.

    Games that work include Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, and Half-Life.

  2. Enable the developer console.

    A screenshot of the TF2 advanced options menu.

    

  3. Press the ~ key to open the console.

    A screenshot of the TF2 console.
  4. Type status, and click Submit.

    A screenshot of finding a SteamID using the TF2 console.
  5. Locate the player you are interested in, and you will find their SteamID in the uniqueid column.

    This is an easy way to find your own SteamID, but it also allows you to find the SteamID of anyone you're playing with

  6. Use a tool like steamidfinder.com if you need to convert the SteamID into a SteamID3 or SteamID64.