How to Find Your Steam ID

Locate your profile ID and get back to gaming.

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 reasons why you would need to have a SteamID on hand:

  • To find the community profile associated with a given user.
  • To access web forums that require or allow SteamIDs.
  • To contest a ban or some other account action with Steam or Valve.
  • To report cheating or inappropriate behavior to Steam, Valve, or another company.

Ways to Find a Steam ID

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

  • 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 for 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 be found in the web address of your Steam community profile.

You do have to change a setting in Steam for your SteamID to be displayed 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. Select View > Settings.

    A screenshot of the View menu in Steam.
  3. Select Interface, then make sure the checkbox for Display Steam URL address bar when available is checked.

    A screenshot of the Steam settings menu.
  4. Select 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 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 select 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 you will need 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 makes Steam, so user names often overlap.

This method allows you to see your own SteamID and the SteamIDs of other players that are connected to the same server. 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 ~ (tilde) key to open the console.

    A screenshot of the TF2 console.
  4. Type "status," then select 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 console window.

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