This is the part of the code

        <span class="info_label">
        <?php echo JText::_( "JFORMS_FIELD_CREATED_BY_USERNAME" ); ?>
        </span>:<br />
        <?php echo $this->item->created_by; ?>

It obviously return user ID who submitted the form . How can I get username instead? Thanks

  • You could get this data from your model. You get "created_by" in your model, so just have a look where the username is saved and include it to your sql-query.
    – MyFault
    Aug 3, 2015 at 11:05

1 Answer 1


I'm not sure if this is for a custom component or a core Joomla component, but to get the author's name, you can simply use the following:

<?php echo $this->item->author; ?>

If the component has the option to select an alias for the author, then you should use this instead:

    $author = ($this->item->created_by_alias) ? $this->item->created_by_alias : $this->item->author; 
    echo $author;


    echo JFactory::getUser($this->item->created_by)->get('username');
  • this is a jForms component by Giro. Sorry forgot to mention Aug 3, 2015 at 11:14
  • and in the model I have : //Defines automatically the author of this element $table->created_by = JFactory::getUser()->get('id'); Aug 3, 2015 at 11:28
  • @OlegAgadjanyan - Please see my updated answer. You don't need to store the username in the database. You can get the username based on the ID you have stored and display it as shown.
    – Lodder
    Aug 3, 2015 at 11:32
  • It worked like a charm. Thank you !!! Another question . how can retrieve the rest of information. e.g. from User Profile (city/country/region) Aug 3, 2015 at 12:29
  • 1
    JUserHelper::getProfile($userId); Look at this answer for a complete example: joomla.stackexchange.com/a/902/154
    – fruppel
    Aug 3, 2015 at 12:38

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