How do I get the username on the current layer PostGIS in QGIS 3.16.2-Hannover? We tried examples: Getting active PostgreSQL connection username when stored through authentication configuration in QGIS 3, but they don't work.

When running this script, variable username is empty:

layer = iface.activeLayer()
provider = layer.dataProvider()
username = QgsDataSourceUri(provider.dataSourceUri()).username()
print (username)

This is result of provider.dataSourceUri()):

<QgsDataSourceUri: dbname='postgres' host= localhost port=5432 sslmode=disable key='id' srid=4326 type=Point checkPrimaryKeyUnicity='1' table="locations"."airlines" (geom)>

The value of the username is missing, the question is how to get the username for the current layer?

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    What does "they don't work" mean?
    – Ian Turton
    Commented Jan 9, 2021 at 18:55
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    I have tried it as well. I got also username is empty but the reason (in my case) I am connected with local credentials so there is no user and psw. Can you check if you see the 'user' when you print out provider.dataSourceUri()?
    – Nil
    Commented Jan 10, 2021 at 13:39
  • I don't understand: you are referring to a question that gives you the solution, doesn't it ?
    – dd_a
    Commented Jan 10, 2021 at 16:33
  • the solution to the question I am referring to does not answer my question. Function - QgsDataSourceUri(provider.dataSourceUri()).username() return empty string Commented Jan 11, 2021 at 8:05
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    @AndreySirbu what does it return if you call only provider.dataSourceUri()??
    – Nil
    Commented Jan 11, 2021 at 8:11

2 Answers 2


You can select your PostgreSQL user using the 'PostgreSQL Execute SQL' command in the Processing toolbox.


SELECT user;

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Maybe this have changed since version 3.16 but in 3.32 you can simply do:

layer = iface.activeLayer()
#dbname='data' host=localhost port=5432 user='postgres' 
#sslmode=disable key='id' estimatedmetadata=true srid=3006 
#type=MultiPolygon checkPrimaryKeyUnicity='1' table="lmv"."ok_ak_riks" (geom)

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