How to get user home directory on Windows

thebjorn BjornSteinarFjeldPettersen at
Sun Jan 13 16:01:49 CET 2008

On Jan 12, 6:50 pm, "Giampaolo Rodola'" <gne... at> wrote:
> Update.
> I found a way for getting the home directory of the user but it
> requires to validate the user by providing username+password:
> def get_homedir(username, password):
>     token = win32security.LogonUser(
>         username,
>         None,
>         password,
>         win32security.LOGON32_LOGON_NETWORK,
>         win32security.LOGON32_PROVIDER_DEFAULT
>         )
>     return win32profile.GetUserProfileDirectory(token)
> What I'd like to do is avoiding the requirement of the password, the
> same way as if I would on UNIX where it would be enough just using the
> pwd module:
>  >>> import pwd
>  >>> pwd.getpwnam('user').pw_dir
>  '/home/user'

Check out
for some of the complexities of special directories on Windows.

If you give more details on what you need to get done, someone might
come up with a better solution (my instinct tells me this might be a
database problem, but then I'm a database person so that might not be
terribly relevant ;-)

-- bjorn

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