The {user} and {created_by} Merge Tag

About {created_by}

The {created_by} Merge Tag allows you to display details of the entry creator. It supports all the functionality of the Gravity Forms and uses the same structure as the {user} Merge Tag documented on the Gravity Forms website.

Difference between {user} and {created_by}

The {user} shortcode displays information about the currently logged-in user.

The {created_by} displays information about the entry creator, if there is one.


The user must be logged in when the entry is submitted. If the user was not logged in when creating the entry, {created_by} will be empty. You can wrap {created_by} with a [gvlogic] shortcode to check for the its existence.

  • {created_by:ID} - Displays the user ID of the entry creator
  • {user:display_name} - Displays the Display Name of the submitting user.
  • {user:user_email} - Displays the email of the submitting user.
  • {user:user_login} - Displays the user login of the submitting user. {user:user_login}
  • {user:[meta_key]} - Displays the value of whatever user meta key is provided. Any user meta (including custom user meta) can be displayed with this merge tag. Below are a few examples of how this merge tag can be used.


You can add this code to a Custom Content field to link to the entry creator's User Profile page in the WordPress Dashboard: