Community Tip - Best Practices for Changing Your Username & Account Name


Use Case
Try the suggestions in this Community Tip for best practices when attempting to update your Cloudflare user name on the Cloudflare Community and Cloudflare Customer Support as well as how to change your real name on your Cloudflare Account and how to change your Cloudflare Account Name.

When you sign up for Cloudflare with an email address that looks like [email protected], your Cloudflare Community and Cloudflare Customer Support usernames will be “username” and your Cloudflare Account Name will be Username’s Cloudflare Account.

How To Suggestions

  1. To change your Cloudflare Community username. Navigate to the :gear: icon by your image and select the :pencil: icon to edit your user name. Your Preferences page is located at: (replace “USERNAME” with your Community username). You can change your Community user name for three months from the time you create your Community account. After that, login to Cloudflare and then contact Cloudflare Support to have your Community user name changed. Please include your first and second options for your desired user name. Better yet, make sure the name you want is available, go to this address, replace USERNAME with your desired user name[USERNAME]. If you see a page with “Oops! That page doesn’t exist or is private,” the name is available.

  2. To change your Cloudflare Customer Support username. The username you use to interact with Cloudflare Customer Support is generated from the local-part of the email address you used to create your Cloudflare account (the part to the left of @). To change your Customer Support username, login to Cloudflare and contact Cloudflare Support and ask Customer Support to change your username. Please include your first and second options for your desired user name.

  3. To Change your Account Name. If your account is named something like [email protected] or Username, login to your Cloudflare account and select Configurations from the main menu. From the Configurations menu in the Account Name section, click “Change Name” to change your Account Name.

  4. To change the name on your Cloudflare account. From a Terminal, call the Cloudflare API with your email address, password, API key, and desired name. The syntax of the cURL command varies slightly based on your operating environment:


curl -X PATCH "" -H "X-Auth-Email: [email protected]" -H "X-Auth-Key: " -H "Content-Type: application/json" --data '{"first_name":"FIRST","last_name":"LAST"}'


curl -X PATCH "" -H "X-Auth-Email: [email protected]" -H "X-Auth-Key: " -H “Content-Type: application/json” --data “{“first_name”:“FIRST”,“last_name”:“LAST”}”

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If You Need More Help
This community of other Cloudflare users may be able to assist you, if not, login to Cloudflare and then contact Cloudflare Support. When you contact support, make sure to include as much of this information as possible: the specific goal you are trying to accomplish, screen shot of any issues you’re seeing, steps to reproduce the error, and HAR file(s). Please indicate which username you’d like changed to help Customer Support help you.

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If you get a ‘Malformed JSON Request’ error on Windows, you may need to escape the " with a \ as explained in this Stack Overflow post.

For example:

curl -X PATCH "" -H "X-Auth-Email: [email protected]" -H "X-Auth-Key: " -H “Content-Type: application/json” --data “{\“first_name\”:\“FIRST\”,\“last_name\”:\“LAST\”}”

This is the only way I could get this command to work for me.