ASP.NET Core v2.1: User Profile

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ASP.NET Core v2.1: User Profile

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By Andres Aguiar

This tutorial will show you how to get the user's profile and display it. We recommend you to Log in to follow this quickstart with examples configured for your account.

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  1. Get the Profile
  2. Display the User's Name in the Navigation Bar

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System requirements: .NET Core SDK 2.1.300 | .NET Core 2.1.0 | ASP.NET Core 2.1.0 | Visual Studio 2017 15.7 or Visual Studio Code (Optional)

Get the Profile

The OIDC middleware extracts the user's information from the ID Token and adds it as claims to the ClaimsIdentity.

The seed project contains a controller action and view which display the claims associated with a user. Once a user has logged in, you can go to /Account/Claims to see these claims.

You can create a custom user profile page for displaying a user's name, email address and profile image.

Create a view model containing the basic user profile information:

// ViewModels/UserProfileViewModel.cs

public class UserProfileViewModel
  public string EmailAddress { get; set; }

  public string Name { get; set; }

  public string ProfileImage { get; set; }

Add a new Profile action to the AccountController and extract the relevant claims. Add the claims to a new instance of UserProfileViewModel passed to the view. Add the [Authorize] attribute to the action so only authenticated users can access the action:

// Controllers/AccountController.cs

public IActionResult Profile()
    return View(new UserProfileViewModel()
        Name = User.Identity.Name,
        EmailAddress = User.Claims.FirstOrDefault(c => c.Type == ClaimTypes.Email)?.Value,
        ProfileImage = User.Claims.FirstOrDefault(c => c.Type == "picture")?.Value

The User.Identity.Name property looks for a claim of a type on the user object. Auth0 passes the name of the user in the name claim of the ID Token, but this does not get automatically matched to the type. This means that User.Identity.Name will return null.

You can control the claim type that ASP.NET Core retrieves when accessing the name through User.Identity.Name. To achieve this, update the OIDC authentication handler registration in the Startup class. Set the NameClaimType of the TokenValidationParameters property to name. ASP.NET Core will retrieve the value of the name claim passed in the ID Token when you access the name of the user with the User.Identity.Name property.

You must update the list of scopes to request the profile scope. The user's profile information is returned as claims in the ID Token.

public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)
    // Some code omitted for brevity...

    // Add authentication services
    services.AddAuthentication(options => {
        options.DefaultAuthenticateScheme = CookieAuthenticationDefaults.AuthenticationScheme;
        options.DefaultSignInScheme = CookieAuthenticationDefaults.AuthenticationScheme;
        options.DefaultChallengeScheme = CookieAuthenticationDefaults.AuthenticationScheme;
    .AddOpenIdConnect("Auth0", options => {
        // ...

        // Configure the scope
        // Set the correct name claim type
        options.TokenValidationParameters = new TokenValidationParameters
            NameClaimType = "name"

        options.Events = new OpenIdConnectEvents
            // handle the logout redirection 
            OnRedirectToIdentityProviderForSignOut = (context) =>

Next create a view. For the view, display user's profile card at the top with the user's name, email address and profile image.

<!-- Views/Account/Profile.cshtml -->

@model SampleMvcApp.ViewModels.UserProfileViewModel
  ViewData["Title"] = "User Profile";

<div class="row">
  <div class="col-md-12">
    <div class="row">

      <div class="col-md-2">
        <img src="@Model.ProfileImage"
             alt="" class="img-rounded img-responsive" />
      <div class="col-md-4">
          <i class="glyphicon glyphicon-envelope"></i> @Model.EmailAddress

Now when you log in and go to the URL /Account/Profile, you will see the user's profile with the information.

Display the User's Name in the Navigation Bar

You can put a link in the top navigation bar to display the user's name. When the user clicks on their name, you can navigate them to their profile page.

Go to the Views/Shared/_Layout.cshtml file and update the Navbar section to display the user's name and link to the Profile action in the AccountController:

<!-- Views/Shared/_Layout.cshtml -->

<ul class="nav navbar-nav navbar-right">
  @if (User.Identity.IsAuthenticated)
    <li><a asp-controller="Account" asp-action="Profile">Hello @User.Identity.Name!</a></li>
    <li><a  asp-controller="Account" asp-action="Logout">Logout</a></li>
    <li><a asp-controller="Account" asp-action="Login">Login</a></li>

Now, after the user has logged in, the user's name is displayed in the top-right corner of the navigation bar:

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