Custom profile fields

This feature is only available to organization owners and administrators.

By default, user profiles show their name, email, date they joined, and when they were last active. You can also add custom profile fields like country of residence, birthday, manager, Twitter handle, and more.

Custom profile fields are always optional, and do not appear in users' profiles until they fill them out.

Zulip supports synchronizing custom profile fields from an external user database such as LDAP or SAML. See the authentication methods documentation for details.

Add a custom profile field

  1. Click on the gear () icon in the upper right corner of the web or desktop app.

  2. Select Manage organization.

  3. On the left, click Custom profile fields.

  4. Click Add a new profile field.

  5. Fill out profile field information as desired, and click Add.

  6. In the Labels column, click and drag the vertical dots to reorder the list of custom profile fields.

Edit a custom profile field

  1. Click on the gear () icon in the upper right corner of the web or desktop app.

  2. Select Manage organization.

  3. On the left, click Custom profile fields.

  4. In the Actions column, click the pencil () icon for the profile field you want to edit.

  5. Edit profile field information as desired, and click Save changes.

Profile field types

There are several different types of fields available.

  • Short text: For one line responses, like "Job title". Responses are limited to 50 characters.
  • Long text: For multiline responses, like "Biography".
  • Date picker: For dates, like "Birthday".
  • Link: For links to websites.
  • External account: For linking to GitHub, Twitter, etc.
  • Pronouns: What pronouns should people use to refer to the user?
  • List of options: Creates a dropdown with a list of options.
  • Person picker: For selecting one or more users, like "Manager" or "Direct reports".

Display custom fields on user card

Organizations may find it useful to display additional fields on the user card, such as pronouns, GitHub username, job title, team, etc.

All field types other than "Long text" or "Person" have a checkbox option that controls whether to display a custom field on the user card. There's a limit to the number of custom profile fields that can be displayed at a time. If the maximum number of fields is already selected, all unselected checkboxes will be disabled.

  1. Click on the gear () icon in the upper right corner of the web or desktop app.

  2. Select Manage organization.

  3. On the left, click Custom profile fields.

  4. In the Actions column, click the pencil () icon for the profile field you want to edit.

  5. Toggle Display on user card.

  6. Click Save changes.

You can also choose which custom profile fields will be displayed by toggling the checkboxes in the Card column of the Custom profile fields table.