# How can I discover the author of a blendfile?

I know how to set the "Author" attribute for the blendfiles that I create, using Blender User Preferences > File. However, I have not found out how to view the author of a blendfile. How can I do this?

• I don't usually like to provide alternatives, but seeing as this feature is largely useless to the average user (and cannot provide much info), I would suggest using a Text block for author info and packing it with the Blender file. – A Wild RolandiXor Jun 5 '13 at 19:42
• @rolandixor Whenever they are useful, alternatives are great and broaden the horizon. – Haunt_House Sep 21 '13 at 7:58

You can't, This author field is only ever used in exporters. In the COLLADA export to be precise, where the COLLADA format can have an author tag, and I wanted it to be possible for users to have a configurable content for this, so I added the author field to user preferences.

Not everybody will have this set, either, so best not to rely on this for 'correct' user data.

You can query this in the Python Console or in a script using:

bpy.context.user_preferences.system.author