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Some of my friends on Steam change nicknames so often I can hardly remember who's who. Is there any way I can set custom nicknames for friends in Steam?

Best workaround I've got so far is using tags, but that's not what I'd like to do.

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Actually, yes, this is possible. Valve implemented this functionality as early as 2010. However, they never exposed this functionality in the client itself for some reason.

Luckily, however, someone created an app to do exactly this.

You can find the forum thread in which it was released here, and a direct download link here:


Usage is very simple. You launch the application, set a new name, and close it again. Aliases should be bound to your account and therefore work forever, but they might be stored in the client. At any rate, you won't need to keep the application running to keep the aliases.

An example of this plugin in action:

The alias is in front, and the original name is appended in brackets.

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Works like a charm, exactly what I was looking for!! –  Jeroen Mar 11 '12 at 12:35
Alas, the changes I made before to my friends' names have gone (not sure if it's because I'm on a new PC though), and the linked FriendManager now fails to start for me. I've added another answer detailing Steam's own current implementation (which I enjoy significantly less, because it doesn't change a friend's primary name but just adds a tag/nick to a person). Oh well, it was good while it lasted - this answer served me very well for quite some time! Thanks once more. –  Jeroen Oct 18 '12 at 15:50
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Since some time now, Steam has built in support for adding a nickname to a friend. Note that this doesn't change a nickname, but rather adds one to your friend's name in parentheses. It works like this:

First, right-click on your friend's name:
right-click on the name of a friend

Second, choose a nickname:
enter a nick

Result is a nickname behind your friend's current alias:
resulting friends list

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Please accept this as the answer. It's the simplest and easiest way. –  Steve V. Oct 31 '12 at 18:32
@SteveV Agreed, I will do so, because it is my "current solution". Personally though I dislike this option a lot, the FriendManager option was much better (because it changed the actual name). –  Jeroen Oct 31 '12 at 19:10
Really? I like it better, for the same reason. –  Steve V. Oct 31 '12 at 20:08
The other party doesn't see what you've nicknamed them, correct? –  Calculemus Jun 4 '14 at 23:03
@Camus AFAIK they don't. But you must have some interesting nick names for your friends if you worry about that :) –  Jeroen Jun 5 '14 at 7:14

The Steam Community Beta has added a context menu item to set nicknames for your friends in Steam's Friends interface, and the functionality has been made standard for the current Steam version. Click the down arrow next to your friend's name and hit "add nickname".

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I was very afraid this would be the answer to my question :-(. Could not find many resources on it here or via Google though, so I'm hoping someone else has a clever solution... –  Jeroen Mar 10 '12 at 18:45
Drop me a line if they do, I would be very interested too. –  kotekzot Mar 10 '12 at 18:47
Have a look at my answer. ;-) (Placing a comment here so it'll ping @kotekzot) –  user56 Mar 10 '12 at 19:41
@ArdaXi thanks for the answer and for letting me know! –  kotekzot Mar 10 '12 at 19:47

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