I can filter by Role, Permission and status on the people page, is there an easy way to search for one specific user?


That's all you can do with core Drupal - it is a little frustrating for sure. :-)

However, there are lots of contrib modules that let you do more, such as

Of course, you can also opt to make yourself a user-based view and create an admin page yourself by using relationships and filters. :-)

Hope one of these helps!

  • Thank you, seems like a pretty 'Core' requirement to me, I'll check out the modules. – Toby Allen Apr 23 '13 at 15:06
  • Yeah, all of us who use Drupal daily have wanted more from the user admin page, believe me. :-) The good thing is - that's the whole point of contrib modules, and there are so many of them. – Boriana Ditcheva Apr 23 '13 at 15:41
  • If only it was as easy to contib to a contrib module as it is to contrib to a github repo :) – Toby Allen Apr 24 '13 at 13:27
  • Obviously, it's an old thread and @BorianaDitcheva had no way of knowing it at the time - but both recommended modules haven't been updated in almost 6 years. I wonder if there are better solutions today... – Felix Jan 21 '19 at 18:33

Assuming this question is about D7, only using Drupal core wont be sufficient. However, you could create a view (using the Views module) of all your users, and use the views style provided by the dataTables module. Here is a quote from the dataTables project page:

The DataTables module integrates the jQuery plugin DataTables into Drupal as a views style and a callable theme function. DataTables lets you add dynamic features to tables, including:

  • Variable length pagination
  • On-the-fly filtering
  • Sorting with data type detection
  • Smart handling of column widths
  • Themeable by CSS
  • And more ...

You'd be especially interested in the On-the-fly filtering. For way more details about this module, refer to "What are my options to visualise a views table with many fields grouped in columns?".


I want to also vouch for https://www.drupal.org/project/usersearchtoadmin in Drupal 7. I used such and had great success for specific people keyword searches "as shown" in the real life example below:

User Search For People Administration Example

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