What Is a Handle on Craigslist?

Craigslist is a popular online classifieds website. Users worldwide browse the classifieds, reply to ads, post personals, chat on forums and create ads of their own. To begin using Craigslist, a user creates a Craigslist account. To use the discussion forums and community boards, users create unique handles that uniquely identify them on the site.

Write down your handle until you memorize it.

Handle Definition

A handle, also called a screen name or user name, is an alias a person uses for various programs or websites on the Internet. For example, your email address contains a handle at the beginning of it, such as "MarkSmith5709" or "BakingMommy."


The function of a user name is to give Internet users individual identification. When a user posts on a forum or says something in a chat room other users may recognize that person based on his handle name.

Craigslist Handles

On Craigslist, your handle is commonly used on the community board and discussion forum. A handle is not required when signing up for a Craigslist account until you begin using parts of the site where a handle is needed.