John Carlin may refer to:
- John Carlin (journalist) (born 1956), journalist and author
- John W. Carlin (born 1940), governor of Kansas, 1979–1987, and Archivist of the United States, 1995–2005
- John Carlin (umpire) (1861–1944), cricketer and test umpire
- John Carlin (businessman) (born 1955), American entrepreneur, art historian and record producer
- John Carlin (footballer) (1871–?), English footballer for Liverpool F.C.
- John Carlin (actor) (1929–2017) Scottish actor.
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