Space Permissions Overview

Each space in Confluence has its own set of permissions, which can be granted and revoked by a space administrator. The user that creates a space, like when you create your personal space, is automatically an administrator of that space, and they can add other space admins if they want to by adding the Space Admin permission to another user or group.

(info) How do you find out who the space admin is for a particular space? Choose Spaces > Space directory in the Confluence header, then choose the Space Details icon beside a space.

If you're one of those lucky space admins, you can assign permissions for the space to individual users, groups, or anonymous users. To change permissions for a space, choose Space tools > Permissions from the bottom of the sidebar, then choose Edit Permissions to change permission settings.

Is your space using the Documentation theme?

If your space is using the Documentation theme:

  1. Choose Browse > Space Admin from the header

    Note: The Space Admin option appears only if you have space admin permissions, or if you're part of the 'confluence-administrators' group.

  2. Choose Permissions > Edit permissions.


Space admins can also manage watchers for that space by choosing Watch > Manage Watchers at the top-right of any page in the space.

If you accidentally deny all admin access to a space so that nobody has access to administer the space any more, you can ask someone with Confluence Administrator global permission to Assign Space Permissions.

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This page is about Space Permissions. Confluence also lets you set Page Restrictions.

Permissions Summary

The following permissions can be assigned for each space:

Permission Applies to
View This lets a user view all the content in your space.
Add This lets a user add and edit pages, blogs, comments and attachments.
Restrict This lets a user restrict others from viewing or editing a page.

Delete own

This lets a user delete any pages, blogs and attachments they originally created (regardless of whether other users have subsequently edited the content).
Delete This can be used to let a user delete pages, comments, attachments and mail items
Export This lets a user export the whole space. This is different to page exports - anyone who can view a page can also export it.
Admin This lets a user administer the space, including the ability to pass on admin permissions to other users.


(info) Confluence administrators aren't necessarily space administrators. In order for them to be a space admin, they must belong to a group which has space admin and view permission for the space, or their username must be specifically granted space admin and view permission for the space. People with the System Administrator global permission automatically has space admin permissions for all spaces.

Space permissions are additive

Space permissions are additive. If a user is granted permissions as an individual or as a member of one or more groups, Confluence will combine these permissions together. 

Here's an example...

Sasha is a member of the confluence-users group and the developers group. The confluence-users group has 'export' permission, but does not have 'restrict' permission. The developers group has 'restrict' permission but does not have 'export' permission.

By being a member of these two groups, Sasha can restrict and export content. The permissions do not conflict, they combine to determine what Sasha is allowed to do in this space.

Last modified on Apr 12, 2018

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