Assign Space Permissions

You can assign space permissions to groups or to individual users. You need to be a space administrator to assign space permissions. In addition, Confluence administrators can set the default permissions that will be applied to new spaces as described below.

To access the permissions for a space:

  1. Go to the space and choose Space tools > Permissions from the bottom of the sidebar

  2. Choose Edit Permissions
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  1. Go to the 'Space Permissions' page:

    • 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.

    • Choose Permissions from the space administration options.

  2. Choose Edit Permissions

The 'Edit Space Permissions' page is divided into the following sections:

  • Groups – A list of groups that already have permissions to access the site.
  • Individual Users – A list of users who already have permissions to access the site.
  • Anonymous Access – Space permissions granted to all anonymous users of the site.

Screenshot: Space permissions

Assign space permissions

To add a new user or group to the permissions list, search for either a group or user in their respective sections and choose Add. The group or user will appear in the list of groups; select the appropriate checkboxes to assign them permissions, then choose Save all.

If you're unsure of a group or user's name, you can search by choosing the  icon. You can use an asterisk '*' as a wildcard if you need to.

To bulk assign or revoke permissions, choose either Select All or Deselect All from the Actions dropdown list to the right of each user and group.

Anonymous users

Anonymous users are users that aren't signed in to your Confluence site, and, by default, they won't have access to any of your content. If you want to grant access to a space for anonymous users, you can edit the 'Anonymous Access' section at the bottom of the permissions page.

Tick or un-tick the checkboxes to suit your preference for anonymous users, then choose Save All to apply the changes.

(info) You can't grant space administration rights or page restriction rights to anonymous users.

Remove space permissions

To remove a user or group from the space permissions list, deselect all the checkboxes for that user or group and save the changes. The user or group won't appear in the list once you save. 

Set default space permissions

If you're a Confluence Administrator, you can set the default permissions that will be applied to new spaces. Default permissions are configurable for groups only, not for individual users or anonymous users.

To set the default space permissions:

  1. Choose the cog icon , then choose General Configuration under Confluence Administration

  2. Choose Space Permissions under Security in the sidebar
  3. Choose Edit Permissions

      Screenshot: Default space permissions

Manage and Recover Space Admin Permissions

Users with System Administrator permissions are able to manage permissions for spaces, including adding or removing Space Admin permissions for a space.

To manage space permissions:

  1. Choose the cog icon , then choose General Configuration under Confluence Administration
  2. Choose Space Permissions under Users & Security in the sidebar
  3. Locate the space in the Individual Spaces list and choose Manage Permissions
There may be some instances where a space administrator has removed Space Admin permissions from all other users and groups for a space, meaning no other user can administer the space. Users with Confluence Administrator permissions can recover permissions for the space in this instance.

To recover Space Admin permissions:

  1. Choose the cog icon , then choose General Configuration under Confluence Administration

  2. Choose Space Permissions under Users & Security in the sidebar
  3. Locate the space in the Individual Spaces list and choose Recover Permissions

The user will then be able to choose Manage Permissions, and add any appropriate permissions to the space. Requests to recover permissions are recorded in the Confluence log files.

Notes

There's no way to change a number of space permissions at once in the Confluence user interface. Instead, take a look at the Confluence Command Line Interface. You can use the CLI documentation as a resource, and for an introduction to the CLI, check out this blog post.

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