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.

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.

If your space is using the Documentation theme, choose Browse > Space Admin > Permissions.

(info) Space admins can also manage watchers for that space by choosing Watch at the top-right of any page in the space.

Permissions Summary

The following permissions can be assigned for each space:

PermissionThe user or group can:
ViewView the space's content, including the space's details, its pages, and blog posts.
PagesAddCreate and edit pages in the space.
RestrictApply page-level restrictions.
DeleteDelete pages in the space.
BlogAddAdd and edit blog posts in the space.
DeleteDelete blog posts in the space.
CommentsAddMake comments in the space.
DeleteDelete comments from the space.
AttachmentsAddAdd attachments to pages in the space.
DeleteDelete attachments from pages in the space.
MailDeleteDelete individual mail items.
SpaceExportExport content from the space via the space-level export screens. Note that this permission doesn't affect the exporting of a single page's content. Anyone who has permission to view the page also has permission to export its content.
AdminAdminister this space, including granting permissions to other users. This permission can't be granted to anonymous users (users who aren't logged in).


(info) Confluence administrators aren't necessarily space administrators.

  • A user who has the 'Confluence Administrator' global permission isn't automatically a space admin for a particular space. 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.
  • If you deny all admin access to a space by mistake, so that nobody has access to administer the space any more, you'll need to ask someone with Confluence Administrator global permission to restore the permissions for you.
  • A user who has the 'System Administrator' global permission does automatically have space admin permissions for all spaces.
Last modified on Dec 2, 2015

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