Assign Space Permissions

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If you are the administrator of a space, you control the permissions for it. You can choose to assign/revoke permissions on either an individual user basis, or by Confluence Groups.

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Confluence Administrators can put users into groups  to make it easier to manage permissions. If you are not an administrator and want to know if someone belongs to a group, ask your administrator to check for you.

(info) Permissions in Confluence are additive, so if you belong to different groups with different permissions, you will have the combined permissions of those groups. 

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.

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

  • Licensed Users - this is where you grant permissions to groups and individual users.
  • Anonymous Access - this is where you grant permissions to users who are not logged in (essentially making the space public). Note: allowing anonymous access in a space will allow all logged in users to see that space, even if your site is not Public.

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 specific permissions you'd like to apply then choose Save all. You can bulk assign or revoke permissions by selecting Select All or Deselect All.

(info) There is no way to change permissions for multiple spaces at once. Permissions are managed on a space by space basis. However, your Confluence Administrator is able to set default space permissions, which will apply to any new spaces.

To set the default space permissions:

  1. Go to  > General Configuration > Space Permissions.

  2. Choose Edit Permissions.

Default permissions are configurable for groups only, not for individual or anonymous users.

Revoke 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.

Manage and recover space admin permissions

If you're a Confluence Administrator you can recover permissions to a space, for example if the only person with Space Admin permissions to a space leaves your organisation.

To recover Space Admin permissions:

  1. Go to   > General Configuration > Space Permissions.

  2. Locate the space in the Individual Spaces list and choose Recover Permissions.

You can then choose Manage Permissions, and add any other appropriate permissions to the space. Requests to recover permissions are recorded in the Confluence audit log.  

Users with System Administrator permissions are able to manage permissions for all spaces, they do not need to first recover permissions.

Last modified on Dec 12, 2019

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