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.

Space permissions aren’t customizable on the Free plan.

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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.

To access the permissions for a space:

  1. Click on the space name in the sidebar and choose the cog icon (), then open the Permissions tab

  2. Choose Edit Permissions

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

The space permissions page is divided into the following sections:

  • Licensed Users - Where you grant permissions to groups and individual users.
  • Anonymous Access - Where you grant permissions to users who are not logged in (essentially making the space public)

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

There's no way to change permissions for multiple spaces at once. However, your Confluence Administrator is able to set default space permissions, which will apply to any new spaces.

Confluence default permissions

To set the default space permissions:

  1. Go to Settings in the Confluence sidebar
  2. Choose Space Permissions
  3. Click 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 and a space admin accidentally denies all admin access to a space, so that nobody has access to administer that space any more, you are able to recover those permissions for them.

To recover Space Admin permissions:

  1. Go to Settings in the Confluence sidebar
  2. Choose Space Permissions
  3. 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.  

Confluence manage permissions

Last modified on Sep 18, 2019

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