How to grant access to one space only to a user in Confluence

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This Knowledge Base article applies equally to both the Atlassian Server and Atlassian Cloud platforms.

Purpose

If you want to grant access to 1 space only to a Confluence user (member of confluence-users group) but do not want to edit permissions for each spaces manually. Especially useful when you have a lot of spaces in your Confluence instance.

Solution

  1. Go to User Management.
  2. Click on the Users tab, and click on the user's Full Name.
  3. Once you're on the user's page, remove the user from the confluence-users group.
  4. Now click on the Groups tab in the left menu.
  5. Create a group that will only contain this particular user, you can name it however you like.
  6. Add the user to this group by clicking on the Add button on the right.
  7. From the User management go to Product access > Product access.
  8. In the Confluence section, add your group and make sure it has the Can sign in checkbox checked.
  9. Go back to Confluence administration and in the Space Permissions, make sure that the group you created is not listed in the Default Space Permissions.
  10. On the same page, locate the space you wish to grant this user access to and click on Manage Permissions. This will lead you to the space permissions page.
  11. Click on the Edit Permissions button below the list of groups.
  12. In the text box, enter the name of the group you created and click Add.
  13. Set the correct permissions you wish this group to have then click on Save All at the bottom of the page.

After completing these steps, your user will now be able to see and access only the desired space along with Confluence main page.

 These instructions are for Confluence Cloud.  The same principles apply to Confluence Server, but you'll find Groups and Global Permissions in the administration console, rather than in Application access.  

Description

If you want to grant access to 1 space only to a Confluence user (member of confluence-users group) but do not want to edit permissions for each spaces manually. Especially useful when you have a lot of spaces in your Confluence instance.

Product Confluence
Platform Server, Cloud
Last modified on Jul 3, 2019

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