v0.43 / Administration Guide / Permissions overview

Permissions overview

There are always going to be sensitive bits of information in your data, and thankfully Metabase provides a rich set of tools to ensure that people on your team only see the data they’re supposed to.

Key points regarding permissions

  • Permissions are granted to groups, not people.
  • People can be in more than one group.
  • If a person is in multiple groups, they will have the most permissive access granted to them across all of their groups. For example, if a person is in three groups, and any one of those groups has access to a database, then that person will have access to that database.

What you can set permissions on

Data permissions

Collection permissions

Collection permissions dictate which groups can view/edit items in collections, including:

  • Questions
  • Dashboards
  • Models
  • Events
  • Timelines

Application permissions

Application permissions (available on paid plans) dictate access to Metabase application-level features, including:

  • Settings: The Settings tab in the Admin panel.
  • Monitoring access: The Tools, Audit, and Troubleshooting tabs in the Admin panel.
  • Subscriptions and Alerts. Which groups can create/edit dashboard subscriptions and alerts.

SQL snippet folder permissions

For plans that include SQL Snippet Folders, you can also set permissions on those folders.

Changing permissions

Whenever you change permissions for a group, make sure you:

  • Save your changes.
  • Click yes to confirm your choices.

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