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Bulk change space permissions


We are welcoming x amount of employees from another company into our group. We will be sharing one instance of Confluence Server 6.13 but have a requirement to restrict x employees from being able to access (view) all existing spaces. X will have access to their own home page.

All our spaces have (everybody, confluence-users, jira-users) permission groups.


1) How do we bulk remove (everybody, confluence-users, jira-users) and add custom groups to all existing spaces to exclude x employees? We have hundreds of spaces including archived ones so hoping we will not have to manually change these in each space

2) What is the best way to set up global permissions that work for two different permission schemes?

3) How do we audit what permissions are assigned to every space in our instance with/without querying the database?


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Ivan Lima Community Leader May 25, 2020

@Antonio Smith 

I believe that there are a few options that you can use to achieve the bulk piece. We managed to bulk add and remove groups/users from space using Power Scripts for Confluence. We just found it very easy to use and the engine is free.

There is also the bulk apply permissions for DC (latest versions)

For your number 2, as an option, since there is no such thing as the permissions schemes we've got in Jira, you can set spaces as "templates" and use an add-on to create new spaces based on those you set as templates.

For your number 3, it looks like you're looking for the inspect permissions feature, which is only available in Confluence DC. If it happens to be your case, you can take advantage of it as well. 



Apologies for the delay, couldn't access my account. Thanks a lot Ivan, we are working through space routines today.

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