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Version: v2.x

Configure Row Permissions

Row permissions are powerful boolean expressions that help you restrict access to database rows for each database operation and user role.

For example on a select operation utilizing the X-Hasura-User-Id session variable, you can match the user ID in the row with the row permission: {"id":{"_eq":"X-Hasura-User-Id"}}

Row-level permissions can be defined using static values, values in columns (including those in related tables or nested objects), session variables and operators.

Depending on the operation, the permission can be run in different ways. In the case of select, your permission is used to determine whether a row can be read. In the case of insert, update and delete, the boolean expression determines whether the mutation as a whole is allowed.


In the particular permission expression example: {"id":{"_eq":"X-Hasura-User-Id"}} the _eq is the operator, and denotes equality.

Hasura Engine has an extensive list of operators that can be used to build row-level permission expressions. A different set of operators is available depending on the type of value which the operator is applied to, eg: string, boolean, integer. Generally these are the same operators that you use to filter query results along with a few others.

Check out this list for all supported permissions operators.

Simple row level permissions

Using the Hasura Console, you can construct permissions easily using the builder interface or manually editing the text field. You are also able to set permissions using the Hasura CLI or API.

The following is an example of a simple permission to restrict access for select to rows of a products table where the value in the price column is less than 1000. Let's assume this is useful for a low-level admin role.

You can define simple select operation permissions using boolean expressions on the Hasura Console in Data -> [table] -> Permissions -> select.

Using boolean expressions to build rules

You can construct more complex boolean expressions using the _and, _or and not logical operators:

For example, using the _and operator, you can construct a rule to restrict access for select to rows where the value in the price column is less than 1000 and the value in the name column starts with "acme":

You can define permissions using the _and operator on the Hasura Console in Data -> [table] -> Permissions -> select as follows:

Example of a rule with the _and operator

Permissions with session variables

Session variables that have been resolved from authentication tokens by either your authentication webhook or by Hasura Engine using the JWT configuration are available for constructing row-level permissions.

For example, to allow a user to access only the products which they've added, you can use the X-Hasura-User-ID session variable to compare against the added_by_user_id column in the products table.

You can use session variables in your permissions on the Hasura Console in Data -> [table] -> Permissions -> insert / select / update / delete as follows:

Using session variables to build rules
Array session variables in permission rules

Support for using session variables for array operators like _in, _nin, _has_any_keys, _has_all_keys is available in versions v1.0.0-beta.3 and above.

When you use array operators such as _in in the permissions builder in the Hasura Console, it will automatically open an array for your values. If your session variable value is already an array, you can click the [X-Hasura-Allowed-Ids] suggestion to remove the brackets and set your session variable in its place.

Permissions with relationships or nested objects

You can leverage table relationships to define permission rules with fields from a nested object.

For example, Let's say you want to check that the user making the request to a products table is a member of the vendor organization which owns the product.

You have a column on the products table called vendor_id which denotes which vendor the product belongs to. You also have an array relationship in the products table called usersInVendorsByVendorId which links to the users_in_vendors table which is just a table of user_id and vendor_id which shows which users are in which vendor.

We can use this relationship to check that the user making the request is a member of the vendor which the product belongs to.

You can use a nested object to build rules on the Hasura Console in Data -> [table] -> Permissions -> insert / select / update / delete as follows:

Using a nested object to build rules

This permission rule reads as "If the user's id is listed as a member of the vendor which owns the product then allow access to the product."

Array and object relationships work similarly
  • The above example would have worked even if the relationship were an object relationship.
  • You can also check out this more elaborate example.

Permissions with unrelated tables or views

You can use the _exists operator to set a permission rule based on tables or views that are not related to our table.

For example, say you want to allow a user to insert a product only if the value of the allow_product_create column in the users table is set to true.

In this case we'll need to check that both the user who is making the request exists in the users table AND that the allow_product_create column is set to true. Let's assume the user's id is passed in the X-Hasura-User-ID session variable.

You can set permissions using unrelated tables on the Hasura Console in Data -> [table] -> Permissions -> insert / select / update / delete as follows:

Use an unrelated table to build rules

This permission rule reads as "if there exists a row in the table users whose id is the same as the requesting user's id AND has the allow_product_create column set to true, allow access to insert products."

Post-update check row permissions

The update database operation has both a "Pre-update check" and a "Post-update check" for its row permissions. This is useful if your new data post update is unknown until it is changed.

For example, say that in an update mutation we are updating a number by an amount and the result is not allowed to be negative or higher than a certain value. This would be a perfect place to use the "Post-update check" permission.

Post-update check row permission