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Custom Permissions

Users can define custom permissions and apply them to any manageable Entity.


A custom permission model consists of 2 related entities.

  • Permission-is the primary entity that contains information about specific permission. It contains essential information, like the permission name, label, groups, the list of PermissionEntities to which the permission can be applied, and the list of PermissionEntities that cannot use this permission.
  • PermissionEntity stores the entity class names to use with the permission entity.


All custom permissions are described in the permissions.yml configuration file inside a corresponding bundle. Currently, it is only possible to add permission globally for some groups (applications); all required groups should be listed manually. So for every application, the required permissions should be added\updated by creating a corresponding permissions.yml file.

An example of a simple permission configuration:

    PERMISSION1:                                                    # permission name (should start with a letter, digit or underscore and only contain
                                                                    # letters, digits, numbers, underscores ("_"), hyphens ("-") and colons (":")
        label: Label for Permission 1                               # permission label
        description: Permission 1 description                       # (optional) permission description
        apply_to_all: false                                         # (by default = true) is permission apply to all entities by default
        apply_to_entities:                                          # (optional) the list of entities to apply permission
            - 'AcmeDemoBundle:MyEntity1'                            # entity class
            - 'Acme\Bundle\DemoBundle\Entity\MyEntity2'
        apply_to_interfaces:                                        # (optional) the list of interfaces to apply permission to the entities that implement these interfaces
            - 'Acme\Bundle\DemoBundle\Entity\MyEntity2Interface'    # entity interface
        group_names:                                                # (by default = ['default]) the list of Groups
            - default                                               # group name
            - frontend

        label: Label for Permission 2
        description: Permission 2 description
        exclude_entities:                                           # (optional) the list of entities to not apply permission
            - 'AcmeDemoBundle:MyEntity3'
            - 'Acme\Bundle\DemoBundle\Entity\MyEntity4'

This configuration describes 2 Permissions:

  1. Permission PERMISSION1 will be applied only to entities MyEntity1 and MyEntity2. Allowed groups for that permission are default and frontend.
  2. Permission PERMISSION2 will be applied to all manageable entities, except for MyEntity2 and MyEntity3. The allowed group for this permission is default.

Configuration Merging

All configurations merge in the boot bundles order. The application collects the configurations of all permissions with the same name and merges them into one configuration.

Merging uses simple rules:

  • if a node value is a scalar, the value is replaced
  • if a node value is an array, this array is complemented by values from the second configuration

After this step, the application is aware of all permissions and has only one configuration for each permission.

Configuration Load

To load permissions configuration to the DB, execute the following command:

security: Permission:configuration:load [--permissions [PERMISSIONS]]

Optional option –permissions allows loading only listed permissions.