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Permissions and Public Access

Mealie provides various levels of user access and permissions. This includes: - Authentication and registration (LDAP and OpenID Connect are both supported) - Customizable user permissions - Fine-tuned public access for non-users

Customizable User Permissions

Each user can be configured to have varying levels of access. Some of these permissions include: - Access to Administrator tools - Access to inviting other users - Access to manage their group and group data

Administrators can navigate to the Settings page and access the User Management page to configure these settings.

User Management Demo

Public Recipe Access

By default, groups are set to private, meaning only logged-in users may access the group. In order for a recipe to be viewable by public (not logged-in) users, two criteria must be met:

  1. The group must not be private, and the group setting for allowing users outside of your group to see your recipes must be enabled. These can be toggled on the Group Settings page
  2. The recipe must be set to public. This can be toggled for each recipe individually, or in bulk using the Recipe Data Management page

Additionally, if the group is not private, public users can view all public group data (public recipes, public cookbooks, etc.) from the home page (e.g. the demo home page).

Group Settings Demo

More broadly, here are the rules for how recipe access is determined:

  • Private links that are generated from the recipe page using the Share button bypass all group and recipe permissions
  • Private groups block all access to recipes, including those that are public, except as noted above.
  • Groups with "Allow users outside of your group to see your recipes" disabled block all access to recipes, except as noted above.
  • Private recipes block all access to the recipe from public links. This does not affect Private Links.
  r1: Request Access
  p1: Using Private Link?
  p2: Is Group Private?
  p3: Is Recipe Private?
  s1: Deny Access
  n1: Allow Access

  r1 --> p1
  p1 --> p2: No
  p1 --> n1: Yes

  p2 --> s1: Yes
  p2 --> p3: No

  p3 --> s1: Yes
  p3 --> n1: No