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Version: 2.0.0

Getting Started

Welcome to Permit! In this quick tutorial, we will go over the basic steps of setting up your account with Permit and creating a very basic authorization policy. Let’s get started!

A Video Walkthrough

If you prefer to start with a video, this video will introduce you to the fundamental features within the Permit system with a comprehensive understanding of its capabilities.

1. Create a Permit account

The first step is creating an account. This account will be used to configure and manage the authorization layer of your application.


Social Logins and SSO

You can log into Permit with your Google / GitHub account. Permit also offers Single Sign-On (SSO) login functionality, allowing users to access their accounts using enterprise credentials. SSO is provided as the default option in Permit’s Enterprise Tier, or as a standalone option at a yearly defined rate.

To get a custom quote on SSO, reach out to us via our Slack Community.

2. Creating a workspace & naming your organization

First, you will need to create your workspace (Or, organizational account), under which all of your configurations, projects, and environments reside. This will often correspond with your company’s name.


We have a company called "Company A" - this is our business, so that's what we will call our organization



You can have multiple workspaces and switch between them - although usually, you'd only need one. Workspaces are completely siloed from one another.

That’s it! You can now launch your account! 🥳 Now that you have all the basics set up, you can connect Permit to a demo application and see your defined policy come to life.

3. Creating a basic policy

Once we register with Permit and set-up our organization, now it's time to configure out first simple policy. We will be working with the simplest policy model called RBAC (Role-based Access Control).

The idea of this simple guide is to show you how you create your first role, add a resource, and actions to that resource, and then assign the role to a user.

Creating a role

The first step is to create a role for each user. In this example, we will create a role called Admin.

Creating a resource and actions

Once we created our role, the next step is to create a resource, and actions that we can perform on that resource. In this example we create a resource called a Document and utilize the basic pre-defined actions Permit provides (crate, read, update and delete), as well as assign our own bespoke actions: publish.

Creating a user

Now that we have a role, resource and some actions, we need to add a user into Permit, and assign him the role we have created.

Let's add a user called and assign him the role of an Admin.

Configuring permissions in the Policy editor

Finally, we need to configure our permissions in the Policy Editor, defining what actions Admin role can perform on the Document resource.

A Quick Note!

Permit is much more than this simple RBAC example! With our no-code UI and Policy Editor, you are able to create much more granular permissions. Policy models such as ABAC (Attribute-based Access Control) and ReBAC (Relationship-based Access Control), or even the combination of them both is now really easy to configure.

4. What's Next?

Now that you've seen the basics, you can dive deeper into utilizing Permit for your authorization needs. Here are some guides to get you started: