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Version: 2.0.0


In this tutorial, we will show you how to integrate with your application in just a few simple steps.

Setup your PDP (Policy Decision Point) Container

We provide you with a Policy-Decision-Point - aka an authorization microservice, as a container for you to use. Please follow the steps below to install and run the container on your local machine.

1. Pull our PDP container from Docker Hub

If you do not have Docker installed as of yet, click here to install Docker.

docker pull permitio/pdp-v2:latest

2. Get the API key

Navigate to the Project Management page with the web interface. Find the active environment that is marked with a green dot on the icon. Copy the Secret Key.

Copy secret key from Projects management

Alternatively, while anyhwere on the web interface, click on your user icon in the top right of the screen, and "Copy SDK Secret Key" from there.

Copy secret key from user menu

3. Run the container

Remember to replace <YOUR_API_KEY> with the Secret Key you have just obtained in the previous step.

docker run -p 7766:7000 --env PDP_API_KEY=<YOUR_API_KEY> permitio/pdp-v2:latest

Congratulations! You should now have a PDP container running. You can always check the status of the container by typing docker ps in your terminal.

Let's now add the Permit SDK to your app or use the following demo example below.

Integrate SDK

Add the SDK to your JS code

Initialise the Node.js SDK and check for permissions.

  1. Install the SDK

Please note, this is a temporary version for working with the new SDK.

npm install permitio@next
  1. Import the SDK into your code
const { Permit } = require("permitio");
  1. Create a new instance of the SDK.
    You can find instructions on getting a secret API key in the previous section.
// This line initializes the SDK and connects your Node.js app
// to the PDP container you've set up in the previous step.
const permit = new Permit({
// in production, you might need to change this url to fit your deployment
pdp: "http://localhost:7766",
// your API Key
token: "[YOUR_API_KEY]",

Check for permissions using the API

You can run a permission check with permit.check(). You need to pass 3 arguments to the function:

  • a unique user id or user email that identifies the user doing the action.
  • action: the action performed.
  • resource: the resource the action is performed on.

In the following example we are checking that a user with the unique id can create a document resource.

const permitted = await permit.check("", "create", "document");
if (permitted) {
console.log("User is PERMITTED to create a document");
} else {
console.log("User is NOT PERMITTED to create a document");

In cases where you are dealing with more than one tenant in your application, permit.check() can take a 4th argument, that being the tenant object.

tenant: a unique tenant id or tenant name that you have defined within Permit.

It's also important to remember that each one of these 4 arguments are context based, but they can be more arbitrary values. This means that if you wish, for each argument you can pass in an object, with attributes assigned to them.

const permitted = await permit.check("userId", "action", "resource", "tenant");

Permission checks are being run against the PDP container that's running locally on your machine - offering minimal latency and without leaving your network.

This means that your user data never goes outside your system, keeping security high.

Full app example

Assuming a Node.js app made up of a single file, with the permitio and express modules installed.

const { Permit } = require("permitio");

const express = require("express");
const app = express();
const port = 4000;

// This line initializes the SDK and connects your Node.js app
// to the PDP container you've set up in the previous step.
const permit = new Permit({
// in production, you might need to change this url to fit your deployment
pdp: "http://localhost:7766",
// your secret API Key
token: "[YOUR_API_KEY]",

// You can open http://localhost:4000 to invoke this http
// endpoint, and see the outcome of the permission check.
app.get("/", async (req, res) => {
// Example user object
// You would usually get the user from your authentication layer (e.g. Auth0, Cognito, etc) via a JWT token or a database.
const user = {
id: "[A_USER_ID]",
firstName: "John",
lastName: "Smith",
email: "",

// check for permissions to a resource and action (in this example, create a document)
const permitted = await permit.check(, "create", "document");
if (permitted) {
`${user.firstName} ${user.lastName} is PERMITTED to create document!`
} else {
`${user.firstName} ${user.lastName} is NOT PERMITTED to create document!`

app.listen(port, () => {
console.log(`Example app listening at http://localhost:${port}`);

Navigate to the audit log page to see your permissions request results.

Don't see logs? Use the troubleshooting page to find reasons why.


More SDK functionality coming soon.