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Role Based Access Control

Learn how you can manage the access roles and permissions for different modules in Test Management.

RBAC is a security mechanism that restricts access based on user roles. It ensures that only authorized individuals have the necessary control and capabilities to perform specific tasks within Test Management. This streamlines workflow and enhances security.

Types of Roles

There are typically two types of roles used in RBAC systems:

  • IAM Roles (Identity and Access Management Roles)
    These roles control ownership and administrative privileges across all BrowserStack products. They determine a user’s ability to grant access to others.

  • Product Roles
    These roles are specific to a particular product or service and control a user’s access to features and functionalities within that product.

IAM Roles

  • Owner
    The owner role has complete control over organization settings, member management, and product access. Only one owner is permitted.

  • Admin
    The admin role possesses extensive administrative capabilities, including managing users and granting product access, but it lacks ownership privileges.

  • User
    The user role can use the product for which access has been granted without additional rights, such as extensive administrative capabilities or control. The owner or admin can assign any product role in Test Management to the user role.

Learn about IAM roles in this guide.

Product Roles

The product role controls access to specific functions in Test Management. Following are the product roles in Test Management:

  • Viewer
  • Tester
  • Product User
  • Product Admin

The table below outlines the RBAC system applicable to Test Management at the product level and the specific areas where each role can create, edit, and delete projects and test cases.

Product role Create/Edit Project Delete Project Create/Edit Test Cases Delete Test Cases
Viewer No No No No
Tester Yes Yes Yes Yes
Product User Yes Yes Yes Yes
Product Admin Yes Yes Yes Yes
  • To edit or delete projects, you must have one of the following roles: IAM-level admin, IAM-level owner, Product Admin, or you must be the creator of the project.
  • RBAC currently encompasses Projects and Test Cases. Test Runs and Dashboards remain unaffected.

Assign product role

Invite users

To collaborate effectively on BrowserStack, you can invite users to your workspace. Inviting users allows you to grant specific access and permissions they need to work on your projects.

To invite users, follow these steps:

  1. Access User Management of your BrowserStack account.
  2. In the INVITATIONS section, enter the email addresses of the users you wish to invite. If you have a list, upload it as a .csv file.
  3. Assign the appropriate IAM role to define their permissions.
  4. For each user, select the desired BrowserStack products they can access using the Product Access dropdown.

    Tester based access

  5. Click Send invite to dispatch email invitations or Copy link to obtain a shareable invite link.

Now, you can add new users to your BrowserStack workspace, granting them the required access and permissions.

Modify Product role of a user

You can modify product roles based on the access required by the user.

  1. Access the USERS section in User Management settings.
  2. Locate the user whose product role you want to change.
  3. Click the kebab menu (three vertical dots) beside their current Product Accesses setting. Select the user
  4. In the modify access window, select Test Management and use the Product Role dropdown menu to assign the desired role for that product.

Select the user

By customizing product roles, you ensure that each user has precisely the level of access they need within your BrowserStack workspace.

Default roles

When you invite new users to your BrowserStack workspace without assigning product roles, the roles are automatically determined to streamline setup:

  • IAM Admins and Owners are granted the Product Admin role for each BrowserStack product, which gives them full control.
  • Other invited users receive the Product User role by default.

Request Access

If you find you need more permissions (such as creating or editing projects and test cases), follow these steps:

  1. Locate the Request Access button. You will likely find this prominently displayed if you have limited permissions.
  2. Click Request Access. Request Access

This sends a notification to an Admin or Owner within your BrowserStack workspace.

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