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Role Based Access Control in BrowserStack Test Observability

Learn how you can manage the access roles and permissions in Test Observability.

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 Observability. 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.

Role Based Access Control (RBAC) is available only on paid plans of Test Observability. All users on a free plan will be assigned a Product admin role by default. Updating the product roles from the IAM module will not reflect on Test Observability for users on a free plan.

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 Observability to the user role.

Learn about IAM roles in this guide.

Product Roles

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

  • Viewer
  • Product User
  • Product Admin

The following table summarizes which product roles can access which features on Test Observability by default:

Permission Viewer Product user Product admin
Record build runs No Yes Yes
Re-run tests No Yes Yes
Mute/Unmute tests No Yes Yes
Create defects No Yes Yes
Update failure categories No Yes Yes
Modify project settings No No Yes
Archive projects No No Yes
Archive builds No No Yes
Download & Share reports Yes Yes Yes
Create & Manage views No Yes Yes

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 Observability and use the Product Role dropdown menu to assign the desired role for that product.

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

Customize the permissions of product roles

You can modify the permissions of each product role to suit your organization’s needs. You need to be an Enterprise User to access this feature.

How to modify the permisssions of a product role

Follow these steps to edit a product role in Test Observability:

  1. Open the Roles & Permissions page and click the Product Roles tab. Product Roles Tab - Observability
  2. Select Test Observability as the product. Select Test Observability from the drop-down titled as Product
  3. Select the Product Role you want to modify. Select the product role you want to modify from the drop-down titled as Product Role - Observability
  4. Click Modify Permissions next to Configured Permissions. Click the button titled Modify Permissions - Observability
  5. Select or deselect the permissions according to your requirements. Check or Uncheck the radio buttons next to the permissions you want to change - Observability
  6. Click Save Changes.

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, 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.

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

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