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Configuring roles with no access

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Last edited: Jul 29, 2022
The No access role is an Enterprise feature

The No access role is available to customers on an Enterprise plan. To learn more, read about our pricing. To upgrade your plan, contact Sales.


This guide explains how to configure custom roles that start with no access to LaunchDarkly, and how to create new members that have the built-in No access role by default.

Some organizations, especially those in highly regulated industries, do not want members to be able to view everything in their LaunchDarkly account when they first join. To prevent an account member from accessing any part of the LaunchDarkly platform, you can assign them the built-in No access role. This role is for members who shouldn't be able to view or modify anything until you give them access to specific areas of LaunchDarkly.

The No access role can help your organization manage access to resources within LaunchDarkly and enforce security best practices, such as the principle of least privilege.

To learn more about built-in roles and their permissions, read Understanding LaunchDarkly's built-in roles.


In order to complete this guide, you must have the following prerequisites:

  • An Admin or Owner role in your LaunchDarkly account, or a custom role with the ability to update member roles. To learn more, read Role actions.
  • An Enterprise plan with LaunchDarkly


This guide relies on the following concepts:

LaunchDarkly's built-in roles

Every LaunchDarkly account has four built-in roles: Reader, Writer, Admin, and Owner. Customers on an Enterprise plan also have a restricted No access role.

Every account member must have at least either one of these built-in roles or a custom role.

To learn more about built-in roles, read LaunchDarkly’s built-in roles.

Custom roles

Custom roles give you precise access control to everything in LaunchDarkly, including feature flags, projects, environments, metrics, and teams, so you can enforce access policies that meet your exact process needs.

To learn more about custom roles, read Custom roles.

Creating custom roles with no access

LaunchDarkly uses the built-in Reader role as the starting point for new custom roles. When you create a custom role, it starts with reader permissions if you keep the By default, members can view all LaunchDarkly content box checked. To learn how to create custom roles, read Creating custom roles and policies.

The "By default, members can view all LaunchDarkly content" checkbox from the "Create custom role" panel.
The "By default, members can view all LaunchDarkly content" checkbox from the "Create custom role" panel.

If you uncheck the box, the custom role starts without any access permissions. You can then further configure the role's policy to allow view permissions for specific projects or teams, or grant the ability to modify resources.

Members must be able to view resources as well as modify them.

If you give a member access to modify a resource without also giving access to view the project the resource is in, the member won't be able to modify the resource because they won't be able to view it. A member needs both the ability to modify and the ability to view a resource in order to interact with it.

For example, if you create a custom role with this box unchecked, and grant access to modify a flag, then members with the role will not have view access to the project in LaunchDarkly. They will not be able to edit the flag from the flags list.

Setting the No access role for teams

Large customers with many members may find that it is easiest to manage access using the teams feature rather than individually-assigned custom roles. You can automatically assign new members the No access role, then grant them access to resources by adding them to specific teams with assigned custom roles to give them additional permissions. To learn more, read Teams.

Changing default roles to no access

If you have not specified a role or custom role for new LaunchDarkly members through your IdP, LaunchDarkly sets the default role to Reader. Enterprise customers can change the default role to No access. To learn how, read Single sign-on.

The "Default initial role" section of the SAML configuration panel.
The "Default initial role" section of the SAML configuration panel.