Access control

Weblate uses privileges system based on Django, but is extended in several ways to allow managing access at more fine grained level. See Per project access control and Group-based access control for more detailed information on those extensions.

The default setup (after you run setupgroups) consists of three groups Guests, Users and Managers which have privileges as described above. All new users are automatically added to Users group (thanks to Automatic group assignments). The Guests groups is used for not logged in users.

To customize this setup, it is recommended to remove privileges from Users group and create additional groups with finer privileges (eg. Translators group, which will be allowed to save translations and manage suggestions) and add selected users to this group. You can do all this from Django admin interface.

To completely lock down your Weblate installation you can use LOGIN_REQUIRED_URLS for forcing users to login and REGISTRATION_OPEN for disallowing new registrations.


Never remove Weblate predefined groups (Guests, Users and Managers). If you do not want to use these features, just remove all privileges from them.

Extra privileges

Weblate defines following extra privileges:

Can upload translation [Users, Managers]
Uploading of translation files.
Can overwrite with translation upload [Users, Managers]
Overwriting existing translations by uploading translation file.
Can define author of translation upload [Managers]
Allows to define custom authorship when uploading translation file.
Can force committing of translation [Managers]
Can force VCS commit in the web interface.
Can see VCS repository URL [Users, Managers, Guests]
Can see VCS repository URL inside Weblate
Can update translation from VCS [Managers]
Can force VCS pull in the web interface.
Can push translations to remote VCS [Managers]
Can force VCS push in the web interface.
Can do automatic translation using other project strings [Managers]
Can do automatic translation based on strings from other components
Can lock whole translation project [Managers]
Can lock translation for updates, useful while doing some major changes in the project.
Can reset translations to match remote VCS [Managers]
Can reset VCS repository to match remote VCS.
Can access VCS repository [Users, Managers, Guests]
Can access the underlying VCS repository (see Git exporter).
Can save translation [Users, Managers]
Can save translation (might be disabled with Suggestion voting).
Can save template [Users, Managers]
Can edit source strings (usually English)
Can accept suggestion [Users, Managers]
Can accept suggestion (might be disabled with Suggestion voting).
Can delete suggestion [Users, Managers]
Can delete suggestion (might be disabled with Suggestion voting).
Can delete comment [Managers]
Can delete comment.
Can vote for suggestion [Users, Managers]
Can vote for suggestion (see Suggestion voting).
Can override suggestion state [Managers]
Can save translation, accept or delete suggestion when automatic accepting by voting for suggestions is enabled (see Suggestion voting).
Can import dictionary [Users, Managers]
Can import dictionary from translation file.
Can add dictionary [Users, Managers]
Can add dictionary entries.
Can change dictionary [Users, Managers]
Can change dictionary entries.
Can delete dictionary [Users, Managers]
Can delete dictionary entries.
Can lock translation for translating [Users, Managers]
Can lock translation while translating (see Translation locking).
Can add suggestion [Users, Managers, Guests]
Can add new suggestions.
Can use machine translation [Users, Managers]
Can use machine translations (see Machine translation).
Can manage ACL rules for a project [Managers]
Can add users to ACL controlled projects (see Per project access control)
Can access project [Managers]
Can access ACL controlled projects (see Per project access control)
Can edit priority [Managers]
Can adjust source string priority
Can edit check flags [Managers]
Can adjust source string check flags
Can download changes [Managers]
Can download changes in a CSV format.
Can display reports [Managers]
Can display detailed translation reports.
Can add translation [Users, Managers]
Can start translations in new language.
Can mass add translation [Managers]
Can start translations in several languages at once.
Can delete translation [Managers]
Can remove translation.
Can change sub project [Managers]
Can edit component settings.
Can change project [Managers]
Can edit project settings.
Can upload screenshot [Managers]
Can upload source string screenshot context.

Per project access control

New in version 1.4: This feature is available since Weblate 1.4.

Changed in version 2.13: Since Weblate 2.13 the per project access control uses Group-based access control under the hood. You might need some adjustments to your setup if you were using both features.


By enabling ACL, all users are prohibited to access anything within given project unless you add them the permission to do that.

Additionally you can limit users access to individual projects. This feature is enabled by Enable ACL at Project configuration. This automatically creates Group-based access control for this project

To allow access to this project, you have to add the privilege to do so either directly to given user or group of users in Django admin interface. Or using user management on project page as described in Managing per project access control.


Even with ACL enabled some summary information will be available about your project:

  • Site wide statistics includes counts for all projects
  • Site wide languages summary includes counts for all projects

Automatic group assignments

New in version 2.5.

You can configure Weblate to automatically add users to groups based on their email. This automatic assignment happens only at time of account creation.

This can be configured in the Django admin interface (in the Accounts section).

Group-based access control

New in version 2.5: This feature is available since Weblate 2.5.

You can designate groups that have exclusive access to a particular language, project or component, or a combination thereof. This feature is also used to implement Per project access control by automatically created groups for each project. For example, you can use this feature to designate a language-specific translator team with full privileges for their own language.

This works by “locking” given permission for the group(s) in question to the object, the effect of which is twofold.

Firstly, groups that are locked for some object are the only groups that have given privileges on that object. If a user is not a member of the locked group, they cannot edit the object, even if their privileges or group membership allows them to edit other (unlocked) objects.

Secondly, privileges of the locked group don’t apply on objects other than those to which the group is locked. If a user is a member of the locked group which grants them edit privileges, they can only edit the object locked to the group, unless something else grants them a general edit privilege.

This can be configured in the Django admin interface. The recommended workflow is as follows:

  1. Create a new group ACL in the Group ACL section. Pick a project, subproject, language, or a combination, which will be locked to this group ACL.
  2. Define permissions you want to limit by this group ACL.
  3. Use the + (plus sign) button to the right of Groups field to create a new group. In the pop-up window, fill out the group name and assign permissions.
  4. Save the newly created group ACL.
  5. In the Users section of the admin interface, assign users to the newly created group.

For example, you could create a group called czech_translators, assign it full privileges, and lock it to Czech language. From that point on, all users in this groups would get full privileges for the Czech language in all projects and components, but not for any other languages. Also, users who are not members of the czech_translators group would get no privileges on Czech language in any project.

In order to delete a group ACL, make sure that you first delete the group (or remove its privileges), and only then delete the group ACL. Otherwise, there will be a window of time in which the group is “unlocked” and its permissions apply to all objects. In our example, members of czech_translators group would have full privileges for everything that is not locked to other groups.

It is possible to lock multiple groups within a single group ACL. One group can also be locked to multiple objects through multiple group ACLs. As long as a group is recorded in at least one group ACL, it’s considered to be “locked”, and its privileges do not apply outside the locks.

Group ACLs apply in order of specificity. “Component” is considered most specific, “Language” is least specific. Combinations follow the most specific part of the combination: a group ACL that is locked to a particular component is more specific than a group ACL locked to this component’s project and a particular language. That means that members of the component-specific groups will have privileges on the component, and members of the project-and-language-specific groups will not. The latter will, of course, have privileges on their language in all other components of the project.

For project-level actions (such as pushing upstream, setting priority, etc.), you must create a group ACL locked to only the project. Combinations, such as project plus language, only apply to actions on individual translations.

Managing users and groups

All users and groups can be managed using Django admin interface, which is available under /admin/ URL.

Managing per project access control


This feature only works for ACL controlled projects, see Per project access control.

Users with Can manage ACL rules for a project privilege (see Access control) can also manage users in projects with access control enabled on the project page. You can add or remove users to the project or make them owners.

The user management is available in Tools menu of a project: