Access control

Weblate comes with a fine-grained privilege system to assign user permissions for the whole instance, or in a limited scope.

Changed in version 3.0: Before Weblate 3.0, the privilege system was based on Django privilege system only, but is specifically built for Weblate now. If using anything older, please consult the documentation for the specific version you are using.

Simple access control

If you are not administrating the whole Weblate installation and just have access to manage certain projects (like on Hosted Weblate), your access control management options are limited to following settings. If you don’t need any complex setup, those are sufficient for you.

Project access control


This feature is unavailable for projects running the Libre plan on Hosted Weblate.

You can limit user’s access to individual projects by selecting a different Access control setting. Available options are:


Publicly visible, translatable for all signed-in users.


Publicly visible, but translatable only for selected users.


Visible and translatable only for selected users.


User management features will be disabled; by default all users are forbidden to performed any actions on the project. You will have to set up all the permissions using Custom access control.

Access control can be changed in the Access tab of the configuration (ManageSettings) of each respective project.


The default value can be changed by DEFAULT_ACCESS_CONTROL.


Even for Private projects, some info about your project will be exposed: statistics and language summary for the whole instance will include counts for all projects despite the access control setting. Your project name and other information can’t be revealed through this.


The actual set of permissions available for users by default in Public, Protected, and Private projects can be redefined by Weblate instance administrator using custom settings.


By turning on Custom access control, Weblate will remove all special groups it has created for a selected project. If you are doing this without admin permission for the whole Weblate instance, you will instantly lose your access to manage the project.

See also

Access control

Managing per-project access control

Users with the Manage project access privilege (see List of privileges and built-in roles) can manage users in projects via adding them to the teams. The initial collection of teams is provided by Weblate, but additional ones can be defined providing more fine-grained access control. You can limit teams to languages and assign them designated access roles (see List of privileges and built-in roles).

The following teams are automatically created for every project:

For Public, Protected and Private projects:


Includes all permissions available for the project.

Review (only if review workflow is turned on)

Can approve translations during review.

For Protected and Private projects only:


Can translate the project and upload translations made offline.


Can edit source strings (if allowed in the project settings) and source string info.


Can manage translated languages (add or remove translations).


Can manage glossary (add or remove entries, also upload).


Can manage translation memory.


Can manage screenshots (add or remove them, and associate them to source strings).

Automatic translation

Can use automatic translation.


Can manage VCS and access the exported repository.


Can access billing info and settings (see Billing).


These features are available on the Access control page, which can be accessed from the project’s menu ManageUsers.

New user invitation

Also, besides adding an existing user to the project, it is possible to invite new ones. Any new user will be created immediately, but the account will remain inactive until signing in with a link in the invitation sent via an e-mail. It is not required to have any site-wide privileges in order to do so, access management permission on the project’s scope (e.g. a membership in the Administration team) would be sufficient.


If the invited user missed the validity of the invitation, they can set their password using invited e-mail address in the password reset form as the account is created already.

New in version 3.11: It is possible to resend the e-mail for user invitations (invalidating any previously sent invitation).

The same kind of invitations are available site-wide from the management interface on the Users tab.

Blocking users

New in version 4.7.

In case some users behave badly in your project, you have an option to block them from contributing. The blocked user still will be able to see the project if he has permissions for that, but he won’t be able to contribute.

Per-project permission management

You can set your projects to Protected or Private, and manage users per-project in the Weblate user interface.

By default this prevents Weblate from granting access provided by Users and Viewers default groups due to these groups’ own configuration. This doesn’t prevent you from granting permissions to those projects site-wide by altering default groups, creating a new one, or creating additional custom settings for individual component as described in Custom access control below.

One of the main benefits of managing permissions through the Weblate user interface is that you can delegate it to other users without giving them the superuser privilege. In order to do so, add them to the Administration team of the project.

Custom access control


This feature is unavailable for projects running the Libre plan on Hosted Weblate.

The permission system is based on groups and roles, where roles define a set of permissions, and groups link them to users and translations, see Users, roles, groups, and permissions for more details.

The most powerful features of the Weblate’s access control system for now are available only through the Django admin interface. You can use it to manage permissions of any project. You don’t necessarily have to switch it to Custom access control to utilize it. However you must have superuser privileges in order to use it.

If you are not interested in details of implementation, and just want to create a simple-enough configuration based on the defaults, or don’t have a site-wide access to the whole Weblate installation (like on Hosted Weblate), please refer to the Simple access control section.

Common setups

This section contains an overview of some common configurations you may be interested in.

Site-wide permission management

To manage permissions for a whole instance at once, add users to appropriate default groups:

  • Users (this is done by default by the automatic group assignment).

  • Reviewers (if you are using review workflow with dedicated reviewers).

  • Managers (if you want to delegate most of the management operations to somebody else).

You should keep all projects configured as Public (see Project access control), otherwise the site-wide permissions provided by membership in the Users and Reviewers groups won’t have any effect.

You may also grant some additional permissions of your choice to the default groups. For example, you may want to give a permission to manage screenshots to all the Users.

You can define some new custom groups as well. If you want to keep managing your permissions site-wide for these groups, choose an appropriate value for the Project selection (e.g. All projects or All public projects).

Custom permissions for languages, components or projects

You can create your own dedicated groups to manage permissions for distinct objects such as languages, components, and projects. Although these groups can only grant additional privileges, you can’t revoke any permission granted by site-wide or per-project groups by adding another custom group.


If you want (for whatever reason) to allow translation to a specific language (lets say Czech) only to a closed set of reliable translators while keeping translations to other languages public, you will have to:

  1. Remove the permission to translate Czech from all the users. In the default configuration this can be done by altering the Users default group.

    Group Users

    Language selection

    As defined


    All but Czech

  1. Add a dedicated group for Czech translators.

    Group Czech translators


    Power users

    Project selection

    All public projects

    Language selection

    As defined



  1. Add users you wish to give the permissions to into this group.

As you can see, permissions management this way is powerful, but can be quite a tedious job. You can’t delegate it to another user, unless granting superuser permissions.

Users, roles, groups, and permissions

The authentication models consist of several objects:


Individual permission defined by Weblate. Permissions cannot be assigned to users. This can only be done through assignment of roles.


A role defines a set of permissions. This allows reuse of these sets in several places, making the administration easier.


User can belong to several groups.


Group connect roles, users, and authentication objects (projects, languages, and component lists).

graph auth { "User" -- "Group"; "Group" -- "Role"; "Role" -- "Permission"; "Group" -- "Project"; "Group" -- "Language"; "Group" -- "Components"; "Group" -- "Component list"; }


A group can have no roles assigned to it, in that case access to browse the project by anyone is assumed (see below).

Access for browse to a project

A user has to be a member of a group linked to the project, or any component inside that project. Having membership is enough, no specific permissions are needed to browse the project (this is used in the default Viewers group, see List of groups).

Access for browse to a component

A user can access unrestricted components once able to access the components’ project (and will have all the permissions the user was granted for the project). With Restricted access turned on, access to the component requires explicit permissions for the component (or a component list the component is in).

Scope of groups

The scope of the permission assigned by the roles in the groups are applied by the following rules:

  • If the group specifies any Component list, all the permissions given to members of that group are granted for all the components in the component lists attached to the group, and an access with no additional permissions is granted for all the projects these components are in. Components and Projects are ignored.

  • If the group specifies any Components, all the permissions given to the members of that group are granted for all the components attached to the group, and an access with no additional permissions is granted for all the projects these components are in. Projects are ignored.

  • Otherwise, if the group specifies any Projects, either by directly listing them or by having Projects selection set to a value like All public projects, all those permissions are applied to all the projects, which effectively grants the same permissions to access all projects unrestricted components.

  • The restrictions imposed by a group’s Languages are applied separately, when it’s verified if a user has an access to perform certain actions. Namely, it’s applied only to actions directly related to the translation process itself like reviewing, saving translations, adding suggestions, etc.


Use Language selection or Project selection to automate inclusion of all languages or projects.


Let’s say there is a project foo with the components: foo/bar and foo/baz and the following group:

Group Spanish Admin-Reviewers


Review Strings, Manage repository





Members of that group will have following permissions (assuming the default role settings):

  • General (browsing) access to the whole project foo including both components in it: foo/bar and foo/baz.

  • Review strings in foo/bar Spanish translation (not elsewhere).

  • Manage VCS for the whole foo/bar repository e.g. commit pending changes made by translators for all languages.

Automatic group assignments

On the bottom of the Group editing page in the Django admin interface, you can specify Automatic group assignments, which is a list of regular expressions used to automatically assign newly created users to a group based on their e-mail addresses. This assignment only happens upon account creation.

The most common use-case for the feature is to assign all new users to some default group. In order to do so, you will probably want to keep the default value (^.*$) in the regular expression field. Another use-case for this option might be to give some additional privileges to employees of your company by default. Assuming all of them use corporate e-mail addresses on your domain, this can be accomplished with an expression like ^.*


Automatic group assignment to Users and Viewers is always recreated when upgrading from one Weblate version to another. If you want to turn it off, set the regular expression to ^$ (which won’t match anything).


As for now, there is no way to bulk-add already existing users to some group via the user interface. For that, you may resort to using the REST API.

Default groups and roles

After installation, a default set of groups is created (see List of groups).

These roles and groups are created upon installation. The built-in roles are always kept up to date by the database migration when upgrading. You can’t actually change them, please define a new role if you want to define your own set of permissions.

List of privileges and built-in roles




Billing (see Billing)

View billing info

Administration, Billing


Download changes



Post comment

Administration, Edit source, Power user, Review strings, Translate

Delete comment


Resolve comment

Administration, Review strings


Edit component settings


Lock component, preventing translations



Add glossary entry

Administration, Manage glossary, Power user

Edit glossary entry

Administration, Manage glossary, Power user

Delete glossary entry

Administration, Manage glossary, Power user

Upload glossary entries

Administration, Manage glossary, Power user

Automatic suggestions

Use automatic suggestions

Administration, Edit source, Power user, Review strings, Translate

Translation memory

Edit translation memory

Administration, Manage translation memory

Delete translation memory

Administration, Manage translation memory


Edit project settings


Manage project access



Download reports



Add screenshot

Administration, Manage screenshots

Edit screenshot

Administration, Manage screenshots

Delete screenshot

Administration, Manage screenshots

Source strings

Edit additional string info

Administration, Edit source


Add new string


Remove a string


Dismiss failing check

Administration, Edit source, Power user, Review strings, Translate

Edit strings

Administration, Edit source, Power user, Review strings, Translate

Review strings

Administration, Review strings

Edit string when suggestions are enforced

Administration, Review strings

Edit source strings

Administration, Edit source, Power user


Accept suggestion

Administration, Edit source, Power user, Review strings, Translate

Add suggestion

Administration, Edit source, Add suggestion, Power user, Review strings, Translate

Delete suggestion

Administration, Power user

Vote on suggestion

Administration, Edit source, Power user, Review strings, Translate


Add language for translation

Administration, Power user, Manage languages

Perform automatic translation

Administration, Automatic translation

Delete existing translation

Administration, Manage languages

Download translation file

Administration, Edit source, Access repository, Power user, Review strings, Translate, Manage languages

Add several languages for translation

Administration, Manage languages


Define author of uploaded translation


Overwrite existing strings with upload

Administration, Edit source, Power user, Review strings, Translate

Upload translations

Administration, Edit source, Power user, Review strings, Translate


Access the internal repository

Administration, Access repository, Power user, Manage repository

Commit changes to the internal repository

Administration, Manage repository

Push change from the internal repository

Administration, Manage repository

Reset changes in the internal repository

Administration, Manage repository

View upstream repository location

Administration, Access repository, Power user, Manage repository

Update the internal repository

Administration, Manage repository

Site wide privileges

Use management interface

Add new projects

Add language definitions

Manage language definitions

Manage groups

Manage users

Manage roles

Manage announcements

Manage translation memory

Manage machinery

Manage component lists


Site-wide privileges are not granted to any default role. These are powerful and quite close to superuser status. Most of them affect all projects in your Weblate installation.

List of groups

The following groups are created upon installation (or after executing setupgroups) and you are free to modify them. The migration will, however, re-create them if you delete or rename them.


Defines permissions for non-authenticated users.

This group only contains anonymous users (see ANONYMOUS_USER_NAME).

You can remove roles from this group to limit permissions for non-authenticated users.

Default roles: Add suggestion, Access repository


This role ensures visibility of public projects for all users. By default, all users are members of this group.

By default, automatic group assignment makes all new accounts members of this group when they join.

Default roles: none


Default group for all users.

By default, automatic group assignment makes all new accounts members of this group when they join.

Default roles: Power user


Group for reviewers (see Translation workflows).

Default roles: Review strings


Group for administrators.

Default roles: Administration


Never remove the predefined Weblate groups and users as this can lead to unexpected problems! If you have no use for them, you can removing all their privileges instead.

Additional access restrictions

If you want to use your Weblate installation in a less public manner, i.e. allow new users on an invitational basis only, it can be done by configuring Weblate in such a way that only known users have an access to it. In order to do so, you can set REGISTRATION_OPEN to False to prevent registrations of any new users, and set REQUIRE_LOGIN to /.* to require signing in to access all the site pages. This is basically the way to lock your Weblate installation.


You can use built-in New user invitation to add new users.