You can manage access to repositories by defining users, assigning them to groups and setting up roles and permissions which can be applied to both users and groups.
Creating and Editing Users
To manage users who can access repositories in your system, in the Admin module, select Security | Users.
Create a new user by clicking New at the top of the users table.
Only administrators can create users
To create users you must be an administrator (unless you are using external authentication such as LDAP)
In the New User (or Edit User) dialog you can set the User Name, Email Address and Password for the user as well as the following parameters:
|When set, this user is an administrator with all the ensuing privileges. For more details please refer to Administrator Users.|
Disable UI Access
|When set, this user can only access Artifactory through the REST API.|
Can Update Profile
When set, this user can update his profile details (except for the password. Only an administrator can update the password).
There may be cases in which you want to leave this unset to prevent users from updating their profile. For example, a departmental user with a single password shared between all department members.
Disable Internal Password
|When set, disables the fallback of using an internal password when external authentication (such as LDAP) is enabled.|
Artifactory stores passwords as hashes or encrypted hashes.
If the user has generated an API key, you can revoke it from the Actions menu.
An administrator user is to Artifactory as a "root" is to UNIX systems. Administrators are not subject to any security restrictions, and we therefore recommend to create a minimum number of administrators in your system.
You can control which permission-targets administrators have access to thereby assigning responsibility for a specific repository path. For details please refer to Managing Permissions.
The Default Admin Account
The default user name and password for the built-in administrator user are:
You should change the password after first log in. If you forget the admin account password, you can recover it. Please refer to Recreating the Default Admin User.
The Anonymous User
Artifactory supports the concept of anonymous users and installs with a pre-defined
anonymous user to which you can assign permissions just like for any other user.
Anonymous access can be controlled under Security General Configuration. Set Allow Anonymous Access to activate the anonymous user. The anonymous user must be activated before you can fine tune its permissions.
When anonymous access is activated, anonymous requests can download cached artifacts and populate caches, regardless of other permissions defined.
Creating and Editing Groups
A group represents a role in Artifactory and is used with RBAC (Role-Based Access Control) rules.
To manage groups, in the Admin module select Security | Groups.
Create a new group by clicking New at the top of the groups table.
You must assign a unique name to each group and can add an optional description
When creating (or editing) a group you can set Automatically Join New Users to this Group.
When this parameter is set, any new users defined in the system are automatically assigned to this group.
This is particularly useful if users are defined automatically and you want them to be assigned to certain groups. For example, when using external authentication such as LDAP, users are automatically created on successful login and you can use this parameter to assign these users to particular groups by default.
Admin Privileges for a Group
There are two ways to manage users' assignment to groups:
In both cases, you can assign corresponding permissions to the user or group respectively on the same screen. For more details please refer to Managing Permissions.
Setting Groups for a User
You can assign and remove a user from groups when the user is created or by editing user's details later.
In the Admin module, under Security | Users, from the list of users, select the user you wish to assign to or remove from groups.
In the Related Groups section of the form, you can set which groups the user should be assigned to.
Setting Users for a Group
You can assign and remove a users from a group by editing the group's details.
In the Admin module, under Security | Groups, from the list of groups, select the group you wish modify.
In the Users section of the form, you can set which users should be assigned to the group.
Recreating the Default Admin User
If you are unable to obtain administrator access, you will need to recreate the default administrator user in order to be able to manage users of your system using the following steps::
- Obtain a security configuration file
- Reset the admin password
- Correctly place the security configuration file
Obtaining a Security Configuration File
The security configuration file is called
If your instance of Artifactory is configured to perform backups automatically, you can find it in the root backup folder.
If Artifactory is not configured to perform backups automatically you need to force creation of a new
security.xml file as follows:
- Remove the file
$ARTIFACTORY_HOME/data/.deleteForSecurityMarkerand restart Artifactory
- Make sure that Artifactory completes the startup sequence without interruption
- The security configuration file with the current time stamp can be found in
Resetting the Admin Password
Reset the admin password as follows:
- Make a copy of the
security.xmlfile you obtained in the previous section
In the copy, edit the admin's password field and enter the password hash code (according to your version of Artifactory) as follows:
Replacing the Security Configuration File
- Place the modified security configuration file under
- Rename the file to
- Restart Artifactory
Once Artifactory has completed its startup sequence you will be able to login using the default admin user credentials:
Disabling Remember Me at Login
The Artifactory login screen includes a Remember Me checkbox. If the user sets this checkbox when logging in, Artifactory will store a cookie in the browser for a period of 7 days allowing the user to be logged in automatically when starting up Artifactory.
Once the cookie expires, the user will have to log in again.
An Artifactory administrator can disable this feature and force all users to enter their credentials at every login. To do so simply add the following property to
$ARTIFACTORY_HOME/etc/artifactory.system.properties and restart Artifactory: