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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.

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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)

Add new user

In the New User (or Edit User) dialog you can set the User NameEmail 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 their 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.

Revoke API key

Administrator Users

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: admin/password.
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 ConfigurationSet 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.

Group Management

Create a new group by clicking New at the top of the groups table.

Add New Group

You must assign a unique name to each group and can add an optional description

Default Groups

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.

User Management

There are two ways to manage users' assignment to groups:

  1. Setting the groups for a user
  2. Setting the users for a group

Setting permissions

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.

Related Groups

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.

Manage group users

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::

  1. Obtain a security configuration file
  2. Reset the admin password
  3. Correctly place the security configuration file

Obtaining a Security Configuration File

The security configuration file is called security.xml.

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/.deleteForSecurityMarker and 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 $ARTIFACTORY_HOME/etc/security.<time stamp>.xml

Resetting the Admin Password

Reset the admin password as follows: 

  • Make a copy of the security.xml file 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:

    Admin password hash code
    For version 3.x and above: <password>1f70548d73baca61aab8660733c7de81</password>
    For version 2.x: <password>5f4dcc3b5aa765d61d8327deb882cf99</password>

Replacing the Security Configuration File

  • Place the modified security configuration file under $ARTIFACTORY_HOME/etc
  • Rename the file to security.import.xml
  • 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 2 weeks allowing the user to be logged in automatically when starting up Artifactory.

Once the cookie expires, the user will have to log in again.

Remember Me

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/ and restart Artifactory:
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