Manage roles

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Manage roles

Since the release of LimeSurvey Version 4, users have had the ability to assign roles through the global permissions functionality.

As an administrator, you can assign roles directly to a user. The roles that a user is assigned to provides the permissions they need for their role.

Basic overview

Managing users/user roles: Configuration -> Users -> User roles


From here you can view a list of current roles and create or import a role.


There are five buttons in the actions column assigned to all roles.


  • The View button, identified by the magnifying glass icon, gives you an overview of the users currently assigned to this role.
  • The Permissions button, identified by the lock icon, opens the permissions table. All permissions selected here will be applied to users assigned to the role.
  • The Edit button, identified by the pencil icon, allows you to edit the name and description of the role.
  • The Export button, identified by the download icon, allows you to export a role as an XML-File. The exported file can then be used in another survey.
  • The Delete button, identified by the red trash bin icon, deletes the role.

Add a new role

To add a new role click on Add role in the top bar.


  • Enter a name for the role.
    • It should be short and easy to understand.
  • Enter a description.
    • The description will be shown only on the overview page.

ATTENTION! Both input fields are required!

  • Click on Save.