Permissions Management


TYPO3 is known for its flexibility and the ability to be expanded. It's packed with lots of built-in features and can be easily customized to fit your needs. That's why it is equipped with an advanced way to manage who gets access to different parts of the system. This solution works well for both small and large projects, allowing for detailed setting of permissions for various user roles, each with different levels of access.

The access options in the TYPO3 backend are split into different areas. They can be configured at the levels of users and groups. Access can be set up for specific modules and pages, database mounts, file storage, content elements, and also individual fields within content elements.

A well-thought out initial setup is particularly important for permissions management. Skipping this step can introduce complex issues as your project expands. As time passes, managing access levels can turn into a challenging and time-consuming task. In extreme situations, you might find yourself needing to overhaul your permissions setup entirely. Moreover, improper permission setup could lead to a risky workaround: granting administrative privileges to users who shouldn't have them, even though it may seem like a quick fix at the time. This approach compromises security and deviates from best practice.

We also recognize that each project is unique and may require a distinct setup for permissions. Therefore, please consider this document as a compilation of recommended practices and guidelines that could be beneficial in managing permissions within the TYPO3 backend. However, remember that these recommendations are adaptable and can be tailored to suit your specific requirements.

What access options can be set within TYPO3?

Access options in TYPO3 are categorized into several distinct groups. For a more detailed exploration, refer to the Access Control Options documentation page. However, here's a quick overview to give you an idea of what to consider when configuring permissions in the backend.

Access lists

Modules - A list of submodules accessible to a user

Dashboard widgets - A selection of dashboard widgets that a user can be permitted to use on the dashboard

Tables for listing - A list of tables that a user is permitted to view in the backend

Tables for editing - A list of tables that a user is permitted to edit in the backend

Page types -A list of page types that a user is allowed to use within the pages tree

Excludefields - A list of default-excluded fields (columns) within tables, requiring explicit access permission

Explicitly allow/deny field values - A list of options within select fields whose access is restricted and must be explicitly granted

Languages - Restricts access to content in selected languages only


Database Mounts - Specifies which parts of the pages tree are accessible to the user.

File Mounts - Specify accessible folders within storage for users

Category Mounts - Specify which sections of the system's categories tree are accessible to the user

Page permissions
Grant access to individual pages based on user and group IDs.
User TSConfig
A TypoScript-defined, flexible, and hierarchical configuration for "soft" permissions and backend customization for users or groups

Visualizing this overview of Access Control Options will help in developing the naming convention for backend groups later on.