Get roles API

Retrieves roles in the native realm.

Request

GET /_xpack/security/role

GET /_xpack/security/role/<name>

Description

For more information about the native realm, see Realms and Configuring a native realm.

Path Parameters

name
(string) The name of the role. You can specify multiple roles as a comma-separated list. If you do not specify this parameter, the API returns information about all roles.

Authorization

To use this API, you must have at least the manage_security cluster privilege.

Examples

The following example retrieves information about the my_admin_role role in the native realm:

GET /_xpack/security/role/my_admin_role

A successful call returns an array of roles with the JSON representation of the role. If the role is not defined in the native realm, the request returns 404.

{
  "my_admin_role": {
    "cluster" : [ "all" ],
    "indices" : [
      {
        "names" : [ "index1", "index2" ],
        "privileges" : [ "all" ],
        "field_security" : {
          "grant" : [ "title", "body" ]}
      }
    ],
    "applications" : [ ],
    "run_as" : [ "other_user" ],
    "metadata" : {
      "version" : 1
    },
    "transient_metadata": {
      "enabled": true
    }
  }
}

To retrieve all roles, omit the role name:

GET /_xpack/security/role

If single role is requested, that role is returned as the response. When requesting multiple roles, an object is returned holding the found roles, each keyed by the relevant role name.