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User Management


In this section you will learn how to create accounts, users, and role assignment with the Anchore Enterprise UI.


  • You have a running instance of Anchore Enterprise and access to the UI.
  • You have the appropriate permissions to create accounts, users, and roles. This means you are either a user in the admin account, or a user that already is a member of the account-users-admin role for your account.

For more information on accounts, users, roles, and permissions see: Role Based Access Control

  • After a successful login, navigate to the configuration tab on the main menu.

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Creating Accounts

In order to create accounts, navigate to the accounts tab from inside the configuration view and select “Create New Account”.

Upon selection, a popup window will display asking for two items:

  • Account Name (required)
  • Email In the following example I’ve created a ‘security’ account:

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Now that a group has been created, I can begin to add users to it.

Viewing Role Permissions

To view the permissions associated with a specific role using the UI, select an account, and navigate to the roles tab:

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To view the members in the account assigned to a specific role, select the ‘View’ button on the right-hand side.

Creating Users and assigning Roles

Upon immediate creation of an account, there will, by default be zero users. To add users, select the edit button corresponding the account you would like to add users to. This will bring you to the account page, where you can add your first user by selecting the “Let’s add one!” button.

Upon selection, a popup window will display asking for three items:

  • Username (required)
  • Password (required)
  • Assign Role(s)
    • Note that you can assign more than one role to a user. For a normal user with full access to add, update, and evaluate images, we recommend assigning the read-write role. The other roles are for specific use-cases such as CI/CD automation, and read-only access for reporting. See: Role Based Access Control from more details on the roles and their capabilities.

In this case I’ve assigned three roles to the user:

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Once ‘OK’ is selected, the user will be created and you will be able to edit or remove the user as needed.

Deleting and Disabling Accounts

In order to delete an account, disable the account by sliding the button under the ‘Active’ column for the corresponding account, then select the ‘Remove’ button on the right-hand side.

A few notes to keep in mind when deleting accounts:

  • The ‘admin’ account is locked and cannot be deleted.
  • Once deletion is in progress, all resources (users, images, automated tasks, etc) will start a garbage collection process and won’t be viewable. Although it will still be present in the list to prevent admins from adding an account with the same name.
  • Once deleted, an account and their associated resources can’t be recovered.

A couple notes on disabling accounts:

  • Disabling accounts is a way for administrators to freeze an account while still keeping any associated analysis info intact.
  • Any automated tasks associated with the disabled account will be frozen.

Switching Account Data Context

System administrator users are able to view another account’s data context using the dropdown located at the top-right:

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Generating API Keys

Enterprise release 5.1 adds support for API keys for various operations. This is to facilitate use-cases where the user does not want to expose their main credentials e.g. integrations can switch to using API keys instead of username/password credentials.

In order to generate an API key, navigate to the Enterprise UI and click on the top right button and select ‘API Keys’:

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Clicking ‘API Keys’ will present a dialog that lists your active, expired and revoked keys:

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To create a new API key, click on the ‘Create New API Key’ and this will open another dialog where it asks you for relevant details for the API key:

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You can specify the following fields:

  • Name: The name of your API key. It is mandatory and unique i.e. you cannot have two API keys with the same name.
  • Description: An optional text descriptor for your API key.
  • Expiry Date: An expiry date for your API key, you cannot specify a date in the past and it cannot exceed 365 days by default.

Click save to save your API key, the UI will display the output of the operation:

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NOTE!: Make sure you copy the value that’s output, there is no way to get this key value back.

Revoking API keys

If there is a situation where you feel your API key has been compromised, you can revoke an active key. This prevents the key from being used for authentication. To revoke a key, click on the ‘Revoke’ button next to a key:

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NOTE: Be careful revoking a key, this is an irreversible operation i.e. you cannot mark it active later.

The UI by default only displays active API keys, if you want to see your revoked and expired keys, check the toggle to ‘Show only active API keys’:

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Managing API Keys as an Admin

As an account admin you can manage API keys for all users in the account you are admin in. A global admin can manage API keys across all accounts and all users.

To access the API keys as an admin, click on the ‘System’ icon and navigate to ‘Accounts’:

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Click ‘Edit’ for the account you want to manage keys for and click on the ‘Tools’ button against the user you wish to manage keys for:

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