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Default action groups

This page catalogs all default action groups. Often, the most coherent way to create new action groups is to use a combination of these default groups and individual permissions.


Name Description
unlimited Grants complete access. Can be used on an cluster- or index-level. Equates to "*".


Name Description
cluster_all Grants all cluster permissions. Equates to cluster:*.
cluster_monitor Grants all cluster monitoring permissions. Equates to cluster:monitor/*.
cluster_composite_ops_ro Grants read-only permissions to execute requests like mget, msearch, or mtv, plus permissions to query for aliases.
cluster_composite_ops Same as CLUSTER_COMPOSITE_OPS_RO, but also grants bulk permissions and all aliases permissions.
manage_snapshots Grants permissions to manage snapshots and repositories.


Name Description
indices_all Grants all permissions on the index. Equates to indices:*.
get Grants permissions to use get and mget actions only.
read Grants read permissions such as search, get field mappings, get, and mget.
write Grants permissions to create and update documents within existing indices. To create new indices, see CREATE_INDEX.
delete Grants permissions to delete documents.
crud Combines the READ, WRITE and DELETE action groups.
search Grants permissions to search documents. Includes SUGGEST.
suggest Grants permissions to use the suggest API. Included in the READ action group.
create_index Grants permissions to create indices and mappings.
indices_monitor Grants permissions to execute all index monitoring actions (e.g. recovery, segments info, index stats, and status).
manage_aliases Grants permissions to manage aliases.
manage Grants all monitoring and administration permissions for indices.