Resource Roles

Last modified on September 27, 2023
This page of the documentation describes roles and permissions for resource access in SaaS. For working with others in On-Premise installations, click here.

For an overview of resource sharing and user roles, click here.

Resources within SwaggerHub can be shared with other people.

  • If a resource is private, it is accessible only to the organization owner(s) and members of the organization.

  • If a resource is public, anyone can view it, but only the organization owner and designers can change it.

The number of members that can be added to SwaggerHub depends on the SwaggerHub plan. Click here to explore adding users.


A user (organization member) can be assigned the following roles:

  • Designer
  • Consumer
  • Owner - a designer with system administration privileges

These roles provide the following privileges:

Privilege Consumer1 Designer
View APIs and domains
Create and edit APIs and domains, add and delete versions, publish/unpublish, rename, compare and merge  
Create, edit and manage API custom templates organization owners
Transfer resources to another owner, delete resources organization owners
Code generation    
Generate client and server code 2   2
Configure codegen options  
Add, manage and trigger integrations  
Working with Others    
Manage sharing  
Comments (OpenAPI only)    
View, add, reply, edit, resolve, delete, reopen comments 3


1 Organization members get commenting permissions automatically if the Allow Consumers to Comment on all the APIs & Domains they can access option is enabled for the organization. This option is available in SwaggerHub SaaS, SwaggerHub On-Premise 1.24 and later.

2 API owners and designers can limit the client and server generators available to individual APIs.

3 Consumers can resolve, edit, delete, and reopen only their own comments.

Manage resource sharing

Designers can manage the members that are allowed to share resources.

  1. Open your API or domain page.

  2. In the top right corner, click :

  3. To add members, enter a user name or team name you want to add, and select a role for each.

    To remove a user, click Remove next to their name.

    Collaborators and roles

    Click the image to enlarge it.

Newly invited users will get an email notification.

Email notifications

All people sharing a resource receive an email notification when:

  • They have been invited to share a resource.

  • Comments are added, replied to, resolved or reopened.

  • A version of a resource is published, unpublished or deleted.

Note: Saving the API in the editor and adding a new API version do not trigger notifications. Also, notifications are not sent to the user who triggered notifications.

Concurrent editing

Multiple users can edit the same API definition simultaneously. However, when somebody saves their changes, they can overwrite the changes made by others. To prevent data loss, during editing, SwaggerHub displays a warning every time someone saves their changes to the definition:

Editing Swagger definitions in SwaggerHub: Warning on concurrent editing

Also, if someone changed the API definition while you were editing it, SwaggerHub will warn you before saving your changes:

Editing Swagger definitions in SwaggerHub: Message on overwriting changes

To avoid data loss in this case, we recommend that you save your API to a file and then merge it with the API stored in SwaggerHub. You can merge specifications by using the SwaggerHub Compare and Merge feature, or by using some external merge tool.

Also, we recommend that you use comments to coordinate your work with other users.

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