Types of Roles

Contentstack provides four user roles: "Owner," "Admin," "Developer," "Content Manager," and "Custom Role."

Let’s understand these roles in detail.


Each stack can have only one Owner. Creating a stack in Contentstack makes you the Owner of the stack. The Owner has the following rights:

  • Complete rights to the content and settings of a stack in addition to the combined rights of a “Developer” and a “Content Manager.”
  • Right to delete a stack
  • Transfer the ownership of the stack to another user.


The Admin role has the following rights:

The Admin role has more rights than a Developer and fewer than the Owner. To know the difference, refer to the Stack Admin vs Stack Owner section.


A “Developer” is a person who creates the structure of the site or defines the way content will appear on the site. Hence, this role has the right to:

To know the difference between the Admin and Developer roles, refer to the Stack Admin vs Stack Developer section.

Content Manager

A “Content Manager” is a user who works with/on the content of a stack. Thus, this role has the right to:

  • Create/edit/delete/publish entries and assets
  • View publishing queue

Note: Content Managers cannot view/edit content types or access stack settings. This role is partially editable, i.e., you can define the environment(s) and locale(s) this role has access to.

Custom Role

In addition to the predefined system roles (“Admin,” “Developer,” and “Content Manager”), you can add custom roles by defining specific permissions, and assign this role to the users of a stack.

The best part about custom roles is that you have fine-grained control over permissions. You can assign permissions at entry, field, and asset level. For example, “ABC” role can READ only two entries of a content type, or EDIT only the SEO fields, or cannot READ any assets.

To create a Custom role, follow the steps mentioned in the Create a Role section.

Note: You can create as many custom roles as you need within a specific stack without limitation.

API Reference

Here are some relevant API requests that you can use when working with our Content Management APIs:

Create a Stack

Delete a Stack

Update a stack

Transfer Ownership

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