Cluster Access Control


Access control is available only in the Databricks Operational Security Package.

By default, all users can create and modify clusters unless an administrator enables cluster access control. With cluster access control, permissions determine a user’s abilities. This topic describes the permissions and how to enable and configure cluster access control.

Types of permissions

You can configure two types of cluster permissions:

  • Cluster creation permission controls your ability to create clusters.
  • Individual cluster permissions control your ability to use and modify a specific cluster.

When cluster access control is enabled:

  • An administrator can configure whether a user can create clusters.
  • Any user with Can Manage permission can configure whether a user can attach to, restart, resize, and manage existing clusters.

Individual cluster permissions

There are four permission levels for a cluster: No Permissions, Can Attach To, Can Restart, and Can Manage. The table lists the abilities for each permission.

Ability No Permissions Can Attach To Can Restart Can Manage
Attach notebook to cluster   x x x
View Spark UI   x x x
View cluster metrics   x x x
Terminate cluster     x x
Start cluster     x x
Restart cluster     x x
Edit cluster       x
Attach library to cluster       x
Resize cluster       x
Modify permissions       x


You have Can Manage permission for any cluster that you create.

Enable cluster access control

  1. Go to the Admin Console.

  2. Select the Access Control tab.

  3. Click the Enable button next to Cluster and Jobs Access Control.

  4. Click Confirm to confirm the change.

Configure cluster creation permission

Cluster access control must be enabled.

  1. Go to the Admin Console.

  2. In the Users page, select or deselect the Allow cluster creation checkbox in the user’s row.

  3. Click Confirm to confirm the change.

Configure individual cluster permissions

Cluster access control must be enabled and you must have Can Manage permission for that cluster.

  1. Click the clusters icon Clusters Menu Icon in the sidebar.

  2. Click the Permissions Icon lock icon under the Actions column of an existing cluster.

  3. In the pop-up dialog box, assign cluster permissions using the drop-down menu beside a user’s name.

  4. Click Done.