Roles and permissions

User permissions for workspaces and projects in Count.


Count's permissions model helps teams of different sizes to work flexibly whilst maintaining strong governance over who can access the team's data and analysis.

A user's access is governed by:

  • Their workspace role.

  • Any groups they are a member of.

  • The projects they can access.

  • The role they have within each project.

You can view everyone with access to the workspace in the Members tab in the workspace settings.

Workspace roles

There are several workspace roles in Count, which determine the actions workspace members are permitted to perform.

Roles are hierarchical, where Owner is the most permissive role and Guest is the least.


Manage billing + settings

Manage members

Create connections + projects


Project roles






Up to admin



Up to analyst



Up to explorer



Up to editor



Up to viewer


Owners have full control of the workspace. They automatically have access to every connection and project and always have administrative privileges in each.

By default the creator of the workspace becomes an owner, and a workspace can have multiple owners. Owners are always billable.

Owners can:

  • Access and change all workspace settings.

  • Create, edit and delete all database connections.

  • Have Admin roles in all projects.

  • Create projects.

  • Manage members and roles.

Owners cannot:

  • Change their own workspace role.

  • Leave a workspace if they are the only Owner.


Admins control how data is accessed within the workspace. They manage all database connections and build and manage projects. Admins are always billable.

Admins can:

  • Create, edit and delete all database connections.

  • Create projects.

  • Be given Admin, Analyst, Editor or Viewer roles within any project.

  • View (but not edit) workspace settings.

  • Manage members and roles.

Admins cannot:

  • See every project in the workspace by default - they have to be invited.

  • Change workspace settings.

  • See workspace billing settings.

  • Change their own workspace role.


Analysts are workspace members that may be given permission to edit code in canvases. Analysts are always billable.

Analysts can:

  • Be given Analyst, Editor or Viewer roles within any project.

  • View the list of members in the workspace.

Analysts cannot:

  • See or edit any database connections by default.

  • Be given Admin roles for any project.

  • See the Settings and Billing tabs in workspace settings.


Explorer roles are not available on all plans.

Explorers are similar to Analysts, but cannot edit SQL or Python cells. The explorer role is billable, and is designed for those members of your workspace with some analytical knowledge but limited SQL proficiency. Low-code cells and visual cells should provide all of the functionality that an explorer needs!


Members are like Analysts, but cannot be granted permission to edit code in any canvases. Members are never billable. If given edit access to a canvas, Members can edit any part of the canvas except for cells and visuals.


Guests are users who have not been invited to join the workspace but have been given access to specific canvases and projects within the workspace. Guests are never billable.

Guests can:

  • Be given Viewer or Report Viewer roles within any project.

  • Be given Viewer or Report Viewer roles for a specific canvas.

Guests cannot:

  • See any workspace settings.

  • See any database connections.

  • Be added to groups.

  • Be invited to projects or canvases via the "Members of workspace" permission.

Project roles

Within each project every member also has a project-specific role. These roles dictate which project-level actions users can perform:

Project Role

Manage data + settings

Invite others to project

Create + edit canvases

Edit cells

View canvases

View reports



Depends on project settings


Depends on project settings

Low-code + visuals


Depends on project settings


Depends on project settings

Report viewer

Depends on project settings

Viewers / Report viewers

Viewers / Report viewers can:

  • View canvases that are shared with the project (if a viewer)

  • View reports that are shared with the project

  • View all members of the project

  • If allowed by the project settings: share canvases outside the project or invite new users to the project as Viewers (if a viewer) or Report viewers

  • Leave the project

Analysts / Explorers / Editors

Analysts / Explorers / Editors can additionally:

  • Create, view, edit and delete canvases

  • Restore deleted canvases

  • View canvas version history

  • Edit cells and visuals (if an analyst or explorer)


Project Admins must have a workspace Owner or Admin role.

Admins can additionally:

  • Manage project membership and roles

  • Manage available connections

  • Update project settings

  • Delete the project

If a user has been assigned two conflicting roles then the most permissive role wins.

For example, if a user has explicitly been granted a project viewer role but in addition the project has granted edit access to the whole workspace, then the user will have edit access.

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