Privileges and access

The things you can do in ThoughtSpot are determined by the privileges you have. Privileges are granted through group membership.

If you are trying to do something in ThoughtSpot, and cannot access the screens to accomplish it, you may not have the correct privileges. In this case, you should contact your administrator and explain what you want to accomplish. Your administrator may be able to grant you additional privileges.

Permissions to see and edit answers and pinboards are not affected by privileges. They are given when these items are shared with you.

Privileges in ThoughtSpot

Here are the privileges that the administrator sets, and the capabilities they enable:

Can administer ThoughtSpot

Can manage Users and Groups and has view and edit access to all data. Users with this privilege can also download a saved Answer.

Can upload user data

Can upload their own data from the application’s Data page using Actions  Upload data.

Can download data

Can download data from search results and pinboards.

Can share with all users

Can see the names of and share with users outside of the groups the user belongs to. Members of groups with this privilege can also share with groups marked as NOT SHARABLE.

Can manage data

Can create worksheets and views. Can create connections to external databases.

To edit a worksheet or a view created by another user, you must have the Edit permission on that object, and it must be shared with you.
Can use experimental features

Can access trial and experimental features that ThoughtSpot makes available to early adopters.

Can invoke Custom R Analysis

Can access R scripts to further explore search answers. Includes options to invoke R scripts on visualizations, create and share custom scripts, and share the results of R analysis as answers and pinboards.

Can schedule pinboards

Can create and edit pinboard schedules for other users and groups. Without this privilege, users can only create pinboard schedules for themselves.

Has SpotIQ privilege

Can use the SpotIQ feature.

If this privilege is not enabled for the user, but Insights are enabled on the cluster (this is off by default), they can still see "Did you know" SpotIQ insights on the ThoughtSpot home page.

Can administer and bypass RLS

Users in groups with this privilege (directly or through group inheritance):

  • Are exempt from row-level security (RLS) rules.

  • Can add/edit/delete existing RLS rules.

  • Can check or uncheck Bypass RLS on a worksheet.

    Your installation configuration may enable or disable the availability of this privilege. By default, it is enabled. Administrators or groups with the privilege Can administer ThoughtSpot can grant this privilege.

Cannot create or update pinboards

Users are limited to viewing and exploring curated pinboards (and answers). They cannot copy, edit, download, or share them.

This privilege is designed to support embedded implementations, and it is behind a flag.

See Granular access to pinboards for a deeper discussion of this privilege, and an implementation example.

This privilege is now deprecated. It is unavailable starting in release 8.4.0.sw, if you are using the new answer experience. To use this privilege in 8.4.0.sw and later, return to the classic answer experience. For details, see Deprecation Announcements.

Combining user privileges

The following table shows the intersection of user privilege and ability:

Create/Edit WS
Create View
Create Embrace Connection
Modify Col. Props.1
Upload Data
Download Data
Share within Group
Share with all users
Manage RLS rules
CrUD Relationships
Read Relationships
See Hidden Cols
Join with Upload Data
Schema Viewer
Use Scheduler
Use Auto-Analyze
Can administer ThoughtSpot Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y2 Y Y Y Y Y Y
Can upload user data
N N N N Y N Y N N
Y3
Y4
N N N N N
Can download data
N N N N N Y Y N N N
Y4
N N N N N
Can manage data
Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
Y4
Y4
Y5
Y N N N
Can share with all users
N N N N N N Y Y N N
Y4
N N N N N
Has SpotIQ privilege
N N N N N N N N N N
Y4
N N N N Y
Can Administer and Bypass RLS
N N N N N N N N N Y N N N N N N
None N N N N N N Y N N N
Y4
N N N N N

Table notes:

  1. Applies to non-owners only.
  2. Any tables.
  3. Author of at least one table in relationship.
  4. Only when read permission for columns used in the relationship.
  5. With edit permission.