Database Roles

A role is a collection of privileges that can be granted to one or more users or other roles. Roles help you grant and manage sets of privileges for various categories of users, rather than grant those privileges to each user individually.

For example, several users might require administrative privileges. You can grant these privileges to them as follows:

  1. Create an administrator role with CREATE ROLE:
    CREATE ROLE administrator;
  2. Grant the role to the appropriate users.
  3. Grant the appropriate privileges to this role with one or more GRANT statements. You can later add and remove privileges as needed. Changes in role privileges are automatically propagated to the users who have that role.

After users are assigned roles, they can either enable those roles themselves, or you can automatically enable their roles for them.

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