Invite an Admin
An Admin is any user in Kong Manager. They may access
Kong entities within their assigned Workspaces based
on the Permissions of their Roles.
This guide describes how to invite an Admin in Kong
Manager. As an alternative, if a Super Admin wants to
invite an Admin with the Admin API, it is possible to
do so using
Invite an Admin
Navigate to the Teams page in Kong Manager
From the Admins tab select Invite Admin
Fill out the username and email address. When a new Admin receives an
invitation, they will only be able to log in with that email address. Assign the appropriate Role and click Invite User to send the invitation.
Super Admins can invite users to multiple Workspaces, and
assign them any Role available within Workspaces, including Roles that exist by default (e.g.
read-only) and Roles with customized permissions.
The Super Admin can see all available roles across
Workspaces on the Roles tab of the Organization page.
On the Teams page, the new invitee will appear on the Admins list with the under Invited. Once they accept the invitation, the user will be listed in the main Admins list.
By default, the registration link will expire after 259,200
seconds (3 days). This time frame can be configured with the
If an email fails to send, either due to an incorrect email
address or an external error, it will be possible to resend an invitation.
If SMTP is not enabled or the invitation email fails to send,
it is possible for the Super Admin to copy and provide a registration link
The newly invited Admin will have the ability to set a password. If the Admin ever forgets the password, it is possible for them to reset it through a recovery email.
Copy and Send a Registration Link
If a mail server is not yet set up, it is still possible to invite Admins to register and log in.
Invite an Admin as described in the section above.
If the “View” link is clicked next to the invited Admin’s name, a
register_url is displayed on the invitee’s details page.
Copy and directly send this link to the invited Admin so that they may set
up their credentials and log in.
ldap-auth-advanced, credentials are not stored in Kong, and the Admin will be directed to log in.
How to Grant an Admin Access with LDAP
Pick a user in the LDAP Directory that will be the Super Admin.
Change the Super Admin’s username in Kong by making a
PATCH request to
admins/kong_admin and setting the value of
username to the corresponding
For example, if the LDAP user’s attribute is
/admins/kong_admin should have a
username set to
Log in to Kong Manager using the LDAP credentials associated with the Super
Invite Admins from the “Admins” page in Kong Manager, ensuring that the
username of each Admin is mapped to the
attribute value set in the LDAP
To enable the Admins to log in, it is still necessary
to assign a Role to them.
Once an Admin has logged in successfully and accesses the Admin API using
their LDAP credentials, they will be marked as “approved” on the “Admins” list
in Kong Manager
The new Admins will still receive an email, but all
credentials will be handled through the LDAP server, not Kong Manager
or the Admin API.