View permissions for yourself or others

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You can view your permissions or those defined for another which have been set in Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) or Team Foundation Server (TFS). That way, if you don't have the permission to access a feature or function, you can request it from the right resource.

Permissions are set at the collection, project, and object level as described in About permissions and groups. So to view the permissions you have, you need to open the permissions at the object, project, or collection level.


  • You must have a team project to connect to. If you don't have a team project yet, create one.
  • You must be a member of the Project Valid Users Group or Project Collection Valid Users Group to view permissions.


This article shows how to view permissions assigned to a user as the project-level. However, the steps are similar whether you work from the Security dialog of an object or at the organization or collection-level.

View project-level permissions


Choose Previous navigation when you see a top-level blue bar. Choose New navigation if you see a vertical sidebar or if you enabled the New Navigation preview feature. The vertical sidebar, along with other navigational features, is enabled when the New Navigation preview feature has been enabled for the signed-in user or the VSTS organization. To learn how to use the web portal effectively, see Navigation Basics.

For on-premises TFS users, choose Previous Navigation for guidance.

  1. Choose Project Settings and then Security.

    Project Settings>Security

  2. Begin typing the name into the Filter users and groups box. The system will automatically show the names that begin with the characters you type.

    Find a user or group name

  3. Choose the name you want. The project-level permissions you have set are based on the groups you belong to or those specifically set for your account.

    Project Administrators Group, Members tab

  4. Choose Member of to see which security groups the user belongs to.

    Here we see that Jamal Hartnett belongs to several teams as well as the Project Collection Administrators group.

    Security tab, User name, Members tab

New navigation isn't supported on TFS at this time. Choose Previous navigation for guidance.

View collection-level permissions

  1. Open the admin context for the organization or collection. Choose the gear icon gear settings icon, and then Security.

  2. Follow steps 2 through 4 in the procedure outlined previously for view project-level permissions.

View object-level permissions

You can define the security or permissions for a number of objects. You access them from the context menu of the object.

From the web portal, open the Security dialog for the object whose permissions you want to set. For specific instructions, see the following articles:

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