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Update a Database User

Note

Groups and projects are synonymous terms. Your {GROUP-ID} is the same as your project ID. For existing groups, your group/project ID remains the same. The resource and corresponding endpoints use the term groups.

https://cloud.mongodb.com/api/atlas/v1.0

The Atlas API uses HTTP Digest Authentication. Provide your Atlas username as the username and Atlas API key as the password as part of the HTTP request.

This endpoint requires that the Atlas user has the Owner role. To view the available Atlas users, click on Users & Teams in the left-hand navigation.

For complete documentation on configuring API access for an Atlas project, see Configure Atlas API Access.

Send only those fields where you will change the value.

PATCH /groups/{GROUP-ID}/databaseUsers/{databaseName}/{USERNAME}

You can update a user's roles and password. Additionally, for temporary users, you can update the user's expiration date or set the user to be permanent. You cannot update the user's name or authentication database, which is admin. You also cannot update permanent users to be temporary.

Parameter
Required/Optional
Description
GROUP-ID
Required.
The unique identifier for the project.
databaseName
Required.

The user's authentication database.

Accepted values include:

  • $external if the user is authenticated using X.509 certificates, LDAP or AWS IAM.
  • admin users authenticated using SCRAM-SHA.

    This is the default authentication scheme in Atlas.

USERNAME
Required.

The username to update.

Must be a fully qualified distinguished name, as defined in RFC-2253, if:

  • ldapAuthType is USER or GROUP, or
  • x509Type is CUSTOMER.

Must be an URL-encoded AWS ARN if:

  • awsIAMType is USER or ROLE.

This endpoint might use any of the HTTP request query parameters available to all Atlas API resources. All of these are optional.

Name
Type
Necessity
Description
Default
pretty
boolean
Optional
Flag indicating whether the response body should be in a prettyprint format.
false
envelope
boolean
Optional

Flag indicating if Atlas should wrap the response in a JSON envelope.

This option may be needed for some API clients. These clients cannot access the HTTP response headers or status code. To remediate this, set envelope=true in the query.

For endpoints that return one result, the response body includes:

status
HTTP response code
envelope
Expected response body
false
Name
Description
deleteAfterDate

Optional ISO-8601-formatted UTC date after which Atlas deletes the user. The specified date must be in the future and within one week of the time you make the API request. To update a temporary user to be permanent, set the value of this field to null.

Note

You may include an ISO-8601 time zone designator to ensure that the expiration date occurs with respect to the local time in the specified time zone.

Important

You can only modify the expiration date for a user if an expiration date was specified when creating the user. You cannot assign a deleteAfterDate to a permanent user.

labels

Array of documents containing key-value pairs that tag and categorize the database user.

Each key and value has a maximum length of 255 characters.

"labels": [
{
"key": "example key",
"value": "example value"
}
]
roles

Array of this user's roles and the databases / collections on which the roles apply. A role allows the user to perform particular actions on the specified database. A role on the admin database can include privileges that apply to the other databases as well.

Note

The available privilege actions for custom roles support a subset of MongoDB commands. See Unsupported Commands in M10+ Clusters for more information.

Important

If a user is assigned a custom role, they cannot be assigned any other roles.

roles.databaseName
Database on which the user has the specified role. A role on the admin database can include privileges that apply to the other databases.
roles.collectionName

Collection for which the role applies.

You can specify a collection for the read and readWrite roles. If you do not specify a collection for read and readWrite, the role applies to all collections in the database (excluding some collections in the system. database).

Note

When applied to a collection, the read and readWrite roles in Atlas differ slightly from the built-in MongoDB read and readWrite roles.

In Atlas, read provides the following collection-level actions:

In Atlas, readWrite provides the same actions as read, as well as the following additional collection-level actions:

roles.roleName

Name of the role. This value can either be a built-in role or a custom role.

The following accepted values of role are restricted to the admin database:

The following accepted values of role can be applied to a specific database:

The following accepted values of role can be applied to a specific collection:

  • read
  • readWrite

If you do not specify a collection for the read and readWrite roles, the roles apply to all collections (excluding some system. collections) in the database.

Note

If you specify a custom role name in this field, the roles.databaseName field must be admin.

scopes

Array of clusters and Atlas Data Lakes that the user has access to. If array is empty, Atlas grants the user access to all the clusters and Atlas Data Lakes in the project by default.

"scopes": [
{
"name": <resource-name>,
"type": "CLUSTER"|"DATA_LAKE"
}
]
scopes.name
Name of the cluster or Atlas Data Lake that this user can access.
scopes.type

Type of resource that this user has access to. Valid values are:

  • CLUSTER
  • DATA_LAKE
password
The user's password. This field is NOT included in the entity returned from the server.

If you set the query element envelope to true, the response is wrapped by the content object.

Response Element
Type
Description
databaseName
string

The user's authentication database. A user must provide both a username and authentication database to log into MongoDB.

Returned values include:

  • $external if the user is authenticated using X.509 certificates, LDAP, or AWS IAM.
  • admin users authenticated using SCRAM-SHA.

    This is the default authentication scheme in Atlas.

deleteAfterDate
string
Timestamp in ISO 8601 date and time format in UTC after which Atlas deletes the user. This field is only present if an expiration date was specified when creating the entry.
groupId
string
Unique identifier of the Atlas project to which the user belongs.
labels
array of documents
Array containing key-value pairs that tag and categorize the database user.
ldapAuthType
string

Method by which the specified username is authenticated. If no value is given, Atlas uses the default value of NONE.

Returned values include:

NONE
Atlas authenticates this user through SCRAM-SHA, not LDAP.
USER
LDAP server authenticates this user through the user's LDAP user.
GROUP
LDAP server authenticates this user using their LDAP user and authorizes this user using their LDAP group. To learn more about LDAP security, see Set up User Authentication and Authorization with LDAP.
x509Type
string

X.509 method by which the provided username is authenticated. If no value is given, Atlas uses the default value of NONE.

The possible types are:

NONE
The user does not use X.509 authentication.
MANAGED

The user is being created for use with Atlas-managed X.509.

Externally authenticated users can only be created on the $external database.

CUSTOMER

The user is being created for use with Self-Managed X.509. Users created with this x509Type require a Common Name (CN) in the username field. To learn more, see RFC 2253.

Externally authenticated users can only be created on the $external database.

awsIAMType
string

If this value is set, the new database user authenticates with AWS IAM credentials.

Possible response values are:

NONE
The user does not use AWS IAM credentials.
USER
New database user has AWS IAM user credentials.
ROLE
New database user has credentials associated with an AWS IAM role.
links
document array
One or more links to sub-resources and/or related resources.
roles
string array

Array of this user's roles and the databases / collections on which the roles apply. A role allows the user to perform particular actions on the specified database. A role on the admin database can include privileges that apply to the other databases as well.

roles
.collectionName
string
Collection on which the user has the specified role.
roles
.databaseName
string
Database on which the user has the specified role. A role on the admin database can include privileges that apply to the other databases.
roles
.roleName
string

Name of the role. The accepted values are:

scopes
array of documents
Array of clusters and Atlas Data Lakes that this user has access to. Returns an empty array if the user has access to all the clusters and Atlas Data Lakes in the project. Database users are granted access to all resources by default.
scopes.name
string
Name of the cluster or Atlas Data Lake that this user has access to.
scopes.type
string

Type of resource that this user has access to. Valid values are:

  • CLUSTER
  • DATA_LAKE
username
string

Username for authenticating to MongoDB.

A fully qualified distinguished name, as defined in RFC-2253, is returned if:

  • ldapAuthType is USER or GROUP, or
  • x509Type is CUSTOMER.

An ARN is returned if:

  • awsIAMType is USER or ROLE.

Update one database user that Atlas authenticates using SCRAM-SHA and the admin database.

Important

You must modify the following code block with the appropriate credentials and project ID.

curl -i -u "{PUBLIC-KEY}:{PRIVATE-KEY}" --digest -X PATCH \
"https://cloud.mongodb.com/api/atlas/v1.0/groups/5356823b3794dee37132bb7b/databaseUsers/admin/david" \
--header "Accept: application/json" \
--header "Content-Type: application/json" \
--data '
{
"roles" : [ {
"databaseName" : "service",
"roleName" : "read"
} ]
}'
HTTP/1.1 401 Unauthorized
Content-Type: application/json;charset=ISO-8859-1
Date: {dateInUnixFormat}
WWW-Authenticate: Digest realm="MMS Public API", domain="", nonce="{nonce}", algorithm=MD5, op="auth", stale=false
Content-Length: {requestLengthInBytes}
Connection: keep-alive
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Vary: Accept-Encoding
Content-Type: application/json
Strict-Transport-Security: max-age=300
Date: {dateInUnixFormat}
Connection: keep-alive
Content-Length: {requestLengthInBytes}
{
"databaseName" : "admin",
"groupId" : "5356823b3794dee37132bb7b",
"labels" [],
"links" : [ ... ],
"roles" : [ {
"databaseName" : "service",
"roleName" : "read"
} ],
"scopes": [{
"name": "myCluster",
"type": "CLUSTER"
}],
"username" : "david",
"awsIAMType" : "NONE",
"x509Type" : "NONE",
"ldapAuthType" : "NONE"
}
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