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This plugin includes 3 parts:

  1. Grunttask
  2. Openrecord Plugin
  3. Actionhero Plugin

The grunttask is for synchronising roles, role_entiteies and values. Values will be synchronized automatically if your define it in your openrecord model. (see: OpenRecord Plugin/Value Sync). The OpenRecord plugin enhances your model definition to also support permissions. Permissions will be applied to find, create, update and destroy. The actionhero plugin handles the OAuth2 handshake, user and sessions management, communication with other identity apps ans some more.


after installing identity your config folder should contain a identity.js config file. Every identity client has an id and secret to authenticate the application. Additionally every application has multiple roles, entities and values. An identity user can have multiple roles and every role could have multiple entities attached to it. set simplifyAdminRole to true, to combine the admin and application_admin role into admin.

Now you could grant User X permissions to Project A and B via the admin web interface of identity.

  • be sure to enable the plugin within actionhero (config/api.js)
  • you will need to add the identity package (npm install identity --save) to your package.json


Roles Sync


Complete Value Resync



grunt.login(callback) gives you a login prompt + starts the actionhero server.

var done = this.async()
grunt.login(function(api, access_token, user){
    return done(false);

OpenRecord Plugin:

Model Permissions

        role_name: true/false //global allow/deny
        role_name: {
            find: true/false, //allow/deny a specific operation
            find: function(){
                //inside a beforeFind hook
            find: function(query, next){
                //inside a async beforeFind hook
            create: true/false
            create: function(){
                //inside a beforeCreate hook
                //don't forget to call: this.errors.add('insufficient_permissions');
                return true/false
            create: function(record, transaction, next){
                //inside a beforeCreate hook
                //don't forget to call: this.errors.add('insufficient_permissions');
            //same for update, destroy
            //modify includes create, update and destroy
            fields: {
                all: true/false //globall allow/deny - it's true by default
                field_name: true/false //allow/deny a specific field
                field_name: 'find' //allow only find
                field_name: ['find', 'create'] //allow find and create,
                field_name: function(){return true/false} //with custom function - no support for async functions!

Value Sync

    this.identityValue('entity_name', function(){ //optional function to control which records should be synced
        return true/false (record scope)
    }); //in definition

Actionhero Plugin



User/Session management

/api/login, /api/logout, /api/profile, /api/user actions

Add user to connection

connection.user is the current user

The User Model has the following helper methods:

  • .hasRole(role_name): boolean
  • .getValues(entity_id[, role]): array
  • .hasValue(entity_id, id[, role]): boolean
  • `.fromGroup(entity_id, id, role): object {name: 'GroupName', id:1}

Session handling

connection.session is a object which will be saved into the actionhero cache.

Action Permissions

requireAuth: true/false, requireRole: 'admin' / ['admin', 'lead']

Identity proxy

the whole identity server is available via*. e.g. and will only return values which belongs to the application

App comunication

api.identity.application('application_name').get('action', {param:'value'}, callback) api.identity.application('application_name').post('action', {param:'value'}, callback) api.identity.application('application_name').put('action', {param:'value'}, callback) api.identity.application('application_name').delete('action', {param:'value'}, callback)





require('identity/spec_helper'); //require identity spec_helper
before(test.startActionhero); //starts actionhero + initializes the database
after(test.stopActionhero); //stops actionhero
//add as many users as you need for your tests
test.addUser('admin', {
  id: 1, //user's id
  first_name: 'Administrator',
  last_name: 'Admin',
  permissions: [{ //array of permissions
    role_id: 'admin', //role
    values: {} //values. e.g. {domain: [1, 2, 3]}


DROP TABLE openrecord_migrations;
# drop your tables and views here 


# add your test data here 

Global object test has the following methods: test.action(name[, params, connectionParams], callback) test.loginAs(username).action(name, params, callback)

There are 2 callback-helpers: test.insufficientPermissions(callback) test.emptyResult(callback)

e.g. to test for insufficient permissions:

  it('"projects:destroy" should fail', function(done){    
    test.loginAs('user').action('projects:destroy', {id: 1}, test.insufficientPermissions(done));