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db.grantRolesToRole(rolename, roles, writeConcern)

Grants roles to a user-defined role.


mongosh Method

This page documents a mongosh method. This is not the documentation for database commands or language-specific drivers, such as Node.js.

For the database command, see the grantRolesToRole command.

For MongoDB API drivers, refer to the language-specific MongoDB driver documentation.

For the legacy mongo shell documentation, refer to the documentation for the corresponding MongoDB Server release:

mongo shell v4.4

The db.grantRolesToRole() method uses the following syntax:

db.grantRolesToRole( "<rolename>", [ <roles> ], { <writeConcern> } )

The db.grantRolesToRole() method takes the following arguments:

The name of the role to which to grant sub roles.
An array of roles from which to inherit.

Optional. The level of write concern for the operation. See Write Concern Specification.

In the roles field, you can specify both built-in roles and user-defined roles.

To specify a role that exists in the same database where db.grantRolesToRole() runs, you can either specify the role with the name of the role:


Or you can specify the role with a document, as in:

{ role: "<role>", db: "<database>" }

To specify a role that exists in a different database, specify the role with a document.

This method is available in deployments hosted in the following environments:

  • MongoDB Atlas: The fully managed service for MongoDB deployments in the cloud


This command is not supported in M0, M2, and M5 clusters. For more information, see Unsupported Commands.

If run on a replica set, db.grantRolesToRole() is executed using "majority" write concern by default.

A role can inherit privileges from other roles in its database. A role created on the admin database can inherit privileges from roles in any database.

You must have the grantRole action on a database to grant a role on that database.

The following db.grantRolesToRole() operation updates the productsReaderWriter role in the products database to inherit the privileges of productsReader role:

use products
[ "productsReader" ],
{ w: "majority" , wtimeout: 5000 }
← db.revokePrivilegesFromRole()