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Model.authorized(type, user, data)

Palisade adds a .authorized() function to both the Model class as well as all instances of the model (via define and defineStatic). This function checks the document rules in your security schema and returns true if everything is cool.

When using the instance method, the data argument is set to the instance.


  • type argument is the type of operation being requested on the document
  • user is the requesting user you want to pull roles from
    • Optional
  • data is the document the operating is being requested for
    • Optional


  • If no rules are specified for a document operation type, defaults to denying access
  • If an object with an id attribute isn't given for the data argument, the self role can't be provided
    • Hot tip: If you don't have access to the whole document but you know the id, just {id: 'the id'} will work fine

Read Example

In this example, we have two users: one admin, and one moderator. The schema specifies that only admins can read user documents, so only the admin user gets a true return from calling authorized().

// create and wire in the schema
var schema = {
  document: {
    read: ['admin']
palisade(User, schema)

// create some dummy data
var me = {
  role: 'admin',
  name: 'Contra'

var them = {
  role: 'moderator',
  name: 'Todd'

// ask for a read on them from me
var canRead = User.authorize('read', me, them)
console.log(canRead) // true

// ask for a read on me from them
var canRead2 = User.authorize('read', them, me)
console.log(canRead2) // false