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Authentication and authorization

Since Super builds on standard Rails controllers, it’s fairly simple to setup authentication and authorization however you like.

(Authentication is related to logins, while authorization is related to permissions.)

Authentication

Authorization

My preferred way of setting up authorization is by updating the #base_scope method. Every default action that Super defines, like the index or update actions, calls the #base_scope action.

If you make these changes in your generated AdminController, all of your admin pages will inherit that behavior. You can then further override that in your individual controllers, if necessary.

class AdminController < AdminController
  private

  def base_scope
    # Example: admins can read and write; others can only read
    if current_user.admin?
      return model.all
    end

    if current_action.read?
      return model.all
    end

    raise Super::ClientError::Forbidden
  end
end

Note that the correct behavior is to raise an error, not to return model.none. If you use model.none, users will be able to create new records (but won’t be able to edit). Even if you do want this behavior, I recommend making it explicit and using raise.