User Management

There are many ways to set up the Access Control for pypicloud. This section is dedicated to the methods available for dynamically adding and removing users from your server.

Config File

If you use the config file backend, you can simply make edits and deploy the new file whenever you want to add or remove users.

Pros: Easy to understand

Cons: Requires deploying new files for every change


Another straightforward option is to use the LDAP backend. LDAP is explicitly designed for managing users and permissions.

Pros: Once set up, all user management is centralized

Cons: If you don’t already use LDAP, it’s a lot of overhead


A SQL database is the final option for managing users, and it can be configured to behave in different ways. The admin panel on the website is the gateway for all user management actions.

User Registration

In the admin panel, there is a toggle button that allows you to enable user registration. This allows anyone to register a username. You, as admin, can view the pending user accounts and approve them. Once approved, the user can log in with the password they provided during registration.

Pros: It works I guess

Cons: Any random person can throw garbage into your pending user list

Manual User Creation

In the admin panel, there is also a button labeled “Create user”. This will create a new user directly with a given username/password.

Pros: Fast and easy

Cons: Admin knows initial passwords, which is not a great security model.

Registration via Tokens

There is a final button in the admin panel labeled “Get registration token”. This generates a token that can be used on the login page to create a new user. The token is valid for a duration (set by auth.token_expire).

Pros: Fast and easy, pretty good security model

Cons: Edge case: If you delete a user in the window when the token is still valid, the token can be used to re-create that user.