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Simple RBAC Quickstart

The Simple RBAC scenario is an example of how to implement an authorization policy using a simple relationship-based access control (ReBAC) model.

The Simple RBAC Quickstart includes:

  • A domain model for Simple RBAC, including a resource object type, owner, writer, and reader relationships, and can_read, can_write, and can_delete permissions.
  • A policy instance called simple-rbac which uses a boilerplate authorization policy called policy-rebac. This policy simply uses the underlying relationships to determine access.
  • A connection to the Citadel Demo IDP, which contains five demo users based on the Rick & Morty cartoon.
  • Sample resources, such as mega-seed and time-crystal. Rick & Morty have owner, writer, and reader relationships to these resources, demonstrating a relationship-based (ReBAC) model.
  • A back-end API that uses simple-rbac policy for authorization, implemented in several languages.
  • An interactive tutorial which helps construct curl requests to test the back-end API.

As you go through the Quickstart, you'll learn the following:

  • How to instantiate the Simple RBAC template.
  • How to browse the directory and examine the manifest.
  • How to evaluate policy decisions within the Aserto Evaluator.
  • How to download and run the Simple RBAC back-end API.
  • How to construct curl requests to the back-end in order to test out the API.


To follow this Quickstart you'll need to have an Aserto account. If you do not have one, you can create one here. Once you have created your tenant, you can continue.