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The Users page lists all of the user accounts on your Looker instance:

Viewing and Searching Users

The table of users that appears on the page shows basic information about your users:

Column Definition
ID A user ID assigned by Looker at the time of user creation
Name The actual name of the user that they enter when they initially sign up
Credentials The user name of the user, which is an email address for normal users, and an API key for API users
Groups A list of groups that the user belongs to
Roles A list of roles assigned to the user
Actions Actions you can take for a user

You can sort the table by either the ID or Name column by clicking on those column’s headers.

You can also search the Name or Credentials column by entering a search term into the search box in the upper right, then pressing [Enter].

Adding Users

To add a user, simply click the Add Users button in the upper left of the page. You’ll be brought to a dialog where you can type or paste in a comma-separated list of email addresses, and select the roles and groups that will be assigned to those users. Remember to click the Add Users button when you’re done to create the users and send sign-up emails (if you’ve chosen the Send setup emails checkbox).

Editing Users

To edit a user, click the Edit button on the right hand side of their row. There you’ll be able to adjust many settings:


Choose to enable or disable a user. You may want to consider disabling users in favor of totally deleting them.

First Name

The first name of the user, if applicable. You aren’t required to add a value here, but it is useful for organizational purposes.

Last Name

The last name of the user, if applicable. You aren’t required to add a value here, but it is useful for organizational purposes.


The email address of the user. For regular users, this will serve as their username when they log in. It is not required for API users.

Locale (beta)

New in Looker 6.2 is the beta feature in which you can localize labels, group labels, and descriptions in your model.

If you are localizing your model, use the Locale field to specify the name of the strings file that should be used to display the labels and descriptions in the Looker UI for the user. Typically, the strings file names correspond to a language, but that is not required. For users with no Locale setting, Looker uses “en” as the default locale. See this documentation page for information on setting up your model for localization.


If you’ve enabled user specific time zones on your Looker instance, you can select the time zone that will be used when this user runs a query in Looker.


If you need to reset a password, you can send a reset link to the email address specified above by clicking the Send reset link button. The reset URL that is sent to the user will be displayed. See the Password Requirements documentation page to learn about specifying password complexity requirements in Looker.

API3 keys

An API3 key is used to access the Looker API. API3 keys are created by Looker and consist of a Client ID and a Client Secret. Looker requires an API3 key for the following:

To generate API keys, click the Edit Keys button from the Edit Users page. This will open the Edit User API3 keys page, where you can see the existing API3 keys, or click the New API3 key button to generate a new key.

The API3 keys have the same permissions as the user account from which they were created.

The best practice is to create dedicated user accounts for API scripts—one user account for each script. That way, you can configure a user account with the specific set of permissions that allow the script to perform its function, and only its function. For example, for an API script that runs queries, you can create a user account with the access_data permission, but no other permissions.

This technique lets you increase security by compartmentalizing a script’s access. Also, if you ever need to stop a script, you can simply disable (or delete) that script’s user account. Be sure to read Removing User Access before deleting any user account.

Individual Roles

Enables you to select the roles this user should have, if you want to assign roles individually. See the Roles page for more information on configuring roles, or the Permissions Management page for a broader discussion of Looker permissions.

We generally suggest assigning roles to groups instead of assigning roles directly to individual users.

Roles from Groups

If the user is assigned to any groups they may have inherited some roles from those groups. These roles are listed here.


Enables you to select the groups this user should belong to. Users can also be added to groups on the groups page.

User Attributes

Lets you set and unset the values of a user’s user attributes. Values assigned to an individual user always override any values assigned as a result of membership in a group. System settings are not editable.

Removing User Access

If you want to remove a user’s access to Looker you can either disable their account or delete their account. For most situations, best practice is to disable the account.

Differences between disabling and deleting a user account are described in the following table:

Description Disabled Deleted
User can log in to the Looker instance No No
User’s personal space Still exists Deleted
Looks and dashboards in user’s personal space Still exist Moved to the Trash space
Looks and dashboards that user saved to a Shared space Still exist in the Shared space Still exist in the Shared space
Schedules based on the user’s personal space’s Looks and dashboards If created by disabled user, the schedule will be stopped. If created by another user, the schedule will continue to run. The schedules will be deleted.
Historical usage information for the user Kept Most deleted

Disabling Users

If you need to stop user access to Looker, the best practice is typically to disable the user account. When disabling a user account, the user’s usage history and personal content is kept. To see details on the differences between disabling and deleting users, see the table in the Removing User Access section.

To disable a user account, click the Disable button on the right hand side of their row. You’ll receive a confirmation dialog before you disable the user.

Deleting Users

Deleting a user is irreversible. Consider your organization’s compliance and security needs before doing so.

Instead of deleting, a great alternative is to disable the user account instead. This prevents a user from being able to log in, but their information, content, and history remain intact. To see details on the differences between disabling and deleting users, see the table in the Removing User Access section.

To delete a user:

  1. Click the Edit button on the right hand side of their row.

  2. At the bottom of the Edit User page, click Delete.

  3. You’ll receive a confirmation dialog before you delete the user. Click OK to delete the user.

Impersonating (Sudoing) Users

“Sudo” is a Unix term that means to emulate the permissions of another user. When you sudo as a user (by clicking the Sudo button on the right-hand side of their row), you can see what their experience of Looker is like. This is a good way to validate that you’ve properly configured permissions and other features. Sudoing is also a useful way to see a user’s LookML development before they’ve committed and pushed their changes.

When you sudo you’ll see a bar at the top of the screen that warns you that you’re in a sudoed state, and that enables you to exit the sudoed state. Keep in mind that any changes you make while in this state will impact the user you’re emulating.