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How to require authentication for certain actions in Bubble.io: Step-by-Step Guide

Mandate authentication for certain actions within Bubble.io, enhancing data protection and reinforcing responsible app usage.

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How to require authentication for certain actions in Bubble.io?

To require authentication for certain actions in your Bubble.io app, you need to set up rules and conditions that govern who can trigger certain workflows. Follow this guide to implement these essential security measures:


  • Use Privacy Rules: Bubble's privacy rules are crucial for protecting data. Set them up in the Data tab to establish who has access to create, read, update, or delete data.

  • Require User Login: Ensure that users must log in to access certain areas of your app. Use Bubble's built-in user authentication system, which allows you to easily create sign-up and login page workflows.

  • Conditional Visibility: Use conditions to control the visibility of elements on a page. In the editor, select an element and create a condition such as "This element is visible when the current user's role is Admin".

  • Protect Workflows with Conditions: In the workflow editor, add conditions to actions, like "Only when current user is logged in", to prevent unauthorized execution of sensitive workflows.

  • Create Custom States for Access Level: Utilize custom states to store user access levels after they log in. Workflows can use these states to allow or prevent certain operations.

  • Use Custom Events with Privacy Constraints: Set up custom events in your workflows that include checks for user roles or access levels. Trigger these events only when a user meets specific conditions.

  • Limit Actions through API Workflows: If you're using API endpoints for workflow triggers, ensure they require authentication. Under the API tab in settings, you can establish what calls need authentication.

  • Regularly Review Security Settings: Make it a habit to audit your app's security settings. Ensure that all pages, data types, and workflows that need protection are adequately secured.

  • Employ Backend Workflows for Extra Security: When needed, use backend workflows that run on the server, away from the user's view, to manage data changes securely.

  • Test Security Configurations: Run tests as both an authenticated and an unauthenticated user to confirm your security measures are functioning as expected.

By following these steps, you can control authentication across your Bubble.io app effectively, ensuring that only authorized users can execute certain actions or access sensitive information.

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