Plone PAS plugin for adding roles (or groups) to anonymous or logged-in visitors looking for HTTP Headers.

Project Description

Add roles or groups to anonymous or logged-in visitors based on HTTP headers


The AutoRoleFromHostHeader PAS plugin allows to assign roles to users looking at HTTP headers.

There is an extraction and authentication plugin included, to enable additional roles for anonymous users. They are required since PAS does not support roles (or properties or groups) for anonymous users. You can disable these interfaces if only logged-in users should get additional roles.

AutoRoleFromHostHeader furthermore provides a groups plugin interface, allowing you to assign groups instead of roles.


The plugin is configured by editing the Header name; regexp; roles/groups property on the plugin's properties screen (through ZMI). Each line represents a mapping from an header value (using a regexp match) to one or more roles. The format is as follows:

http_header_name; regular expression; role[, role ...] ; TALES

The (optional) TALES allows arbitrary expressions to be added to role mappings, for example to check other HTTP headers:


Assign groups, not roles

This plugin can be used to assign groups instead of roles if used as a group plugin instead of a role plugin:

http_header_name; regular expression; group[, group ...] ; TALES

Groups plugin is not activated by default.


If you have AutoRoleFromHostHeader configured for anonymous users and come from a network matching one of its rules, you will not be able to log in with an account from a higher-up user folder. This is because AutoRole authenticates the Anonymous User which stops the lookup process.


Tested with all Plone versions from 4.0 to 4.3.


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  • This product was developed by RedTurtle Technology team.

    RedTurtle Technology Site
  • AutoRoleFromHostHeader is not an original idea but is taken from the work made by Jarn company for the AutoRole plugin.

  • Special thanks to Mauro Amico (mamico) for giving us the main direction.

  • Matthew Wilkes (MatthewWilkes) contributed adding the conditional expression.


[ ] Internationalized

[X] Unit tests

[X] End-user documentation

[ ] Internal documentation (documentation, interfaces, etc.)

[X] Existed and maintained for at least 6 months

[ ] Installs and uninstalls cleanly

[ ] Code structure follows best practice

Current Release
Products.AutoRoleFromHostHeader 1.0.0

Released Jun 05, 2015 — tested with Plone 4.3, Plone 4.2, Plone 4.1, Plone 4

Final release
More about this release…

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All Releases

Version Released Description Compatibility Licenses Status
1.0.0 Jun 05, 2015 Final release More about this release…
Plone 4.3
Plone 4.2
Plone 4.1
Plone 4
GPL final
0.4.1 Jul 10, 2014 Plone 4.3 compatibility and fixed issues More about this release…
Plone 4.3
Plone 4.2
Plone 4.1
Plone 4
Plone 3
GPL final
0.3.0 Oct 17, 2011 Plone 4.1 and webserverauth compatibility More about this release…
Plone 4.1
Plone 4
Plone 3
GPL final
0.2.0 Oct 04, 2010 Fixed some tests. More about this release…
Plone 3
GPL final
0.1.0a More about this release… GPL alpha