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How do I customise the security?


Pebble uses the Spring Security Framework for Spring, which is a very flexible security implementation that provides a way to configure almost every aspect of the security infrastructure.

User information is stored underneath the Pebble data directory, in a sub-directory called realm. In here there is one file per user, with the filename convention of Each file contains a series of name=value pairs that correspond to the information stored about each user. The out-of-the-box Spring configuration uses an SHA encoded password with the username used as the salt, although this is configurable. An example file (the default is as follows.

name=Default User

The full set of possible roles is as follows.

  • ROLE_BLOG_ADMIN : can administer the Pebble application.
  • ROLE_BLOG_OWNER : can configure and customize how the blog works, looks, etc.
  • ROLE_BLOG_PUBLISHER : can publish/unpublish blog entries.
  • ROLE_BLOG_CONTRIBUTOR : can contribute blog entries and static pages, manage comments, etc.

Adding new users

To add more users, login to Pebble with a user in the ROLE_BLOG_ADMIN role and click the Add user link.

Using another realm

Pebble is distributed with a bespoke security realm implementation that stores user information in the file system, next to the blog data. It is, however, possible to change this and configure Pebble to use another realm implementation, such as one that stores user information in a relational database or LDAP.

In addition to configuring Spring's authenticationManager bean, you'll additionally need to provide an implementation of, and configure the pebbleSecurityRealm bean. This needs to implement the interface, which specifies the various CRUD operations on the underlying security realm that are required so that user information can be updated through Pebble's web UI.

Usage of https

From version 2.4 on, pebble honors the setting of a secureUrl (in If you want to make sure, your password is transmitted only through https and you want to stay in https mode, set this value to an url starting with https:// - pebble will use it for all actions that require login as well as for all urls once you're logged in.