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WebSecurity - RequireRoles()

❮ WebSecurity


The RequireRoles() method sets the HTTP status to 401 (Unauthorized) if the current user is not in all of the specified roles.

C# and VB Syntax



Example C#

WebSecurity.RequireRoles("Admin", "Poweruser");

Example VB

WebSecurity.RequireRoles("Admin", "Poweruser")


Parameter Type Description
roles String A comma separated list of roles the current user must be in.

Return Value


Errors and Exceptions

Any access to the WebSecurity object throws an InvalidOperationException if:

  • The InitializeDatabaseConnection() method has not been called
  • SimpleMembership is not initialized (or disabled in the website configuration)


RequireRoles() validates that the current user is a member of all of the specified roles. If the user is not a member of all of the specified roles, the HTTP status is set to 401 (Unauthorized).

To validate that the user is authenticated, use the RequireAuthenticatedUser() method.

To validate that the current user is a specific user, use the RequireUser() method.

❮ WebSecurity