IP Groups

IP Groups can be used to permit download of restricted files by IP addresses rather than people. For example, you may want to allow restricted files to be downloaded by researchers who physically enter a library and make use of the library’s network.

Listing IP Groups

IP Groups can be listed with the following curl command:

curl http://localhost:8080/api/admin/groups/ip

Creating an IP Group

IP Groups must be expressed as ranges in IPv4 or IPv6 format. For illustrative purposes, here is a example of the entire IPv4 and IPv6 range that you can download and edit to have a narrower range to meet your needs. If you need your IP Group to only encompass a single IP address, you must enter that IP address for the “start” and “end” of the range. If you don’t use IPv6 addresses, you can delete that section of the JSON. Please note that the “alias” must be unique if you define multiple IP Groups. You should give it a meaningful “name” since both “alias” and “name” will appear and be searchable in the GUI when your users are assigning roles.

  "alias": "ipGroupAll",
  "name": "IP group to match all IPv4 and IPv6 addresses",
  "ranges": [

Let’s say you download the example above and edit it to give it a range used by your library, giving it a filename of ipGroup1.json and putting it in the /tmp directory. Next, load it into Dataverse using the following curl command:

curl -X POST -H 'Content-type: application/json' http://localhost:8080/api/admin/groups/ip --upload-file /tmp/ipGroup1.json

Note that you can update a group the same way, as long as you use the same alias.

Listing an IP Group

Let’s say you used “ipGroup1” as the alias of the IP Group you created above. To list just that IP Group, you can include the alias in the curl command like this:

curl http://localhost:8080/api/admin/groups/ip/ipGroup1

Deleting an IP Group

It is not recommended to delete an IP Group that has been assigned roles. If you want to delete an IP Group, you should first remove its permissions.

To delete an IP Group with an alias of “ipGroup1”, use the curl command below:

curl -X DELETE http://localhost:8080/api/admin/groups/ip/ipGroup1