Organizations and Users Overview

    Organizations and users help you manage access to Couchbase Cloud software and services.


    Couchbase Cloud uses an ordered hierarchy to help you keep all of your data organized and securely accessible. The entity at the top of the hierarchy is called an organization. Everything you do in Couchbase Cloud — whether it’s creating a cluster or managing billing — happens within the scope of an organization.

    You must have a Couchbase Cloud user account in order to become a member of an organization. When you create your Couchbase Cloud user account, you will either create a new organization, or join an existing organization that you’ve been invited to. After creating or joining an organization, your user account becomes a member of that organization.

    Since billing happens at the organization level, an organization typically represents a company, and the organization’s users typically represent the company’s employees and contractors. However, an organization can represent any entity that handles payment for Couchbase Cloud services, and doesn’t necessarily have to be a business.

    Administrating Organizations

    For information on how to create, modify, and delete organizations, refer to Manage Organizations.


    To access an organization, your Couchbase Cloud account must be a member of that organization. Accounts that are members of an organization are called organization users. Each organization user is invited via email and is granted an organization role that defines what the user can view and manage in the organization.

    When you create an organization, your account is automatically added as the first organization user and is assigned the Organization Admin role. You can then invite additional users to become members of the organization.

    Organization users provide access to the Couchbase Cloud software and UI. Organization users are different from database users, which facilitate access to cluster data.

    Administrating Users

    For information on how to invite, authorize, and remove organization users, refer to Manage Organization Users.

    For information on how to create, modify, and delete database users, refer to Configure Database Users.