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Oso is a framework for application authorization with built-in primitives for modeling authorization. Oso consists of the following components:

  • Oso Library: Oso is a library that you include in your application to enforce authorization. The library supports multiple languages, currently Python, Node.js, Ruby, Go, Java, and Rust.
  • Polar Policy Language: With Oso, you express authorization logic declaratively using Polar, our policy language. The Oso library evaluates policies to make authorization decisions. Polar policies are written directly over the same data types that you use in your application.
    • Resources, Roles and Permissions: The most common way to model authorization with Oso is through resources. Specify resources in Polar and the roles and permissions you want users to have on them.
    • Rules: Since Polar is a declarative language, you can extend the resource model to cover other cases as needed by your application. For example, you may deny access by banned users or allow any user to access a public resource.

To quickly have a runnable example using Oso, check out our Quickstart which includes a sample app with Oso.

To use Oso for authorization in an existing application, check out our Add Oso to Your App guide, where you’ll be introduced to enforcing authorization, setting up role-based access control, writing rules, and filtering collections by authorization.

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If you have any questions, or just want to talk something through, jump into Slack. An Oso engineer or one of the thousands of developers in the growing community will be happy to help.