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Patch update a user

Created by c.neale, last modified by zengenti on 17 Jun 2022

For efficiency and convenience a partial user resource can be sent to the user resource collection in a PATCH request in order to update a sub-set of properties on the user.



NameParameter typeTypeFormatDescriptionExampleRequired
UserIdentifierpathstringuser identifierFor convenience, User resources can be referenced by using one of several identifiers - username, email address or Id."82f73a9b-2a13-4d63-bcc1-e8ee5047b01c" or "t.durden" or ""true
Partial userbodyobjectpartial userA partial view of the user resourcetrue
Content Typeheaderstringhttp headerA Content-Type http header with value 'application/merge-patch+json; charset=utf-8'Content-Type: application/merge-patch+json; charset=utf-8true


Update just the user's name and some of the custom properties. Custom properties that already exist will be updated, those that don't will be created.

PATCH: /api/security/users/4b262379-5bbe-421e-a429-f6e2ab5a849b Content-Type: application/merge-patch+json; charset=utf-8 { "id": "e09e77b9-9dd9-4d46-b7dd-deb9702a5835", "username": "s.yearsley", "custom": { "department": "finance" } }


All properties of the user resource object are optional apart from the id.

Any value provided for expiry must be a future date.  To clear an expiry date set the expiry property to null.

As shown in the example, a special header value of 'application/merge-patch+json; charset=utf-8' is required for the Content-Type http header.



Members of System Administrators are permitted to patch any user.

Authenticated standard user accounts are permitted to patch their own user.


HTTP status codeReasonModel
404User not foundError
500Internal server errorError