Manage Stackspin

After all the applications are installed, the first thing to do is log in to The Dashboard is the starting point for Stackspin administrators. Here you can create, edit and delete users, as well as see all the applications that run on your Stackspin cluster.

Your first login can happen in one of two ways:

  1. Use the email address that was used during setup.

    The admin email address has an account already. If you have access to its mailbox, press “Sign in” in the browser and then press “Forget password?” to start a password recovery procedure.

  2. If you do not have access to the administrator email address, ask your system administrator to run the following command on their “provisioning machine” and share the admin credentials with you:

    python3 -m stackspin admin-credentials

    Note: these are the setup credentials, they will not be updated when you change the admin user’s password.


After logging in, you will see an overview of all the installed applications. The “Launch app” button on this screen will bring you to the application’s screen. If see a login screen, use the “log in with Stackspin” button to log in with your current user. You will not have to enter credentials, because you are already logged in via the Dashboard.


The Dashboard also features a “Users” tab, where you can manage the Stackspin users. At the moment, all users will be able to log into all applications on your cluster with the “Log in with Stackspin” button. More fine grained control will be added in the future.

To create a new user, click the “Add new user” button. You need to specify the user’s (full) name under “Name” and a valid email address under “Email”.

Once you have created the user, they will not be automatically notified - please contact individual users and let them know they can finish their account setup by opening any Stackspin-related URL and clicking the “Forget password?” button on the “Login with Stackspin” screen. This will let them set up their password for the first time, and their account will be active from that moment.


The Dashboard currently allows all users to manage the other users. In the (near) future, only users with “admin” privileges will be allowed to add, edit and remove other users.

Only add users for people that you trust.

To edit a user’s name or email address, or delete a user, press the “Configure” button on the right side in the user table.

If you want to delete several users, you can select them in the Users overview, using the select buttons on the left side. Then press the “Delete” button on the top right of the table.


A note on deleting users

Deleting users from the Dashboard makes sure they can’t log into applications anymore. However, the dashboard cannot control the user’s data inside other applications.

To completely remove users from all the applications, you will need to remove them from inside the application’s admin settings as well. Refer to the documentation of the specific application to see how that should be done.

If you only remove a user from the dashboard, but not from the application, it is possible that this user keeps access to the application through sessions inside application clients (for example the Zulip or Nextcloud desktop clients). These sessions can also typically be ended through the application’s admin interface.