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Backend & Full Access Control, Frontend Access Control, Login Restriction

ACL Manager is the award winning Joomla extension that will save you a lot of time managing and understanding the Joomla ACL system. Set the permissions easily via the clickable permission grid that provides a great single page overview of all ACL settings across your website.

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Discover & fix issues with your Joomla assets (permissions) table you may not even be aware of and even configure the backend access to 3rd party components without basic Joomla ACL support.

Clickable permission grid

The powerful clickable permission grid allows you to easily manage Joomla permissions of your website. The overview with clear icons helps you to understand the Joomla ACL system easily.

Understand Joomla ACL

Dozens of permission screens, nested User Groups, inherited permissions... It can be very confusing. Use ACL Manager and you will quickly understand the concept and power of Joomla ACL!

Fix issues with your assets table

The Joomla assets tables is often messed up by Joomla 1.5 to 2.5 migrations or 3rd party extensions. Easily detect and fix these asset issues in a few clicks via the diagnostic tool of ACL Manager.

Basic ACL support for any component

With ACL Manager you can set basic ACL permissions for any component. Even when the component does not support Joomla ACL by default. This allows you to set custom backend access to components for your users.

Enhanced Joomla ACL

A selection of powerful additional ACL features on top of the Joomla ACL system like: Permissions per Module, Show Editable Modules only, Show Editable Articles only and Permissions for the Category Manager.

Manage User Group permissions

Easily manage User Group permissions via the single page overview with all possible core & 3rd party permissions. The sidebar shows additional information about the group, like all assigned Users.

User permission overview

User in multiple User Groups with combined permissions of the assigned User Groups? No problem for the ACL Manager! See exactly which actions the selected User can & can't perform on the site.

Huge Time Saver

Managing the permissions settings for your entire website via a single screen, extended with practical information about the selected User or User Group will save you many hours. ACLManager is a real time saver!

Reset Permissions

Easy reset Joomla! permissions for User Groups. Revert the default Joomla! permissions or clear all current permissions.

Available in 28 languages

ACLManager is available in Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai & Ukrainian.


Makes managing permissions and repairing assets tables easy and intuitive. I am amazed at how useful this tool is when updated and migrating

Ease of use

Very easy to install and use. It's so simple to click to repair. It's actually fun!


Fast personal support vie email is easy to understand and well written!


I was easily able to find what I needed and follow directions to fix a problem.

Value for money

Excellent. Especially when you consider the level of support!

I used this to: Finding and correcting issues while updating a large number of 2.5 sites to Joomla 3.4. This extension allowed me to upgrade the existing sites without having to move the entire site.

Great time saver

Posted on 09 August 2015

Not only is it great for its main purpose, to configure ACLs, it's a great repair tool for your assets table.

Ease of use

Very easy.


Good support, but not many updates over the course of a year subscription.


Didn't need it.

Value for money

Good value.

I used this to: This will save your life if you updated from Joomla 1.5 or 2.5 and need to repair your database.


Works without issues on my Joomla/Jomsocial setup

Ease of use

Fast single click operation, very fast and produces readable and understandable results page


Fast response to my initial enquiry, much faster than most developers I'm frequently dealing with.


Supportive and to the point, with explanations that don't leave you feeling confused.

Value for money

Cheap as chips for all the time stress and money it'll save you in the long run.

I used this to: I use ACL Manager on my own Joomla site and would without hesitation recommend ACL Manager on all my clients websites.

Very reactive support

Posted on 07 July 2015

A must have if you need to configure ACL easily.

Ease of use

Very easy to use as it is all about green and red marks.


A very reactive support even if the bug I encountered was related to Joomla and my tempalte and not the extension itself.

Value for money

Good price compared to the time saved if I had to work with the Joomla standard ACL


Does what I've been trying to do but never could figure out.

Ease of use

was bit hard to find out why my settings did not save but that was my fault.

Value for money

definitely worth it.

I used this to: administer permissions on sites i built

Fantastic Product

Posted on 23 May 2015

Provides greater clarity and control.

Ease of use

It certainly makes ACL easier to understand and control.


Support was impeccable in speed, clarity and precision.


Sanders YouTube tutorial at Cloud is concise, easy to understand and very clear.

Value for money

Great value for money.

I used this to: Sander Potjer has done a fantastic service producing this highly professional component. It is a fantastic product and no serious Joomla project intending to use ACL to the best extent should be without it.

Must Have

Posted on 24 April 2015

Highly Functional

Ease of use

Very Easy


Mine was quick and thorough


All Good

Value for money

If you have users to manage it's a no brainer.

I used this to: All site, core install everyone.


OK, especially if you need to fix stuff that's been mucked up in the convoluted standard ACL system.

Ease of use

Good in parts, just as confusing in others. On our Joomla install "Save and Close" only saves, never closes.


Used once. Response was swift, but no resolution to the problem we have. But we can work around it


As good as we have come to expect from modern software.

Value for money

Good, because it fixed something I couldn't without restoring the website

I used this to: I used it to fix an issue I couldn't resolve. However, in the main I found the ACL Manager just as cumbersome for every day use as the standard Joomla ACL system. Neither makes great sense to me when it comes to setting user permissions.But big points for trying to improve things

Easy as Pie!

Posted on 03 March 2015

Works perfect. Very simple to give clients limited control...

Ease of use

Very easy.


These guys go way beyond what is necessary. They are awesome.


I didn't really find any docs, but you really don't need it...

Value for money

HUGE TIME SAVER. I spent literally over 3 hours giving a client backend access.

I used this to: Many client's sites.

One of the good guys

Posted on 06 January 2015

Well thought out extension that lets you easily manage access. Will make my life a lot easier in the future.

Ease of use



Sander was quick to respond and very helpful. Clearly one of the good guys.


The FAQ anticipated a problem I ran into at first and helped me resolve it on my own.

Value for money

Off the charts as far as I am concerned.

I used this to: Developing a site where the ACL is not quite clear yet. This allows me to reconfigure at a whim.

ACL Manager

Sander Potjer
Last updated:
Dec 22 2014
Date added:
Nov 19 2014
GPLv2 or later
Paid download
Uses updater:
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