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Policy Subset Loading

Some adapters support filtered policy management. This means that the policy loaded by Casbin is a subset of the policy stored in the database based on a given filter. This allows for efficient policy enforcement in large, multi-tenant environments where parsing the entire policy becomes a performance bottleneck.

To use filtered policies with a supported adapter, simply call the LoadFilteredPolicy method. The valid format for the filter parameter depends on the adapter used. To prevent accidental data loss, the SavePolicy method is disabled when a filtered policy is loaded.

For example, the following code snippet uses the built-in filtered file adapter and the RBAC model with domains. In this case, the filter limits the policy to a single domain. Any policy lines for domains other than "domain1" are omitted from the loaded policy:

import (
fileadapter ""

enforcer, _ := casbin.NewEnforcer()

adapter := fileadapter.NewFilteredAdapter("examples/rbac_with_domains_policy.csv")
enforcer.InitWithAdapter("examples/rbac_with_domains_model.conf", adapter)

filter := &fileadapter.Filter{
P: []string{"", "domain1"},
G: []string{"", "", "domain1"},

// The loaded policy now only contains the entries pertaining to "domain1".

There is another method that supports the subset loading feature: LoadIncrementalFilteredPolicy. LoadIncrementalFilteredPolicy is similar to LoadFilteredPolicy, but it does not clear the previously loaded policy. It only appends the filtered policy to the existing policy.