List directoryRoles

Namespace: microsoft.graph

List the directory roles that are activated in the tenant.

This operation only returns roles that have been activated. A role becomes activated when an admin activates the role using the Activate directoryRole API. Not all built-in roles are initially activated.

When assigning a role using the Azure portal, the role activation step is implicitly done on the admin's behalf. To get the full list of roles that are available in Azure AD, use List directoryRoleTemplates.


One of the following permissions is required to call this API. To learn more, including how to choose permissions, see Permissions.

Permission type Permissions (from least to most privileged)
Delegated (work or school account) RoleManagement.Read.Directory, Directory.Read.All, RoleManagement.ReadWrite.Directory, Directory.ReadWrite.All
Delegated (personal Microsoft account) Not supported.
Application RoleManagement.Read.Directory, Directory.Read.All, RoleManagement.ReadWrite.Directory, Directory.ReadWrite.All

HTTP request

GET /directoryRoles

Optional query parameters

This method supports the $count, $select, $search, $filter (eq), and $expand OData query parameters to help customize the response.

Request headers

Name Description
Authorization Bearer {token}. Required.

Request body

Do not supply a request body for this method.


If successful, this method returns a 200 OK response code and a collection of directoryRole objects in the response body.



Note: The response object shown here might be shortened for readability.

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-type: application/json

  "@odata.context": "$metadata#directoryRoles",
  "value": [
      "id": "9ed3a0c4-53e1-498c-ab4d-2473476fde14",
      "deletedDateTime": null,
      "description": "Can manage all aspects of Azure AD and Microsoft services that use Azure AD identities.",
      "displayName": "Global Administrator",
      "roleTemplateId": "62e90394-69f5-4237-9190-012177145e10"
      "id": "f8e85ed8-f66f-4058-b170-3efae8b9c6e5",
      "deletedDateTime": null,
      "description": "Device Administrators",
      "displayName": "Azure AD Joined Device Local Administrator",
      "roleTemplateId": "9f06204d-73c1-4d4c-880a-6edb90606fd8"
      "id": "fe8f10bf-c9c2-47eb-95cb-c26cc85f1830",
      "deletedDateTime": null,
      "description": "Can read basic directory information. Commonly used to grant directory read access to applications and guests.",
      "displayName": "Directory Readers",
      "roleTemplateId": "88d8e3e3-8f55-4a1e-953a-9b9898b8876b"