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 Microsoft Entra admin center, the role activation step is implicitly done on the admin's behalf. To get the full list of roles that are available in Microsoft Entra ID, use List directoryRoleTemplates.

This API is available in the following national cloud deployments.

Global service US Government L4 US Government L5 (DOD) China operated by 21Vianet


Choose the permission or permissions marked as least privileged for this API. Use a higher privileged permission or permissions only if your app requires it. For details about delegated and application permissions, see Permission types. To learn more about these permissions, see the permissions reference.

Permission type Least privileged permissions Higher privileged permissions
Delegated (work or school account) RoleManagement.Read.Directory RoleManagement.ReadWrite.Directory, Directory.Read.All, Directory.ReadWrite.All
Delegated (personal Microsoft account) Not supported. Not supported.
Application RoleManagement.Read.Directory RoleManagement.ReadWrite.Directory, Directory.Read.All, Directory.ReadWrite.All

HTTP request

GET /directoryRoles

Optional query parameters

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

Request headers

Name Description
Authorization Bearer {token}. Required. Learn more about authentication and authorization.

Request body

Don't 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"