Why don’t I have access to browse my Pod?

To manage your Pod hosted by https://inrupt.net, PodBrowser must be added as a trusted application with Read, Write, Append, and Control access.

To adjust PodBrowser’s access:

  1. In a web browser, enter the root URL to your Pod (e.g., https://docs-example.inrupt.net).

  2. The Solid Data Browser should be opened.

  3. Click the Log In button to log into your Pod.

  4. Go to the Preferences tab.

  5. In the Manage your trusted applications section:

    If PodBrowser is not listed as a trusted application:
    1. At the bottom of the table enter:

      Application URL

      Access modes


      Read, Write, Append, and Control

    2. Click Add.

    If PodBrowser is listed as a trusted application but with the wrong access, select all of the access modes and click Update.

How do I navigate to another Pod?

To browse another Pod (or even a different Container in your own Pod), you can navigate there directly by entering the Pod (or Container) URI.

  1. In PodBrowser, click the Your Pod dropdown on the top right-hand side.

  2. Select Change Pod in the menu.

  3. In the displayed panel, enter the URI for the Pod (or Container).

  4. Press Enter, or click the Go button.

  5. The navigation panel is refreshed and shows the Resources in the entered Pod (or Container).

What do the Resource permissions mean?

You can share your Pod’s Containers and Resources with other Solid users. To share, you grant to the other users specific permission(s) for the Containers and Resources. The following table describes the permissions; these permissions can be combined:


Other Solid user can…


View the Resources within a Container, or download a Resource.


Change the contents of or delete a Resource.


Add to a Resource, but not change the existing contents.


Change the permissions for a Resource.


To allow other Solid users to display the Resource details (including the Download and Delete options) in PodBrowser, the users must have View access to the Resource.

What is stored in /pb_policies?

PodBrowser creates a new root Container /pb_policies within Pods stored on an Enterprise Solid Server (e.g., https://pod.inrupt.com) that uses Access Control Policies. The /pb_policies Container stores the policies (i.e., permissions) for the Resources within the Pod.


Do not delete or edit any of the Resources stored in the /pb_policies Container as this could affect permissions to Resources within the Pod.