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The View Unpublished module adds the missing permissions "view unpublished $content_type content" to Backdrop.

This module also integrates with the core Content overview screen at
/admin/content. If you choose the "not published" filter, Backdrop will show you
unpublished content that you're allowed to see.


  • Install this module using the official Backdrop CMS

  • Visit the permissions page under Administration > Configuration > User
    Accounts > Permissions (admin/config/people/permissions) and select the content
    types to give view permission to.

Documentation and Common Issues

If using view_unpublished with Views, use the "Published or admin" filter, NOT
"published = yes". Views will then respect your custom permissions.

If for some reason this module does not seem to work, try rebuilding your node
permissions at admin/reports/status/rebuild. Note that this can take significant
time on larger installs and it is HIGHLY recommended that you back up your site

Note that block caching is disabled for modules that implement
hook_node_grants (like this one). There are workarounds: see this
for one possibility
(for the Drupal version of this module). See also Block Cache
for another possible

Additional documentation is located in the

Differences from Drupal 7

The "View any unpublished content" permission is now part of Backdrop core and
so has been removed from this module.


Bugs and feature requests should be reported in the Issue

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This project is GPL v2 software.
See the LICENSE.txt file in this directory for complete text.