I have a SharePoint 2013 add-in that uses the SP REST API to add an item to a library on the host web. I don't want to grant app users edit-level permissions to the library since the app will be in charge of adding library items, not the user. I have already set the app's permission level in the app manifest to full-control, however the app's Post call returns an error when a user with read permissions attempts to use the app. Is there anyway for a user with read permissions to use an app that Posts to a host library?

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Just use Add-in-only policy. In Visual Studio, open app manifest in design mode and there is a checkbox in upper left corner on the permissions tab. Add-ins-only policy enables Add-ins to use separate access rights in given scope. It should do the job for you.

  • I am sure that @Y.MoumenElidrissi is wrong. And following the link you can find: Add-in-only policy - "When the add-in-only policy is used, SharePoint checks only the permissions of the add-in principal."
    – user69904
    Commented Aug 28, 2017 at 23:28
  • One more thing. I have created couple of provider hosted Add-Ins working this way. I have never used SharePoint hosted Add-Ins.
    – user69904
    Commented Aug 28, 2017 at 23:47
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    After some research, it turns out that the add-in only policy only works for provider hosted apps
    – cmoody4
    Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 17:33
  • @Radas I'm not wrong Add-in only policy works only for Provider hosted apps and User+add-in policy works for SharePoint hosted apps. Apps that do not make OAuth authenticated calls (for example, apps that are only JavaScript running in the app web) cannot use the app-only policy Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 23:08

You cannot use a Rest Post action on host web with users that have read permission. Check this link and read User+add-in policy : Get an overview of add-in authorization policies types

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