OMERO: Sharing data with users you are not in a group with

Dear all,

According to, the Omero.web share option aims to create shares with users you are not in a group with. However, in our omero.server, only users with admin privileges can access to the entire list of users in the “members” field from the create share window.
Users without admin privileges get instead a list of empty parentheses, as well as users they already are in a group with, which makes the share option pretty useless for them.
When an “empty parentheses” entry is selected, <hidden> <hidden> (<hidden>) shows up.

How could we allow non-admin users create such internal shares with the create share button?
And is it possible to permanently delete a share from the shares tab?

Also, in this post (Omero sharing for Screens, datasets and projects - #2 by mtbc), @mtbc mentionned that omero.web shares usage is not recommended and may be deprecated someday.
Is it maybe planned for the future to allow sharing data with users from other groups in a different way?

Many thanks in advance,

Hi Clarie,

indeed. shares were deprecated in 5.3.0 (March 2017), but a warning or removal from the UI is needed (see omero-web#179).

The current best suggestion is to to use the omero-duplicate plugin to create a separate view of the same data in a different group.

You can read more about the plugin here on the forums, e.g.:

All the best,

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Hi Josh,

thank you very much for your answer.
I will definitely have a look at the omero-duplicate plugin!