Private teams

Create private teams for issues that should only be accessed by certain workspace members.

Linear app showing a private team called Engineering.

Private teams let you create teams visible to select members in the workspace. The team and issues in them will only be visible to workspace members who have been invited to the private team (and admins have limited access). This feature is limited to paid plans. Anyone in the workspace can create a private team or make an existing team private.

Outside of permissions-related functionality, private teams work just like other teams.

G then S to go to Settings, then:

To create a private team, go to the sidebar, scroll down, and select Add team

To make a team private or remove privacy controls, go to Team settings > General and update privacy settings

When creating teams from workspace settings, toggle the option to make the team private.

To make an existing team private or vice versa, go to Team Settings > General and update privacy settings. Making a team private, will remove any assignees that are not members of the private team (managed under team members settings). Likewise, any subscribers to issues in the newly private team will be removed.

Private teams may be helpful for these use cases:

  • Work that is sensitive or should be limited to only some team members (e.g. HR, customer data, founders or exec team).
  • You want a personal team to keep track of tasks.

We have plans to support other permissions-related features in the future such as guest users.

Owners of a private team and workspace admins can go to Team settings > Members to invite other workspace members to the team or promote an existing team member to team owner. Members of a private team can leave the team on their own, but they won't be able to re-join the team without an explicit invite.

Private team issues and projects are not visible to members outside of the private team.

The person who creates a private team or makes an existing team private becomes the default owner of the private team with full access to issues and team settings. Workspace admins have limited access; they can see all private teams in settings, update team settings, and join private teams but will not see issues in a private team unless they join it.

If an admin uses their privileges to join a private team, they'll be shown a warning and we'll notify the team owners.

Issues in a private team can only be viewed or assigned to members of that private team. You cannot @mention someone outside the team in private team issues. Only team members can be subscribed to issues of the private team.

Members of a private team can see its projects on the roadmap but those projects won't be visible to others.

Projects created under public teams: Projects created under public teams can be shared with private teams. Only private team members will be able to see that the project has been shared with the private team and view or add issues to the project that are associated with the private team.

Projects created under private teams: Projects created under private teams are visible to the private team members only, even if the project has been shared with another public team. Private team members can create issues in the project that are associated with public teams, but those issues will appear without an associated project to anyone outside of the private team.

If your workspace has set up custom integrations or apps, please consider this when adding private team data to issues.r privacy concerns whenever creating apps and integrations for Linear.

The API, webhooks, and integrations such as Zapier can expose a user's private team and issue titles. It's possible to access private issue data with the API if you are using a personal API key of a user that has access to private teams. Webhooks can also expose data from private teams as webhooks for private teams can be set up by team owners and workspace admins.

When exporting issues from the workspace using our Export tool, admins can choose to include issues from any private team.

To ensure issue data remains private, private teams creates some limitations with existing integrations.

IntegrationLimitations
GitHub and GitLabPrivate issues will be posted as linkbacks on PRs or MRs with the issue ID and link only
Google SheetsIt does not populate issue data from private teams, only public ones
IntercomIt does not let you create or link issues in private teams even if you have access to them
SentryIt does not let you create or link issues in private teams even if you have access to them
ZapierSee our note above on API and webhooks
ZendeskIt does not let you create or link issues in private teams even if you have access to them
FrontIf you have access to a private team, then you'll be able to create and link to issues in private teams