It's my understanding that only CARTO maps can be password-protected, not datasets. I'm currently using the datasets like so:

const source = new carto.source.Dataset(dataset);
const style = new carto.style.CartoCSS(cartoLayerCss);
const layer = new carto.layer.Layer(source, style, {

      .then(() => {

Am I forced to

  1. make the dataset private
  2. create a map out of it
  3. set a password on that map and
  4. bind the pw-protected map via vis.json?

1 Answer 1


CARTO Builder and Editor maps can be shared with password. CARTO datasets "can be shared" using tokens with the Auth API (vis.json does not work with CARTO.js v4).

  • Thanks but I don't wanna "share" them per se -- I intend to display them on google maps. May 14, 2020 at 18:40
  • Then you need to play with the Auth API somehow. Maybe you can use tokens as pwds... May 14, 2020 at 18:43
  • No cleaner way? May 14, 2020 at 19:01
  • I don't know. Ask CARTO support. May 14, 2020 at 19:11
  • k, thanks for your answer. May 14, 2020 at 19:18

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