Managing Add-ons or Plugins
An add-on is a separately installed component that provides Confluence functionality. The terms 'plugin' and 'add-on' are often used interchangeably.
There are two main types of add-ons:
- System add-ons - these are bundled with Confluence and provide core functionality
- User installed add-ons - these are usually downloaded from The Marketplace and may have been created by Atlassian or by a third party developer.
For information about developing your own add-ons for Confluence, see the Confluence Developer documentation.
About the Universal Plugin Manager
Add-ons are managed via the Universal Plugin Manager (known as the UPM). The UPM can be found in most Atlassian applications, and provides a consistent experience for administering add-ons. To visit the UPM, go to> Add-ons in the Confluence header.
The UPM allows you to:
- Discover and install new add-ons from the Atlassian Marketplace.
- Install or remove add-ons.
- Configure add-on settings.
- Enable or disable add-ons and their component modules.
- Confirm add-on compatibility before upgrading Confluence.
You'll need Confluence Administrator permissions to access the UPM.See Request Add-ons for information on how users can find and request add-ons.
See the Universal Plugin Manager documentation for more information on using the UPM.
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