Scheduled Jobs

The administration console allows you to schedule various administrative jobs in Confluence, so that they are executed at regular time intervals. The types of jobs which can be scheduled cover:

  • Confluence site backups
  • Storage optimisation jobs to clear Confluence's temporary files and caches
  • Index optimisation jobs to ensure Confluence's search index is up to date
  • Mail queue optimisation jobs to ensure Confluence's mail queue is maintained and notifications have been sent.

(info) You'll need System Administrator permissions in order to edit and manually run jobs.

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Accessing Confluence's Scheduled Jobs Configuration

To access Confluence's Scheduled Jobs configuration page:

  1.  > General Configuration > Scheduled Jobs
  2. All scheduled jobs are listed with:
    • Status - the job's status, which is either 'Scheduled' (it it is currently enabled) or 'Disabled'.
    • Last Execution - the date and time when the job was last executed. This field will be empty of the job was never executed.
    • Next Execution -the date and time when the job is next scheduled to be executed. This field will contain dash symbol ('-') if the job is disabled.
    • Avg. Duration - the length of time (in milliseconds) that it took to complete the job (the last time it ran).
    • Actions - Options to edit the job's schedule, run it manually, view the history or disable the job.

Screenshot: Scheduled Jobs

Running a job manually

To run a job manually head to the Scheduled Jobs list and choose Run next to the job. It will run immediately. 

Not all jobs can be run manually. 

Changing a job's schedule

To change a job's schedule:

  1. Choose Edit next to the job you want to change. 
  2. Enter the new day or time to run the job as a cron expression - there's more info about cron expressions below
  3. Save your changes to the job's schedule, or Revert back to the default setting.

Not all jobs' schedules are configurable.

Screenshot: Configuring a Job Schedule

Disabling/Re-enabling a Job

By default, all jobs in Confluence are enabled.

Use the Disable / Enable links in the action column to disable and re-enable each job.

Not all jobs in Confluence can be disabled.

Viewing a Job's Execution History

To see when a job was last run, and how long the job took to run, click the History link beside the job. 

If a job has not run at least once the History link won't appear.

Screenshot: Job Execution History

Types of Jobs

Job Name


Execution Behaviour

Default Schedule

Back Up Confluence

Performs a backup of your entire Confluence site.

Per cluster

At 2am every day

Check Cluster Safety

For clustered Confluence installations, this job ensures that only one Confluence instance in the cluster writes to the database at a time.
For standard (non-clustered) editions of Confluence, this job is useful for alerting customers who have accidentally connected a second Confluence instance to a Confluence database which is already in use.

Per cluster

Every 30 seconds

Clean Journal Entries

Periodically clears journal entries that have already been processed to ensure that its size does not grow indefinitely.

Per nodeAt 2am every day

Clean Temporary Directory

Cleans up temporary files generated in the <confluence-home>/temp directory. This temp directory is created by exports etc.
(info) This doesn't include the temp directory located in the confluence install directory. 

Per node

At 4am every day

Clear Expired Mail Errors

Clears notification errors in the mail error queue. A notification error is sent to the mail error queue whenever the notification fails to be sent due to an error.

Per cluster

At 3am every day

Clear Expired Remember Me Tokens

Clears all expired 'Remember Me' tokens from the Confluence site. Remember Me tokens expire after two weeks.

Per cluster

On the 20th of each month

Email Daily Reports

Emails a daily summary report of all Confluence changes to all subscribers.
(info) Since each email report only records changes from the last 24-hour period, it is recommended that you only change the time of this job whilst keeping the job's frequency to 24 hours.

Per cluster

At 12am every day

Flush Edge Index QueueFlushes the Edge Index Queue so Confluence's search results stay up to date.Per nodeEvery 30 seconds

Flush Index Queue

Flushes changes to Confluence's index so that Confluence's search results are up to date. Confluence records each content update in its search index.

Per node

Every 5 seconds

Flush Local Task Queue

Flushes the local task queue. (These are internal Confluence tasks that are typically flushed at a high frequency.)

Per node

Every minute

Flush Mail Queue

Sends notifications that have been queued up in the mail queue.

Per cluster

Every minute

Flush Task Queue

Flushes the task queue. (These are internal Confluence tasks that are typically flushed at a high frequency.)

Per node

Every minute

Send Recommended Updates EmailTriggers sending recommended update emails to users. The job runs hourly, but users will receive the notification weekly or daily, depending on the setting in their profile, at a time that matches their timezone.Per clusterHourly


Cron Expressions

A cron expression is a string of 6-7 'time interval' fields that defines the frequency with which a job is executed. Each of these fields can be expressed as either a numerical value or a special character and each field is separated by at least one space or tab character.

The table below is shows the order of time interval fields in a cron expression and each field's permitted numerical values.

You can specify a special character instead of a numerical value for any field in the cron expression to provide flexibility in defining a job's frequency. Common special characters include:

  • '*' — a 'wild card' that indicates 'all permitted values'.
  • '?' — indicates 'ignore this time interval' in the cron expression. That is, the cron expression will not be bound by the time interval (such as 'Month', 'Day of week' or 'Year') to which this character is specified.

For more information about cron expressions, please refer to the Cron Trigger tutorial on the Quartz website.

Order in cron

Time interval
















Day of month





1-12 or JAN-DEC



Day of week

1-7 or SUN-SAT






* Excluding special characters.

Last modified on Dec 2, 2015

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