Installing a Confluence trial

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Want to get up and running with Confluence quickly? This page will guide you through the steps to install and set up an evaluation Confluence Data Center site.

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If you're ready to set up a production Confluence site or you want more control, check out our full installation guides.

Before you begin

Our installers come with all the bits and pieces you need to run the application, but there's a few things you'll need to get up and running:

  • A computer or laptop with a supported operating system - you'll be installing Confluence so you'll need admin rights.

    Supported operating systems...

    You can install Confluence on a Windows or Linux operating system.

    Apple Mac isn't supported for production sites, but if you're comfortable setting up applications on your Mac from scratch, you can download the tar.gz file and follow the instructions for Installing Confluence on Linux from Archive File as the process is similar.

  • A supported web browser - you'll need this to access Confluence, we support the latest versions of Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer 11, and Microsoft Edge.

  • A valid email address - you'll need this to generate your evaluation license and create an account.
  • An external database. 

    To run Confluence you'll need an external database. Check the Supported Platforms page for the version you're installing for the list of databases we currently support. If you don't already have a database, PostgreSQL is free and easy to set up.

    Good to know:

Ready to get going? Let's start with grabbing the installer.

1. Download the installer

Head to and download the installer for your operating system.

2. Install Confluence

The installer allows you to choose Express or Custom installations.

The Custom installation allows you to pick some specific options for Confluence, but for this guide we'll use the Express installation.

For Windows
  1. Run the installer - we recommend running with a Windows administrator account.
    If prompted, make sure you allow the installer to make changes to your computer. This will allow you to install Confluence as a service.
  2. Choose Express Install, then click Next.
  3. Once installation is complete, it will ask you if you want to open Confluence in your browser. Make sure this option is selected then click Done.
  4. Confluence will open in your default browser, and you're ready to start the set up wizard.
For Linux
  1. Change to the directory where you downloaded Confluence then execute this command to make it executable:

    $ chmod a+x atlassian-confluence-X.X.X-x64.bin

    Where X.X.X is is the Confluence version you downloaded.

  2. Run the installer - we recommend using sudo to run the installer as this will create a dedicated account to run Confluence and allow you to run Confluence as a service.

    $ sudo ./atlassian-confluence-X.X.X-x64.bin
  3. When prompted, choose Express Install (option 1).
  4. Once installation is complete head to http://localhost:8090/ in your browser to begin the setup process. 

3. Set up Confluence

The set up wizard is the last step in getting Confluence up and running. You'll need your email address to generate your evaluation license.

  1. Select Trial, then select Next.
  2. Select Get an evaluation license and follow the prompts to generate your trial Data Center license.
  3. Choose whether you want to try a standalone (single node) or clustered installation. 'Standalone' is the fastest way to get started. If you choose 'Clustered', you'll need to configure your cluster before continuing.
  4. Enter the details for your database, or set one up. See the 'Before you begin' section of this page for details and connection options.
    It will take a few minutes to get everything connected and operational.

  5. Select Manage users with Confluence, and select Next.
  6. Enter and confirm the details you want to use for your administrator account, and select Done.

That's it! You're ready to team up with some colleagues and start using Confluence.

Last modified on Oct 11, 2021

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