Linking to Another Application
Application links is a bundled plugin that allows you to link Confluence to other Atlassian products or external applications. Thanks to this, they can exchange information or give access to certain resources or functionalities. In the case of Confluence, the most common integration is the one with Jira – it lets you easily display information about Jira issues on Confluence pages, link pages to issues in Jira, or use other features created specifically for app links.
You can also link Confluence to external applications using either OAuth 1.0 or OAuth 2.0. These integrations are typically used for internal integrations and require that your application is compatible with application links.
View application links
To view application links:
- Go to Administration > General Configuration > Applications.
- You’ll see the following page:
- Application - Name of the linked application and its version. For external applications, it always shows Generic application.
- Direction - Communication direction, either Incoming, Outgoing, or Two-way. For Atlassian products, you should configure two-way communication, but some external applications won’t need it.
- Status - Connection status. For external applications, it always shows Non-Atlassian.
- Actions - Actions you can do on your links, such as edit or delete. For OAuth 2.0 connections, you can additionally view your OAuth credentials.
Link to Atlassian products or external applications using OAuth 1.0
When you link to other Atlassian products, the communication is using OAuth 1.0. You can also use this option to link to external applications, although we recommend that you update your integrations to use OAuth 2.0.
To link to other Atlassian products or external applications using OAuth 1.0:
- In application links, select Create link.
- Select Atlassian product as the link type.
- Enter the Application URL of your Atlassian product or external application.
- Follow the steps in the wizard. You’ll be redirected between Confluence and the product you’re linking to to authorize the two-way connection.
Link to external applications using OAuth 2.0
You can link Confluence to external applications using OAuth 2.0 in both directions, either making Confluence act as a client (outgoing link) or provider (incoming link).
Configure Confluence as an OAuth 2.0 client (outgoing link)
In this scenario, Confluence acts as an OAuth client, requesting data from the external application.
For more information, see Configure an outgoing link.
Configure Confluence as an OAuth 2.0 provider (incoming link)
In this scenario, Confluence acts as an OAuth provider, allowing the external application to access its data.
For more information, see Configure an incoming link.