There are a number of ways to install Confluence. Choose the method that is best for your environment.
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Install a Confluence trial
This is the fastest way to get a Confluence site up and running. If you're evaluating Confluence, use this option or try Confluence Cloud free.
You don't need an external database to install a Confluence trial.
Install Confluence using an installer
This option uses an installer, and is the most straightforward way to get your production site up and running on a Windows or Linux server.
Install Confluence from a zip or archive file
This option requires you to manually install files and configure some system properties. It gives you the most control over the install process. Use this option if there isn't an installer for your operating system.
Run Confluence in a Docker container
This option gets Confluence Server up and running in no time using a pre-configured Docker image. Head to https://docs.docker.com/ to find out more about Docker.
Atlassian supports running Confluence in a Docker container, but we cannot offer support for problems which are related to the environment itself.
Install Confluence in a cluster
Confluence Data Center is a clustered solution for large enterprises. You can deploy it on your own infrastructure or a public cloud platform like AWS or Azure.
Read the Confluence Data Center Technical Overview to find out if Confluence Data Center is right for your organization.