Install a Confluence Data Center trial

Want to quickly get up and running with Confluence Data Center? This page will guide you through a few simple steps to install and set up a trial Confluence Data Center site.

A trial license gives you access to a full instance of Confluence Data Center for 30 days. At the end of the trial period your Confluence Data Center site will become read-only and you’ll have the option to buy a full license to continue using it. Either way, you won’t lose any of your projects or data.

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Before you begin

Confluence 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:

For a list of supported platforms, see Supported Platforms

  • 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 valid email address—you'll need it to generate your 30-day trial 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 downloading the installer.

1. Download the installer

Head to and download the installer for your operating system.

2. Install Confluence

The installer allows you to select 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 way you’ll be able to install Confluence as a service.
  2. Select Express install, then select 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 select Done.
  4. Confluence will open in your default browser, and you're ready to start the setup 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 Confluence Data Center license.

  3. Select whether you want to try a Standalone (single node) or Clustered installation. Standalone is the fastest way to get started. If you select Clustered, you'll need to configure your cluster before continuing.

  4. Enter the details for your database. See the Before you begin section of this page for details and connection options.

  5. Select Manage users with Confluence, then select Next.

  6. Enter and confirm the details you want to use for your administrator account, then select Done.

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

Last modified on Mar 31, 2023

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