Start and Stop Confluence

How you start and stop Confluence depends on whether you are running Confluence as a Service. 

To check whether Confluence is already running you can go to http://<base-url>/status.

Windows

When installed as a service...

If you installed Confluence as a service, you can Start Confluence and Stop Confluence from the Windows Start menu. 

You can't start or stop Confluence manually using the start-confluence.bat and stop-confluence.bat file.

When not installed as a service...

If you didn't install Confluence as a service you'll need to start and stop Confluence manually. The way you do this depends on how Confluence was originally installed.

If you installed Confluence manually, and have Java installed on your server:

  • To start Confluence run <installation-directory>\bin\start-confluence.bat
  • To stop Confluence run <installation-directory>\bin\stop-confluence.bat

We recommend running Confluence with a dedicated user account. To do this, use use the runas command to execute start-confluence.bat.

> runas /env /user:<DOMAIN>\<confluence> start-confluence.bat

Where <DOMAIN> is your Windows domain or computer name and <confluence> is the name of your dedicated user.

If you installed Confluence using the installer, and don't have Java installed, use the Start and Stop Confluence options in the Start menu, or:

  • To start Confluence run <installation-directory>\startup-bundled-jre.bat
  • To stop Confluence run <installation-directory>\shutdown-bundled-jre.bat

Linux 

When installed as a service...

If you installed Confluence as a service, use one of the following commands to start, stop or restart Confluence.

$ sudo /etc/init.d/confluence start
$ sudo /etc/init.d/confluence stop
$ sudo /etc/init.d/confluence restart

You can't start or stop Confluence manually using the start-confluence.sh and stop-confluence.sh files.

When not installed as a service...

If you didn't install Confluence as a service you'll need to start and stop Confluence manually.

  • To start Confluence run <installation-directory>\bin\start-confluence.sh
  • To stop Confluence run <installation-directory>\bin\stop-confluence.sh


We recommend running Confluence with a dedicated user account:

$ su -u <user>
$ ./start-confluence.sh

Where <user> is the name of your dedicated user.

If you're using Ubuntu the command is a little different:

$ sudo su <user>
$ ./start-confluence.sh
Last modified on Feb 8, 2024

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