How to disable plugins in Confluence in 6.1+ using Java system properties

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This is a Confluence Server feature. These parameters do not work with Confluence Data Center.


Confluence added the ability to disable all plugins at start-up using a command line argument. If you would rather have this set permanently, or launch Confluence as a service, you can instead configure this through Java CATALINA_OPTS arguments.


  1. Use the appropriate method to set System Properties for your operating system from Configuring System Properties
  2. Make the following changes:
    • If Confluence is running on Linux or is launched manually on Windows using start-confluence.bat

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      1. Comment out this line:

      2. Add the following line:

        CATALINA_OPTS="-Datlassian.plugins.startup.options='--disable-all-addons' ${CATALINA_OPTS}"
      3. Save (or setenv.bat)
    • If Confluence is running via a Windows service:

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      1. Add the following line to the end of the Java Options field:

      2. Click Ok Save
  3. Stop and Start the Confluence service
Last modified on Dec 15, 2021

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