How to give non Confluence users access to a Space

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Platform Notice: Server and Data Center Only - This article only applies to Atlassian products on the server and data center platforms.

Purpose

You have a Confluence Cloud instance, and you'd like to allow people to access content in a specific space without having to log in to the system.  

In Confluence, we call users who don't have a login Anonymous users. Anonymous access for non-confluence users is not turned on by default. 

Below you'll find steps to specify which space you want to give Anonymous users access to, and then turn on Anonymous access for Confluence so that users who are not logged in gain access to all spaces with Anonymous access turned on. 

Solution

Modify the Space Permissions for a space to allow Anonymous access

  • In Confluence, click on the cog icon on the top right handside of the menu bar and select General Configuration
  • In the menu on the left of the screen, scroll down and click on Space Permissions under the USERS & SECURITY heading
  • Scroll down until you get to the Individual Spaces heading and then look for the space you want to allow Anonymous Users to access
  • Click the Manage Permissions link forthe space
  • Scroll down the page to Anonymous Access and click on the 'Edit Permissions' button
  • To give Anonymous users the option to view pages in the space but not modify, create or comment on them, check the box under All View for the Anonymous row
  • Click on the 'Save All' button, your screen should now look like this:

Note

While Anonymous access is not turned on in Confluence by default, you may want to look over the space permissions for each of your spaces to ensure that Anonymous access is turned off for spaces you don't want to be accessed by the public before moving on to step 2.

Turn on Anonymous access globally for Confluence

  • In Confluence, click on the cog icon on the top right-hand side of the menu bar and select General Configuration
  • In the menu on the left of the screen, scroll down and click on Global Permissions under the USERS & SECURITY heading
  • Click on the 'Edit Permissions' button at the top of the page, and then scroll down the page until you reach Anonymous Access
  • Check the box in line with Anonymous under the heading Use Confluence
  • Click on the 'Save All' button, your screen should now look like this:

Note

Anonymous users won't be able to see the "recent spaces" inside the Spaces menu as the visited spaces are not saved in the database(for anonymous users only).

Description

In Confluence, we call users who don't have a login Anonymous users. Anonymous access for non-confluence users is not turned on by default. 

Below you'll find steps to specify which space you want to give Anonymous users access to, and then turn on Anonymous access for Confluence so that users who are not logged in gain access to all spaces with Anonymous access turned on. 

ProductConfluence
PlatformServer
Last modified on Oct 14, 2020

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