How to hide the People Directory from a Confluence group

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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

Confluence does not have a built in way to hide the People Directory from a group. You might not want their staff information (position, email, etc) to be visible to all Confluence users, for example in a publicly accessible instance of Confluence.

Solution

  1. If you are using the Default Confluence Theme:
    1. Go to Confluence Admin >> Layout >> Main Layout >> Edit
    2. Add the code below before the </head> tag. Replace the <group_name> in the code with the name of the group that you which you want to to hide the people directory from.

      #if ($userAccessor.hasMembership('<group_name>', $helper.action.remoteUser.name))
      <style type="text/css">
      #people-directory-link
      {
      display:none !important;
      }
      </style>
      #end
      
  2. If you are using the Documentation Theme:
    1. Shutdown your Confluence
    2. Go to <CONF-INSTALL>/confluence/WEB-INF/atlassian-bundled-plugins
    3. Make a backup of the doctheme-x.x.x.jar.
    4. Create a new temporary folder.
    5. Extract the doctheme-x.x.x.jar into the temporary folder. 
      • (info) You can use common archiving tools, such as WinRAR or via the command line, to extract the jar
    6. Open the main.vmd file with from the following directory <TEMPORARY_FOLDER>/doctheme/decorators/
    7. Add the following code before the </head> tag in the file. Replace the <group_name> in the code with the name of the group which you want to to hide the people directory from. 

      #if ($userAccessor.hasMembership('<group_name>', $helper.action.remoteUser.name))
      <style type="text/css">
      #people-directory-link
      {
      display:none !important;
      }
      </style>
      #end
    8. Open the doctheme-x.x.x.jar with archiving tools such as winrar or winzip 

    9. Add the main.vmd into the doctheme-x.x.x.jar to the path /doctheme/decorators/

    10. Replace the old jar in the <CONF-INSTALL>/confluence/WEB-INF/atlassian-bundled-plugins with the modified doctheme-x.x.x.jar
    11. Restart Confluence.

Last modified on Mar 8, 2017

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