How to set file system permissions for Confluence

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In order to work properly, Confluence requires complete access to its files and directories. 

Many issues might surface when the account running the Confluence process doesn't have permission to write or to read files in the home directory.



Run the commands below then restart Confluence.

Replace <confluence-user> with the dedicated user account that runs the Confluence process, and <confluence-install-folder> and <confluence-home-folder> with the appropriate values.

sudo chown -R <confluence-user> <confluence-install-folder>
sudo chown -R <confluence-user> <confluence-home-folder>
sudo chmod -R u=rwx,g=rx,o=rx <confluence-install-folder>
sudo chmod -R u=rwx,g=rx,o=rx <confluence-home-folder>


  1. Right click on <confluence-home-folder> and hit Properties.
  2. Navigate to the Security Tab and make sure that the user running Confluence has Full Control of this folder. 
  3. Do the same for the <confluence-install-folder> folder.
  4. Restart Confluence.

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