System properties not loading as expected on Confluence

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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.


After editing the <Install-folder>/bin/ to add extra system properties, you notice that they are not being loaded by the Confluence process.


Confluence running on Linux.


You can check the properties being used by the Confluence process as follows:

  1. Visit Cog Icon > General Configuration > System Information and look for CATALINA_OPTS, or
  2. Run the following command on the server terminal:
ps -ef | grep org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap

Inspecting the list, you can't see the extra property you just added. You may also notice other properties are missing.


This can be caused by not adding the trailing ${CATALINA_OPTS} that should be closing each CATALINA_OPTS= entry on the file. This needs to be present to append the current line to that variable. If it is missing, it causes all previous items to be overwritten.


Check if that is the case by looking for properties added like this in <Install-folder>/bin/


(info) synchrony.memory.max is just an example, look for any line that does not contain ${CATALINA_OPTS} at the end.

If you find such entries, edit them so they look like this:

CATALINA_OPTS="-Dsynchrony.memory.max=4g ${CATALINA_OPTS}"

Save the file and restart Confluence, all properties should be loaded now. Remember to repeat this on all nodes if running Data Center.

Last modified on Apr 16, 2021

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