Documentation for Confluence 3.1.
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Welcome to the Confluence Installation Guide!

What is Confluence?

Confluence is an enterprise wiki that makes it easy for your team to collaborate and share knowledge. A wiki is a web application that lets you edit web pages easily and immediately. No waiting, just click, type, and click again.

Want one? Let's go!

Before you Start

Please check the following points:

  1. Make sure that your system meets the minimum requirements to run Confluence:
    • If you are installing Confluence for evaluation purposes, it should be pretty easy. You can use the Confluence Installer for Windows or Mac, or the zip archives. You will need a web browser — we recommend Firefox or Internet Explorer.
    • For production installations, use the zip archives. Please read the detailed system requirements.
  2. Please verify that this version of the Confluence documentation matches that of the Confluence version you are installing. The Confluence documentation version you are currently viewing is indicated toward the top of the page tree on the left or in the 'breadcrumb trail' in the top banner of this page. If you need to access a different version of the Confluence documentation, use the control at the top of the page tree on the left or you can access it from the documentation home page.

Installing and Setting Up Confluence

Two phases: Installation and Setup

There are two phases to the Confluence installation and setup procedure. The instructions on this and following pages will lead you through both phases. Overview:

  • Install Confluence onto your computer. We provide detailed instructions for installing the Standalone distribution and the EAR/WAR distribution.
  • Provide initial setup information. The Setup Wizard will prompt you for the information needed to get you up and running.

Choose the type of Confluence installation you'd like from the table below, and follow the link(s) to the remaining installation instructions. When you have finished the installation phase, you will be prompted to start the setup phase.

Installation Type


Evaluation installer for Windows
Evaluation Installer for Mac OS X

These are the simplest options for installing and evaluating Confluence. Choose these options if you wish to evaluate Confluence on a Windows- or a Mac OS X-based system.

These installers are specialised versions of the Standalone distribution (below) that should only be used to evaluate Confluence.

Standalone distribution

The 'Standalone' distribution provides the simplest method of installing Confluence for long term or production use. Choose this option if any of the following is true:

  • You are evaluating Confluence and may likely use this installation for long term or production purposes.
  • You want to run the Confluence application on the Apache Tomcat application server bundled with this distribution.
  • You are not sure what you want, except to get Confluence up and running with minimum fuss.

EAR/WAR distribution

This distribution allows you to deploy Confluence onto your own existing application server, instead of the Apache Tomcat server bundled with the Standalone distribution.

Confluence Clusters

Please read the Confluence Clustering Overview and the Cluster Checklist before you consider installing Confluence in a cluster.

Upgrading Confluence

Choose this option if you want to upgrade an existing Confluence installation to a new release of Confluence.


Upgrading Confluence
System Requirements