This page contains instructions for using the Mac OS X Evaluation Installer for Confluence Standalone.
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1. Before you Begin
Please read the following before you begin:
- This evaluation installer should work on all Mac OS X operating systems running on x86 hardware. However, for more information, please refer to our Supported Platforms topic and for further details, our System Requirements topic.
- Have your Confluence license key ready. You can obtain a trial, free or commercial license now, or retrieve your existing license key.
- Note that the Mac OS X Evaluation Installer version has only been tested for evaluation purposes. If you wish to set up a production (permanent) instance of Confluence, please use one of the other Confluence packages.
With those conditions satisfied, please continue on to Step 2.
2. Download and Run the Confluence Mac OS X Evaluation Installer
Follow these steps to download and run the Mac OS X evaluation installer and application for Confluence:
- Download the Mac OS X evaluation installer if you have not already done so. From the Download page, click 'Show All', then the 'Mac OS X' tab. Select the file labelled 'Confluence x.x.x - One-Click Evaluation Installer (DMG)' with the following filename: 'x.x.x' represents the version of Confluence that will be installed.
- Save the downloaded file onto your computer.
- When the download has finished, start the Confluence Mac OS X Evaluation Installer by opening the file you have just downloaded. This 'mounts' the .dmg file in Mac OS X Finder and creates a Confluence Evaluation 'application' with the name
Confluence x.x.x Evaluation, where
x.x.xrepresents the version of Confluence that will be run.
We recommend that you drag the
Confluence x.x.x Evaluationfile into the
Applicationsfolder, so that you'll be able to easily launch it next time you start the computer.
- Start Confluence by opening the newly created Confluence x.x.x Evaluation application.
3. Wait while the Confluence Evaluation Application Sets Up Confluence
Upon starting the Confluence Evaluation application, the 'Confluence Evaluation' dialog box opens and indicates 'Starting'. During this time, the application installs and sets up Confluence for its first run.
Screenshot: Confluence Evaluation Application – Initial Setup
You will have a short wait while the Confluence Evaluation application installs its files (a process that should take no more than a few minutes to complete).
You can view the Confluence log at any time by clicking the 'View Log' button. This opens the contents of the Confluence log in a separate window.
Screenshot: Confluence Evaluation Application – Confluence Log Window
Viewing the Confluence Evaluation application's log during the installation phase shows the progress of the installation process. It also shows the usual activities logged while Confluence is being used.
4. Run and Configure Confluence
Once the installation is complete, the 'Confluence Evaluation' dialog box indicates 'Now Running'.
Screenshot: Confluence Evaluation Application – Ready to Run Confluence
The dialog box indicates the web address of your Confluence Evaluation installation. Clicking on this link or on the 'Open Browser' button opens Confluence (at this address) directly in your web browser. If your web browser is already open, Confluence will be opened in a new tab.
By default, the Confluence Evaluation application sets itself up to launch from your local computer's network address. You can share the URL shown in the window with people on your local network to allow them to access your instance of Confluence.
You must leave the Confluence Evaluation application's dialog box open to keep Confluence running. You should only close this dialog box or click the 'Exit' button when you have completely finished using Confluence.
Confluence installation is now complete! You can now move on to configuration, covered below in Step 5.
If you restart your computer (or close the 'Confluence Evaluation' dialog box) and later want to run Confluence again, simply open the Confluence x.x.x Evaluation file from the Applications folder (end of section 2 above) and wait until the 'Confluence Evaluation' dialog box indicates 'Now Running'. The wait will be shorter than the first time as the Confluence Evaluation application's files will have already been installed and it is only the start-up phase that needs to execute.
5. Follow the Confluence Setup Wizard
Now that you have started Confluence, the Confluence Setup Wizard should appear in your web browser, prompting you to enter your license key. Follow the instructions on the screens that follow, reading the instructions for the Confluence Setup Wizard.
If you encounter any errors, check the Installation FAQ page.
Instructions for Other Distributions
- If you want to install an EAR/WAR distribution for deployment on your own existing application server, please refer to the Installing the Confluence EAR-WAR Edition.
- If you want to install Confluence Standalone on a Mac OS X-based system using the tar.gz (zip) file for evaluation or production purposes, please refer to Installing Confluence Standalone on Mac OS X from Zip File.
- If you wanted to install Confluence Standalone on a Unix-based system, please refer to Installing Confluence Standalone on UNIX or Linux.
- If you wanted to install Confluence Standalone on a Windows-based system:
- Using the simplified installer for evaluation purposes, please refer to Installing Confluence Standalone Using the Windows Evaluation Installer.
- Using the zip file for evaluation or production purposes, please refer to Installing Confluence Standalone on Windows from Zip File.
If you have trouble using the Mac OS X Evaluation Installer, please raise an issue in our online support system under the Confluence project.