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Themes allow you to personalise the 'look and feel' of Confluence. You can apply a theme to your entire Confluence site or to individual spaces. Choose a specific theme if you want to add new functionality or significantly alter the appearance of Confluence.

Confluence comes with a selection of themes. In addition, a site administrator can install new themes as plugins via the Confluence Administration Console. Provided that the theme is installed into your Confluence site, any space administrator can apply a theme to a space.

By default when you create a new space, the space will have the Confluence default theme.

To apply a theme to a space:

  1. Go to the space and choose Space tools > Look and Feel from the bottom of the sidebar
    You'll need Space Admin permissions to do this. 
  2. Choose Themes and select a theme option
  3. Choose Confirm

Screenshot: Applying a theme

If your space is using the Documentation theme:

  1. Choose Browse > Space Admin from the header

    Note: The Space Admin option appears only if you have space admin permissions, or if you're part of the 'confluence-administrators' group.

  2. Choose Themes from the space administration options
  3. Select a theme option
  4. Choose Confirm

Want to customise Confluence or make it even more beautiful? Try a Confluence theme from the Atlassian Marketplace.




  1. Anonymous

    Is there a way that I can change the default theme to be used for new spaces? I want all new spaces I create to use the same theme.

    1. Hi,

      Unfortunately, this is currently not achievable in Confluence and there is already an improvement request for it:

      Feel free to cast a vote to increase its popularity, comment on it, and watch it for future updates.


  2. Joachim,

    Is there a way to bulk change themes? Maybe even some SQL? I want to change all personal spaces from the deprecated Clickr theme to the global default theme.



    1. Anonymous

      I second this question: I want to programmaticaly work out which space uses which theme.


      1. Anonymous

        I think I've found the answer to my own question: [] gives useful sql pointers for theme data.

        Looks like the information needed is held in the bandana table:

        • space id is held in bandanacontext column
        • theme is held in bandanavalue

        cheers, Helen

  3. Anonymous

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       |value=[view count|first view date|last view date]
       |format=[date format]
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  4. Anonymous

    Can you have a custom design/layout or color scheme?



  5. Anonymous

    I have several pages setup in a 'Space' with the default theme.  When I change it to 'Documentation Theme', I'm left with just one of the pages; all others have disappeared.  How do I add the missing ones to the sidebar?





  6. Anonymous

    Followup: It turns out that the pages weren't actually linked to the parent page.  So they don't show on the 'Document' theme, but do show on the default theme.


  7. Is there any way to have multiple themes for pages within a space?

    In other words, I want a subset of the pages within a space to have a document theme but not all.  the overarching question being, can I give a specific page a document theme?

  8. It seems that if you apply a new default theme using a plug-in, such as "refinedwiki original theme" the default confluence theme is no longer available to choose for a space, unlike the documentation theme. Is it possible to create a copy of the original theme, or something similar, in order to be able to use the confluence default them for some spaces, and your plug-in theme for others?

    1. Hi Lisa, do you mean that the default theme no longer appears as an option on the Themes page?  This might be something to raise with the developers of Refined wiki, as I'm not sure that would be the intended behaviour. 

      If you switch back to the Documentation theme, is the default theme then available as an option? 

      1. Hi Rachel, thanks for the reply.

        I have raised it with Refined wiki, they let me know it was an ongoing issue with confluence. The issue is the same if you set the documentation theme as the default theme, you still don't get the option to use the "Confluence theme" for some spaces. Its either, use the "confluence theme" as the default theme, or don't use it at all.

        There is a JIRA issue here: CONF-10208 - Allow spaces to use the "Default" theme, even if it is not globally configured as the default theme Open

        Any Ideas?

        1. It's now possible with the use of Brikit's Default Theme add-on, and even better is that the add-on retains the styling of your login panel, search results, profile pages, dashboard, and other global elements. Great for the Confluence diehards. (smile)