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A template is a predefined page that can be used as a prototype when creating new pages. Templates are useful for giving pages a common style or format.

You can create your own templates within Confluence. See Adding a Template.

In addition, you can download pre-defined templates from the Atlassian Marketplace in the form of a template bundle. Each template bundle contains one or more templates, created by Atlassian or third parties. Here is a summary of the steps required:

  • Download the template bundle from the Atlassian Marketplace.
  • Install the template bundle into your Confluence site.
  • Make the templates available by importing them into the site or into an individual space.

You need 'System Administrator' permission to install template bundles into your Confluence site. You need 'Confluence Administrator' permission to manage the existing template bundles on your Confluence site. See Global Permissions Overview.

Step 1. Check the template bundles installed on your Confluence site

To see the template bundles that are currently available for import on your Confluence site:

  1. Log in to Confluence as a System Administrator or Confluence Administrator.
  2. Choose the cog icon  at top right of the screen, then choose Confluence Admin.
  3. Choose Import Templates in the left-hand panel. You will see a list of the template bundles installed on your Confluence site, and the templates included in each bundle.

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Step 2. (Optional) Download and install additional template bundles from the Atlassian Marketplace

Follow the steps below if you want to add more template bundles to your site.

Before installing an add-on (also called a plugin) into your Confluence site, please check the add-on's information page to see whether it is supported by Atlassian, by another vendor, or not at all. See our guidelines on add-on support.

To upload more templates:

  1. Go to the Atlassian Marketplace and download the template bundle that you need. It will be in the form of a JAR file. Save the JAR file somewhere in your file system.
  2. Log in to Confluence as a System Administrator.
  3. Choose the cog icon  at top right of the screen, then choose Confluence Admin.
  4. Choose Manage Add-ons in the left-hand panel.
  5. Choose Upload Add-on.
  6. Browse to find the template bundle that you downloaded, and upload it to Confluence. The template bundle will appear in the list under 'User-installed Add-ons'.

Step 3. Import the templates to make them available to users

You now have one or more template bundles on your site. The templates are not available until you have 'imported' them.

To import a template:

  1. Log in to Confluence as a System Administrator or Confluence Administrator.
  2. Choose the cog icon  at top right of the screen, then choose Confluence Admin.
  3. Choose Import Templates in the left-hand panel. You will see the template bundles installed on your Confluence site and the templates included in each bundle.
    Note: You can see a preview of the template by choosing the template name.
  4. Select the templates to be imported by ticking the check boxes next to the relevant template names.
  5. Choose the import destination for the templates in the Import To dropdown menu. If you want the templates to be available to only a specific space, choose the name of the space, otherwise choose Global Templates to make the templates available to all spaces.
  6. Choose Import.

Screenshot: Importing a template

Notes

  • Building your own template bundles. You can build a template bundle as an add-on (also called a 'plugin') and then upload it to your Confluence site. You can then import the templates from your custom template bundle, as described above. You will need some programming knowledge to develop a template bundle. See Creating A Template Bundle.
  • Duplicate template names. If a template with the same name already exists on import, a duplicate template of the same name will be created. You will need to check the templates and rename them manually.
  • Removing the template. Removing the add-on that contains a template will not remove the template from your Confluence site if you have already imported it. You will need to remove the template manually via the administration console or space administration screen.
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12 Comments

  1. I was a site and space administrator with no 'import template' option on my version as instructed. I was using 3.0 have it now in 3.4

  2. Anonymous

    Hello!

    I can't import any templates. There is no list to choose from.

    I tried to deaktivate the plugins and aktivate them again but that didnt work. I reinstalled confluence and have the same problame with a fresh installed and unconfigured confluence installation. (v3.4)

    1. Anonymous

      I am having the same problem with version 3.4

  3. Anonymous

    I can't seem to import the templates too. I installed the plugins using the plugin repos

    Atlassian Templates: Human Resources
    All modules enabled.

    Atlassian Templates: Software Development
    All modules enabled.

    The Import Templates only lists the templates from the Default Templates Package

    This goes for Confluence 3.3.3

    btw, that captcha is terrible...

  4. Anonymous

    What are the missing steps between finding the template bundle on Atlassian's web page (e.g. https://plugins.atlassian.com/plugin/details/20489) and using the instruction above to import it?  Clearly one has to download the file.  But then what does one do with that file?  Where do you put it?  Will it then automatically show up in the list of templates that can be imported in the Confluence admin screen?  Or do I need to do something else?  All the web pages about installing templates link to this page, completely ignoring the foregoing questions.

    And yes, the CAPTCHA sucks.  Get a different one.

    1. I submitted a support request for this very thing.  After a little guidance, I discovered how to make this work.

      1. Obtain the template bundle from the Atlassian plug-in exchange.  In my case, I used https://plugins.atlassian.com/plugin/details/20493. https://plugins.atlassian.com/server/1.0/download/pluginVersion/32378
      2. Click the download button to save the .jar file to your local computer.
      3. Next, open the Confluence Admin page, and choose Plugins.
      4. To the right of the Tabs, you should see the link Upload Plugin.  Click this link.
      5. You are then given the choice to browse your computer.  Click the Browse button, and choose the .jar file you just downloaded.
      6. The install completes in a few minutes (I have a hosted instance ... locally hosted users may be quicker)
      7. Once the installation completes, go back to the Import Templates page.
      8. You should now see your template (Human Resources Templates in this example).
      9. Choose the ones you want available to your users by clicking the checkboxes, choose where to import to (from the drop-down) then click the Import button.

      Hope this helps some of you.

      Jason

  5. Anonymous

    Hi there,

    I would like to add the templates bundle but am concerned about the comments I just read. Has anyone had any luck installing these and using them?

    Thanks!

    Tia

  6. Anonymous

    Same here with 3.4. Templates don't show up in Global Templates. Plugins are installed and active. 

    1. I ran into the same situation, with 3.4 (build 2029). Got around it by disabling the default templates; the HR and Dev bundles appeared and I was able to  import them.

  7. I'm quite confused about if this is being deprecated in 5.0+ or not. This specific page lists support for 5.4, but the link to how to create a template bundle says this has been deprecated in 5.0. Which one is it?

    Further, the plugin that's referenced: https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/com.atlassian.confluence.plugins.templates-dev lists support for 3.3-5.15. But I am able to import it into 5.4.3 however.

    And if template bundles are being deprecated, how then should developers look to have templates under source control? To me it appears that you can create a custom global template in the confluence admin, but don't have the ability to export that template, and reading this makes it appear that even creating a template bundle isn't supported.

    1. Hi Colin, I believe that blueprints will replace template bundles. Although the method for creating template bundles has been deprecated from Confluence 5, the ability to import templates into Confluence has not yet been removed. 

      1. Thanks! That's what I kind of ended up discovering myself.