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Each Confluence user has a user profile. In your own profile, you can access account management features and updated information about yourself. You can also view other users' profiles.

To find your user profile:

Choose your profile picture at top right of the screen, then choose Profile.

Or, choose the Profile link in the sidebar of your personal space.

To find someone else's user profile:

  1. Open the user's hover profile popup:

    • Log in to Confluence, if you have not already done so.
      Note: If a Confluence Administrator has granted the 'View User Profiles' permission to anonymous users, you can access people's hover profile popups without logging in. However, the hover profile features available to anonymous users are restricted.
    • Move your mouse pointer over a user's linked name or profile picture. The hover profile popup will appear.

  2. Choose the user's linked name to open the user profile.

Alternatively, you can choose the Profile link in the sidebar of the user's personal space or go directly to this URL:


Screenshot: User profile screen for the current user


  • View and edit your personal details, such as your name and email address details and optionally, your photograph and other personal information. Note that as a security precaution, in order to change your email address, you will be required to re-enter your password.
  • Upload a profile picture (optional).
  • Change your password.


  • View the recent activity of users that you are following via the Network view.
  • Follow other users from this view.

Status Updates



  • View a list of the pages and spaces you are currently watching.




The 'Administer User' link is visible to Confluence administrators only. The administrator can click this link to go directly to the user management screen in the Administration Console.

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  1. I don't know if this was overlooked, but it seems that the PROFILE information is targeted to OTHER PEOPLE rather than that specific user, but I don't see a way for other people in the company to see that tab.  Am I overlooking something?

    1. The easiest way to get there is by Hover Profile.

      If the user has a Personal Space, then their Profile information is displayed in the Sidebar.

      You can also navigate to a Profile directly via the url, e.g:


  2. Is there anyway to set the tabbed view (with the profile tab as default) as the user default primary page? The initial page with the sidebar just seems like an odd homepage. The tabs are hidden.

    In other words, I would like this to be the user homepage /confluence/users/viewuserprofile.action?username=... instead of /confluence/display/~USERID/Home.


    1. Hi Sean,

      Currently, if a user does not have a Personal Space, clicking on their username does take you to the Profile Page. However, the link takes you to the Home page of the user's Personal Space if it exists. The reasoning behind this is that the user can configure their own Home page to appear exactly as they want it - for example you could display your profile details by using the {profile} macro.

      There has been some discussion about this behaviour at CONF-14568 - feel free to add details of your exact requirements to that issue.


  3. Two questions regarding user-profile:

    1. Is there a way so that when a user-name is clicked anywhere, it *always* takes you to the profile and not to the Personal Space even if it exists? We would like to use user-profile for networking and Personal Space for users to use to their specific needs. Thus, whenever a user clicks on a name, we want them to be always presented with a standardized set of information about the user. Currently, when users click on a name, sometimes they get to the Personal Space (if it exists), sometimes to the user profile (when Personal Space does not exist) - that tends to be very confusing.
    2. Are content in *Status Updates* maintained in the user-profile included in Search? If they are, how are they presented in the Search Results? Again, in a large organization, this facility can become very useful when somebody is looking for people who may have worked on certain areas, or have specific knowledge. Status Updates by people may generate such information in-the-flow of everyday business. But its power would be evident if it show up in Search Results. Otherwise, Status Update would onlyl be useful in small group settings, to communicate within the group.

    Help on the above is much appreciated.

  4. How does one use keyword search on user profiles? While, I see that filter-options for Search inlcudes "profile" type, I am not sure if it works. I searched for something that I thought would  be unique in my profile, and it did not come up.

    I am also not sure what content from profile is searchable - updates? activities? - please advise.

    1. Hi Subhash,

      How does one use keyword search on user profiles? While, I see that filter-options for Search inlcudes "profile" type, I am not sure if it works. I searched for something that I thought would be unique in my profile, and it did not come up.

      I am also not sure what content from profile is searchable - updates? activities? - please advise.

      As far as I know, the profile option will return a user name which is specific in the search box. When you click on the search result it will direct you to the user personal space.

      Hope that helps,
      Best rgds

      1. Anonymous

        I also have a question similar to Subhash. I want to know if it is possible to find users about the search if i only enter their position ( e.g. CEO)  or location (e.g. New York). The reason why im asking is that in my confluence installation when i search for example after my position or firm or even location, the search result is emty.

        I already red trough the documentation but i found nothing about this topic.

        thx a lot

  5. Hi,
    Is it possible to extend user profile with some plugins?
    For an example I want to user profiles display some additional info (from other resources).

    1. hi shrike,

      to your topic, but can´t give you a review about the mod or plugin

      also i think i red something about adaptavist community bubbles that it also have such features, but im not sure


  6. Anonymous

    Why the heck one only can define Position, Department, Location but not the company name?? Ever thought of having users from different companies? Or do I miss something here? Thanks.

    1. Hi,

      We do have a User Information Plugin contributed by our user, but unfortunately it does not support Confluence 3.0 and above yet. You might want to bring this issue up at to make it compatible with Confluence 3.0 & above. Please share your comment over there so that the developers are aware of your needs.

      Meanwhile, we do have a feature request on this:

      Please feel free to cast your vote, share your comment over there, and add yourself as a watcher for future update. Please also take note on how we implement new features and improvements.


  7. I don't want to display other fields other than full name and e-mail. Which template should I edit? I tried confluence\users\viewuserprofile.vm, no luck.

    Found it: confluence\decorators\profile.vmd.

  8. Is there a way to eliminate profile pictures for certain confluence user groups? We use confluence as a customer-facing knowledge base, and I don't want customers to see employee photos or the "?" that comes up when they don't have a photo.



  9. It's possible to access a users email through

    Is it possible to access a users phone number through something similar?  Say



    1. I suggest asking this question over at the CustomWare GetSatisfaction site, as report-info comes from the Reporting plugin that they produce. You may get a helpful response more quickly over there.


  10. Hi,

    There seems to be a lack of information about the status updates content item in this guide. This page contains the briefest of mentions, and there seems to be nothing at all in the Creating Content section.

    It would be helpful to have an idea about what content a status update can contain, over and above plain text, e.g. links, mentions.

    As this is an artefact which belongs to the user, not a space, status updates are naturally "public" content items. In certain contexts (e.g. customer portal) this could cause a problem, hence an explanation of the pro's & con's would be useful.



  11. Anonymous

    I am creating a custom dashboard. What is the syntax for linking to the logged-in user's profile for adding a picture? IE the link on the default dashboard.action page:


    1. KY

      I think that's the correct link. I use such link on my dashboard too.


  12. Where do we go to set global permissions for profile pictures for anonymous users in Confluence latest?