Confluence 4.1 Release Notes

13 December 2011

With great pleasure, Atlassian presents Confluence 4.1. With numerous improvements for content presentation, it delivers the extraordinary new Autoconvert feature, along with attractive new image effects, find and replace, new icons, improved translation features and global PDF stylesheets.


Highlights of Confluence 4.1:


 Thank you for your feedback:

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OnDemand Customers

Confluence OnDemand customers will be automatically upgraded to Confluence 4.1 in the next scheduled maintenance window.

Highlights of Confluence 4.1


When you paste URLs into Confluence, Autoconvert will now analyze what you are pasting and automatically convert it into something that will display well in Confluence. Examples include YouTube videos, JIRA issue queries and Google Maps; many other content types are supported.


YouTube URLs

Create the widget below with Autoconvert, simply by pasting the YouTube URL onto the page.

Paste this:

To get this:


JIRA Issues URLs

Create the JIRA list below  with Autoconvert, simply by pasting the JIRA query URL onto the page.

Paste this:

To get this:

Key Summary Due


Google Maps URLs

Create the Google Maps Widget below with Autoconvert, simply by pasting the Google Maps URL onto the page.

Paste this:

To get this:


Other supported content types:

  • Confluence page, blog, comment, status, user links, 
  • Shared screenshot links from Skitch,
  • Google search results links,
  • Confluence shortcut links: when pasting these, just the name of the link content (minus the URL prefix) will be used as the link display name.




Image effects

Enhance the presentation of your images and screenshots with slick new border effects.

Click Effects to apply taped style, instant camera style, drop shadow style, captions and more.

See the documentation for more details.



Quick find and replace

Updating your wiki content is now easier with the new find and replace feature. Using familiar conventions, automatically find and replace specific text strings within your Confluence page or blog. It's also accessible with a keyboard shortcut Ctrl-F (Windows) or Cmd-F (Mac OS).

See the documentation for more details.



Follow Your Network On the Dashboard

See recent updates from just the people you follow in Confluence, with the new network tab on the Confluence dashboard. With this, following a few people in different parts of your company to make a quick filter of the main events happening outside your immediate team. 



Space attachments macro

The new Space Attachments macro allows you to show all the attachments in the current space on your page. You can even filter them by file extension. Previously, you've only been able to show the attachments on the current page, using the Attachments macro.

Simply type {space-attachments} into a page to use it.


Global PDF stylesheets

Set your custom PDF stylesheets at the global level, as with custom layouts. When there is no specific individual space stylesheet defined, PDF space exports will fall back to this global stylesheet. This means that users won't have to re-apply the same stylesheet to all their individual spaces. This is an efficient way of achieving one look and feel.

See the documentation for more details.



Use any character in page titles

Confluence now allows "special" characters in your page titles, such as semicolons and exclamation marks. This allows more descriptive page names and generally removes restrictions when creating page titles and naming your content.


New translation feature

For those customers working on creating translations of the Confluence user interface, the 4.1 release has a new feature that will help. After opening the Confluence dashboard, you can simply add this text to the end of your Confluence URL, like so:  


Then press Enter.

This will then cause each element of the user interface to display its special key name while Confluence is still in an interactive mode. This makes it easier to find the essential context for each key, which can then be searched on where you can enter an appropriate translation for your custom language pack.

The key names are displayed with a "lightning bolt" graphic between elements of the names. For example, the buttons will show up with elements shown like so:

For the Browse menu, you can find its associated key on  When you use this new translation feature, you can see the full context of the user interface elements. By understanding where a feature appears on the interface, for example the Browse menu, you can write a more meaningful translation for your users.

To turn off the translation view, use this:



Other improvements

As always, we have made various small improvements to Confluence.

General improvements

  • Favorites have been refined
     You'll now see a newly named and cleaner Favorites tab in your personal space. Additionally, the list of favorites is now paginated and you can click the stars to remove favorites.
  • Global plugin & macro timeout setting
    There is now a globally configurable timeout setting. This will stop pages going into a permanent loading state. In the past, this could lead to instability issues.
  • New JSON RPC
    Confluence now has a JSON RPC library. This offers a way for Javascript developers to more easily access the Confluence API. For more details, see the documentation.

Editor improvements

  • Copy and paste table improvements
    You can now copy and paste multiple table rows and entire tables. There are also new keyboard shortcuts. You can now use Alt+Up Arrow or Alt+Down Arrow to add a row above or below the current row.
  • Copy and paste list improvements
    If you copy and paste list items from one list to another, the list content will now be joined together as expected. 

New icons

  • Based on customer feedback, this version of Confluence has a number of redesigned interface and installer icons. These new designs add more of a contemporary look and feel and are aimed at improving icon consistency and ease of use in Confluence.

    General Confluence Icon

    Installer icons

    User Interface icons




Helping you transition to the Confluence 4.x generation

We've created a set of resources to help you manage the transition to Confluence 4.x. The change management resources are listed under the current documentation.

Note: The Wiki Markup editor has been removed in Confluence 4.x and replaced with a new XHTML-based editor. Please see  Why We Removed the Wiki Markup Editor in Confluence 4.0 for full details


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Release notices

Upgrading from a previous version of Confluence

We strongly recommend that you back up your Confluence Home directory and your database before upgrading. Follow the normal upgrade instructions to upgrade your test instance to this release. 

When upgrading from a previous version of Confluence, if you have customized your cache settings (as documented in Cache Performance Tuning) then you may run into memory problems during the wiki to XHTML migration. We are working to fix this in a later release, but in the meantime you can revert your ehcache.xml to the default version.

Removed functionality

Features removed from Confluence
  • Mail archiving
    This feature is being disabled by default in Confluence 4.1. However, it is still bundled as the Confluence Mail Archiving plugin, and easy to restore. Current users of the feature will not suffer any interruption, as the feature will be automatically kept in an operational state if you are using it. See details.
  • The SVG graphics library Batik 
    Any plugins that previously relied on the Batik package being provided by Confluence will now have to bundle their own version of Batik into their plugin. See details.

A big thank you to everyone who helps us ensure that Confluence keeps getting better and better!

The Confluence 4.1 team


Ryan Ackley
Nabeelah Ali
Richard Atkins
Niraj Bhawnani
Joseph Clark
Paul Curren
Lachlan Dally
Chris Darroch
Anna Dominguez
Matthew Erickson
Steven Haffenden
Chris Kiehl
Fabien Kraemer
Daniel Kjellin
Steve Lancashire
David Loeng
Brian Nguyen
Craig Petchell
Agnes Ro
Matt Ryall
Stefan Saasen
Sam Tardif
David Taylor
Ryan Thomas
Wesley Walser
Don Willis
Joe Xie

Charles Miller

Build and release engineering
Adrián Deccico

Plugin updates
David Chui
Philip Cher
Kai Fung Chong


Product management
Bill Arconati
John Masson

Product marketing management
Ryan Anderson
Terrence Caldwell
Matthew Hodges

Development manager
Jonathan Gilbert

Cross Team

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Quality assurance 
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Mark Hrynczak
Glenn Martin

Technical writing 
Edwin Dawson


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Rick Bal
David Chan
Robert Chang
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Integration management
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Integration development
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