Confluence 5.9 Release Notes

24 November 2015
We're pleased to present Confluence 5.9

Read the upgrade notes for important info about this release and see the full list of issues resolved.

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Simplify your (work) life

Less time spent trying to find that page you worked on yesterday, means more time spent getting stuff done (and hopefully an early finish!). Confluence 5.9 focuses on helping you get where you need to go, and do what you need to do.

Whether it's finding pages you recently viewed or worked on with the new dashboard, creating a new page with one click, or smoothly going from viewing a page to editing it without losing your place, we've made a bunch of changes aimed at making your Confluence experience a whole lot simpler.

It's the dashboard, but not as you know it

Confluence 5.9 sports a brand new dashboard, with a collapsible sidebar that makes getting around a breeze. 


Just like in the old dashboard, you can watch the action unfold in real time with All updates, or check out the pages with lots of activity and buzz in the Popular feed. 

Get back to your work, fast

Here's where the new dashboard really comes into its own. Get lightning fast access to your recently created and edited pages in Recently worked on, get back to that page you stumbled across yesterday in Recently viewed, and have your most important pages on speed dial under Favorites.

Useful spaces at your fingertips

Last but not least, we've made a place for those spaces that you hop in and out of several times a day. Hit the star icon in a space's sidebar or in the space directory to make it appear under My spaces in the sidebar.  

Welcome people to your site with custom content

Give your site some personality by adding useful announcements, links or a happy, shiny photo from your last team outing. The whole right hand column is ready and waiting for you to customize. If you're a Confluence administrator you'll be able to edit the content right from the dashboard. 

Not seeing the new dashboard?

Your site might be using a page as the site homepage or you may have set your own personal homepage.

 All is not lost, you can still check out the new dashboard:

  • Head to Profile > Settings > Edit and choose Dashboard as your homepage. This will set the dashboard as your personal homepage (you can always change it back later).

  • If you're an administrator, head to Administration  > General Configuration > Further Configuration and set the dashboard as the default homepage for the whole site, sit back and accept all those high fives from your team.

Edit a page, without losing your place

No more having to spot the same typo twice! Confluence will now keep you in the same spot when you move between viewing and editing a page (sometimes referred to as 'in-place' editing). Also, to make sure the tools you need are always at your fingertips, the page data (breadcrumbs, restrictions, and attachments) and tools now appear as soon as you start to scroll up, meaning no scrolling all the way to the top of the page.

Less scroll, more win.

Note: As we've officially deprecated the documentation theme, this feature only works in the default theme.

Search smarter, with new filters

In Confluence 5.8 we brought you CQL (Confluence  Query Language), and used it to power the Content by Label and Page Properties Report macros. Confluence 5.9 brings that CQL goodness to search.

When you do a full search, you can now add powerful filters – like label(s), mentioning user, with parent – to really refine your search. Just search, hit Add a filter and add as many filters as you need to, to get the right results.

Need to:

  • Find a page with particular labels?
  • Search in multiple spaces?

Now, you can.

One-click create for blank pages

We love our Confluence templates, and think they're really handy, but we also know that many pages start out blank. To save you time when creating blank pages, we're taking the process from 3 steps down to 1 with our new 'quick create' option. Instead of a single create button in the header, you'll now see two options: Create (blank page) and Create from template.

Page templates and other content types are still easy to get to – just choose the Create from template  option in the header.

A better way to restrict pages

We've made it easier to restrict who can edit and view your pages in Confluence.

The new padlock icon    at the top of the page gets you straight into the restrictions dialog (you can still get there using  > Restrictions, but why click twice?).

There's three options:

  • No restrictions - keep the page open to everyone (hint: use this for a quick way to remove existing restrictions). 
  • Editing restricted - limit who can edit a page, but keep it open for everyone to view.
  • Viewing and editing restricted - set exactly who can view, and who can edit. It's is the most flexible option. 

Here's how it looks:

The padlock icon at the top of the page changes when a page is restricted   , or when it's inheriting view restrictions from another page   . We'll also give you a warning in the restrictions dialog when your page is affected by restrictions on other pages.

Get new Confluencers up and running, quickly

When a new user logs in for the first time, we'll give them the opportunity to watch a short video introducing them to Confluence and upload their smiliest (or most professional) profile pic. They also get the chance to watch some popular spaces, or search for and watch specific spaces.

Seeing what Confluence is all about and getting the chance to watch spaces means new users hit the ground running. They should be more comfortable with Confluence from the first time they log in, and better equipped to quickly start working and collaborating.

So, before your new starters log in to Confluence:

  1. Give them a list of spaces to watch
  2. Wait
  3. Profit!

Note: Space search will only appear when you have more than 10 spaces.

Easier page and post favoriting

Marking a page or blog post as a favorite makes it easy to get back to, especially with favorites right there on the new dashboard. You might favorite pages and posts you really like, or just the ones you need to visit regularly. We've moved the Favorite option out of the   menu and into the main page tools section, so it's even easier to mark something as a favorite.


Performance – check out those gains!

Confluence has been hitting the gym, flexing those performance muscles and getting as lean and ripped as possible. We've made some big changes, like reducing the amount of javascript and CSS in our diet and working on those fast-twitch fibers with quicker response times.

Confluence 5.9 is 25% faster than 5.7

But seriously, we've been putting a great deal of effort into performance, and Confluence 5.9 shows the progress we've made. The fastest quarter of view-page requests are now 20% faster than they were in Confluence 5.8, and the slowest 5% of requests are twice as fast as they were in Confluence 5.7.

Response times are based on sequential requests on a standalone server. Your results may vary depending on your hardware and usage.


Data Center – simpler, more choice, and even more available

Single download

To make things simpler for those of you upgrading to Confluence Data Center, we've dispensed with the separate downloads and now offer a single download for either Confluence Server or Data Center. Your Confluence variety is now determined by the license key you enter when you're installing or upgrading Confluence.

TCP/IP node discovery

We've also introduced support for TCP/IP addresses when configuring your cluster nodes, so there's no longer a requirement to have a multicast address. Host Data Center yourself, or run it on Amazon Web Services (AWS)!

Disaster recovery

Disaster recovery is something a lot of us don't want to think about, but definitely should. Confluence Data Center 5.9 writes search index snapshots to the shared home directory, which means it's easier to implement a disaster recovery strategy, and you may be able to complete your disaster recovery process more quickly.

It's worth noting that you'll need roughly twice the disk space for your search index to allow for these snapshots.


Knowledge for all, including your service desk customers

If you use JIRA Service Desk, you can now allow all active users and customers to view knowledge base articles in Confluence without granting them a Confluence license or enabling anonymous access to your site. You enable this new setting via JIRA Service Desk, but you can turn it off in Confluence at any time (globally or for specific spaces).

In most cases, these unlicensed users will view pages through the JIRA Service Desk customer portal or help center; however, they can also follow a link to a Confluence page and then navigate to other pages in the same space.

Unlicensed users don't have permission to:

  • Like, comment or edit content
  • See the dashboard, user profiles, the people directory, or the space directory
  • Search all of Confluence

Allowing all active users and customers to view a space with the new JIRA Service Desk setting overrides all other space permissions. Due to the way Confluence inherits permissions, this means that any logged in Confluence user will also be able to see the space, regardless of their group membership.

Currently, this is only available if you integrate Confluence 5.9 with JIRA Service Desk Cloud. Keep an eye on the JIRA Service Desk release notes to find out when it's available for JIRA Service Desk Server.


Details, details, details...

Sometimes little things that make a world of difference. Here are a few of the other changes we've made in Confluence 5.9, all aimed at saving you and your team time and giving you the control you need to achieve great things in Confluence.

Say goodbye to unknown attachment fails

When you copy content from the editor and paste it into another page we'll re-attach any images for you, automatically. You'll be seeing a lot less of the dreaded "unknown attachment" error.

To notify, or not to notify

The Notify watchers checkbox now remembers your choice on a per-page basis. So if you've chosen not to notify watchers on a particular page, it'll be unchecked next time you edit that page again.

Inline comments improvements

Inline comments will now work when you highlight text in some macros. We've also made it a smoother experience when you can't inline comment, by adding your comment as a page comment.

More control over page excerpts

The Children Display and Content by Label macros both have an option to show a small excerpt of the content of the page in the list. In this release we've made those excerpts much more awesome. 

You can now choose between:

  • Simple excerpt – This is the current excerpt, that shows a single line of text from the Excerpt macro on each page. If there's no Excerpt macro, this option will show nothing. 
  • Rich content – This option shows formatted text, images and even some macros. If there's an excerpt macro on the page, it'll use the contents of that macro, or if there's no Excerpt macro it'll use whatever's at the top of the page. 

Give it a try – add a Children Display or Content by Label macro to your page, and turn on the rich content excerpt.

Infrastructure changes and a whole lot more

We've made some pretty significant changes in this version of Confluence, including:

  • Upgrading to:
    • Atlassian Plugins version 4
    • Soy 3.x
    • Atlassian REST 3
    • Applinks 5
    • Trusted Apps 4
    • SAL 3
  • Deprecating:
    • The Status Updates feature
    • Confluence-provided javascript globals

Check out the preparing for Confluence 5.9 page for more information on these changes and more.


Issues resolved in Confluence 5.9

For full details of bugs fixed and suggestions resolved, visit our public JIRA instance.

Suggestions we've implemented

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Bugs fixed

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Upgrade Confluence

Follow the usual upgrade instructions to upgrade your test site to this release.



Our wonderful customers - we (heart) you guys!

You play an important role in making Confluence better. Thanks to everyone who participated in interviews with us, made suggestions, voted, and reported bugs!


Tell us what you think

We love hearing from you, so we've added a question over at Answers for you to tell us how you're enjoying Confluence 5.9.

The Confluence 5.9 team

Say hi to the team!

Aaron Gentleman
Alex Yakovlev
Alice Wang
An Nguyen
Ángel Eduardo García Hernández
Blake Riosa
Brendan McNamara
Clinton Volzke
Christian Iacullo
Dat Tran
Dave Loeng
David Ma
David Richard
David Rizzuto
David Taylor
Denise Unterwurzacher
Drew Walker
Duy Quoc Tran
Duy Truong Luong
Edith Tom
Eduardo Garcia
Edwin Young
Elliot Pahl
Frederik Granna
Giang Vo Truong
Graham Gatus
Hao Trung Ho
Hasnae Rehioui
Hoang Nguyen
Hoang Nha
Hoang Phan
Haymo Meran
Hieu Ta
Huy Tuong Nguyen
Ian Grunert
Isabelle Flores
Ivan Loire
Jade Giacoppo
James McArthur
Jane Abernathy
Joe Xie
Jonah Turnquist
Julien Michel Hoarau
Kate West-Walker
Kenny MacLeod
Khanh Ma
Khoa Pham
Klaus Ihlberg
Ky Pham
Lap Tran
Le Ho
Le Tai
Leandro Lemos
Leonardo Borges
Louis Lepper
Maciej Zasada
Maksym Fedoryshyn
Mark Assad
Matthew Erickson
Matthew Jensen
Michael Oates
Minh Tang
Minh Tran 
Mitermayer Reis
Nam Ho Xuan
Nguyen Dang
Nhan Dang
Nhi Nguyen
Nick Clarke
Niraj Bhawnani
Oliver Burn
Olli Nevalainen
Petro Semeniuk
Phong Quoc Le
Phong Hong Nguyen
Platon Serbin
Quan Pham
Quang Ho
Raymond Su
Richard Atkins
Sam Howie
Sam Tardiff
Sami Jaatinen
Sami Peachey
Shaun Esther
Simon Tan
Steven Lancashire
Tam Tran Minh
Ted Piotrowski
Thi Hon
Thinh Quang Hua
Thuan Nguyen
Tin Vuu
Tobias Steiner
Truong Vu
Tue Tri Dang
Tung Thanh Dang
Vito Cassisi
Vu Truong Vo
Xavier Sanchez Taixe
Ziming Wang 


Product management 

Wendell Keuneman
Henk Kleynhans

JK Thng
Sherif Mansour
Spenser Norrish
Matthew Lawrence
Adam Barnes
Simon Tan 

Product marketing management

Spencer Frasher
John Wetenhall
Ryan Anderson
Terrence Caldwell

Development management

Matt Ryall
Ben Mackie
Chris Kiehl
Christine Burwinkle
Ky Pham 
Mat Lawrence
Mark Chaimungkalanont
Vincent Kok 

Design management

Alastair Simpson

Cross-product team


Henry Tapia
Arjan Helmer
Brenda Castro
Igor Micov
Marc Reisen

Simi Shaheed
Tamarah Walsh
Uyen Nguyen
Valter Fatia

Zaki Saleh

Quality assistance

Mark Hrynczak
Sushant Choudhary
Dee Pabst

Glenn Martin
Hai Nguyen
Jonas Soderstrom
Michael Su
Phuc Thi Minh Nguyen
Son Lien Hoang
Tri Nguyen

Technical writing

Rachel Robins
Giles Brunning 



Michael Seager
Lachlan Dally
Dave Norton
James Richards 


Bastiaan Jansen
Miranda Rawson 


Jorge Dias
Rodrigo Adami
Guilherme Viana
Giuliano de Campos
William Zanchet
Eduardo Mallmann
Renato Rudnicki
Luiz Maia
Thiago Zandona
Clarissa Gauterio 


Adam Laskowski
Seiji Morita
Yumi Nakajima 

Kuala Lumpur

Immanuel Siagian
Foogie Sim
Septa Cahyadiputra
Jing Hwa Cheok
Patrice Samuel Rompas
Wayne Wong
Suren Raj
Der Lun Ooi
Kok Yan Yong
Monique Khairuliana 
Saleh Parsa
Lauretha Rura
Mizan Al Sayed 


Rick Bal
Robert Chang
Brian Tom
Ann Worley
Tin Nguyen
Brian Boyle
Stephen Brannen
Michael Duong 

Service enablement

Matthew Saxby

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