Confluence 6.3.0 beta Release Notes


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3 July 2017

Atlassian presents Confluence 6.3.0-rc1. This is a snapshot of our work in progress, primarily focused on providing add-on developers an opportunity to test their add-ons and make any required changes in advance of an official release.

Confluence 6.3.0-rc1 is available to download now.

Development releases are not production ready. Development releases are snapshots of the ongoing Confluence development process. While we try to keep these releases stable, they have not undergone the same degree of testing as a full release, and could contain features that are incomplete or may change or be removed before the next full release.

No upgrade path. Because development releases represent work in progress, we cannot provide a supported upgrade path between development releases, or from any development release to a final release. You may not be able to migrate any data you store in a Confluence development release to a future Confluence release.

Atlassian does not provide support for development releases.



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Highlights of 6.3.0-rc1

Released 3 July

New in this release candidate:

  • Added three new languages - Estonian, Icelandic, and Slovenian

Highlights of 6.3.0-beta3

Released 26 June

New in this beta release:

  • Improved translations for several languages
  • Bug fixes and other improvements

Highlights of 6.3.0-beta2 

Released 19 June

In this release we've focused on fixing some pain points that may have been affecting your site. Here's a couple of highlights.

Image rotation improvements

Confluence now respects the Exif orientation information from your camera or phone, which means your photo will land right side up on your page more often. 

Attachment indexing improvements

When a file is uploaded in Confluence, its text is extracted and indexed. This allows people to search for the content of a file, not just the filename. This is a pretty memory hungry process, and has caused out of memory errors for some customers. 

This release has some big improvements to the safeguards that prevent out of memory errors in your site. Here's the basics:  

  • If the uploaded file is larger than 100 MB, Confluence will not attempt to extract text or index the file contents. Only the filename will be searchable.
  • If the uploaded file is one of the following types, Confluence will only extract up to:
    • 1 MB of text from Excel (.xlsx) or Powerpoint (.pptx)
    • 8 MB of text from PDF (.pdf)
    • 10 MB of text from other text files (including .txt, .xml, .html, .rtf etc)
    • 16 MB of text from Word (.docx)
  • If the text extracted from the file was greater than 1 MB, it will be searchable, but Confluence will not show this text as an excerpt with the search result.

Some of these values are configurable via system properties.

As we think this will have a massive impact for many customers, this is already available in Confluence 6.2.2. 

Maximum editors limit

To prevent potential performance issues, the maximum number of people who can edit a page simultaneously is now limited to 12. This means that people can't enter the editor if there are already 12 other people editing the page, and will need to wait until someone leaves. 

Access your recent work from the profile menu

You can now access your recently worked on items from the profile menu, as well as the dashboard. We think this will be particularly useful in sites that set a page as the homepage, instead of the dashboard. 

Supported platforms changes

There are a bunch of supported platform changes in this release, so be sure to check your operating system and database is still supported. 

  • We don't support running Confluence 6.3 or later on Solaris operating systems. 
  • We've added support for PostgreSQL 9.6 in this release. 

We know many of you are keen to start using MySQL 5.7.  Hang in there, it has some significant changes and we're still working to make sure Confluence is compatible.  


Infrastructure changes

Head to Preparing for Confluence 6.3 to find out about changes that will impact add-on developers. 

Known issues

Confluence 6.3.0-beta2 has the following known issues:

Last modified on Jul 3, 2017

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