Confluence 7.17 Release Notes



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

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Make your integrations more secure with OAuth 2.0


You can now configure Confluence as an OAuth 2.0 client and provider, allowing it to exchange data with external applications in both directions – either by giving external applications access to Confluence data or letting Confluence request data from these applications. Thanks to this, you can make your current integrations more secure and reliable. OAuth 2.0 also paves the way for popular 3rd party apps to create their own connectors to be used specifically with Confluence.

To make it simple and to keep your integrations in one place, we’ve merged the OAuth 2.0 functionality into application links. We’ve also used this opportunity to improve the application links themselves. You can use them to manage your integrations with other Atlassian products or external applications, using either OAuth 1.0 or OAuth 2.0.

Learn more about using application links

Keep your site running like clockwork


Keeping a big, busy site running smoothly requires a well-thought-out monitoring strategy. Many of you already use JMX to monitor things such as memory usage and CPU utilization. Now you can turn on application monitoring to get an even more granular view from the new app-specific metrics.

A new monitoring screen allows you to turn JMX and app monitoring on or off as needed. 

Learn how to monitor application performance

Diagnose performance problems

Investigating the cause of a performance problem can be tricky, especially if you have many Marketplace or custom-built apps. It can be hard to know if the problem is the application, an installed app, or a misconfigured integration.

App-specific metrics include the plugin key to give you a clearer picture of exactly what your apps are doing. This helps you rule out or pinpoint the source of a problem faster. 

Spot issues before they happen

One of the biggest benefits of investing in monitoring is the ability to be alerted about potential problems before they happen. We know from our own monitoring of huge Confluence sites that identifying problems early is essential to maintaining uptime and a good user experience.

Some of the things you can now monitor include how long it's taking to render web resources, perform AO operations, do garbage collection, and more.

See the full list of app metrics and suggested alerts 

Performance monitoring dashboards to get you started

If you don't currently have any monitoring, now is a great time to consider it. We've created some Grafana templates that you can use out-of-the box or as a jumping-off point to build your own dashboards.

Grafana dashboards to get you started with monitoring

Learn how to monitor Confluence with Prometheus and Grafana

Encrypt your database password for greater security


You can now encrypt the database password stored in the confluence.cfg.xml file (JDBC connections only). We provide two encryption methods (a Base64 cipher and an Algorithm cipher), and the ability for you to create your own cipher.

Learn how to encrypt your database password

Updated VPAT documents for accessibility improvements


Continuing our investment in accessibility, we’ve refreshed the VPAT documents for our products to reflect recent improvements aligned with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Level AA.

Take a look at our VPAT documents for WCAG 2.1 and Section 508.

What else is new? 

  • Added support for PostgreSQL 12, 13, and 14
  • You can now disable individual health checks in Troubleshooting and Support Tools. This is useful if you want to skip particular checks. 

Resolved issues

For full details of bugs fixed and suggestions resolved, head to Jira.

Get ready to upgrade

Before you upgrade, check out the Confluence 7.17 Upgrade Notes for important changes in this release, then follow the usual upgrade instructions to upgrade your site.

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Been a while since your last upgrade? Check out our upgrade matrix for a bird's-eye view of the most important changes since Confluence 7.4 LTS.

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Last modified on Mar 22, 2022

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