Confluence 7.4 beta release notes

Atlassian presents Confluence 7.4.0-rc1. This is a snapshot of our work in progress, primarily focused on providing app developers an opportunity to test their apps and make any required changes in advance of an official release.

Confluence 7.4.0-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 7.4.0-rc1

Released 15 April 2020

No significant changes in this release candidate. 

Highlights of 7.4.0-beta1

Released 9 April 2020

About this Enterprise release

Confluence 7.4 is an Enterprise release. This means we'll provide bug fix releases until 7.4 reaches end of life, to address critical security, stability, data integrity, and performance issues.

This release won't contain new features. Instead, we’ve focused on fixing bugs, and hardening existing features. 

Upgrade notes

Inspect permissions with external directories

We've improved how the People who can view and Inspect Permissions features work with complex external directory scenarios. The following scenarios are fully supported:

  • Nested groups 
  • Non-aggregating group membership
  • Disabled directories
  • Disabled user accounts in one, but not all, directories
  • Groups names that contain upper-case characters

Note: when you inspect permissions for a specific group, we only report the permissions granted directly to that group. We'll warn you if the group is nested, but won't show permissions granted to any parent groups (you'll have to inspect these separately). This limitation only applies when you inspect permissions for a group. When you inspect permissions for a user, we display permissions granted by all groups, including parent groups.

Custom plugins and integrations

If you're upgrading from Confluence 6.x and you've built your own plugins and integrations, be aware that Confluence 7.0 contained significant changes that might affect your plugins. 

We recommend you review the following developer resources, and test your custom plugins thoroughly before upgrading to Confluence 7.4 in production. 

Supported platforms changes

End of support for several databases 

As previously announced, the following databases are no longer supported:

  • PostgreSQL 9.4
  • MySQL 5.6 
  • Oracle 12c R1
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Advance Notice: End of support for Internet Explorer 11

To allow us to continue to take advantage of modern web standards to deliver improved functionality and the best possible user experience across all of our products, we have decided to end support for Internet Explorer 11. 

Confluence 7.4.x (Enterprise Release) will be the last release to support Internet Explorer 11. 

Advance Notice: End of support for several databases 

Confluence 7.4.x (Enterprise release) will be the last release to support the following databases:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • PostgreSQL 9.5

For more information on all of these notices, see End of Support Announcements for Confluence


Infrastructure changes

Confluence 7.4 contains changes that may affect apps. Head to Preparing for Confluence 7.4 to find out how these changes will impact app developers. 

Last modified on Apr 14, 2020

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