Confluence 7.9 Release Notes



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

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Keep on top of bug fixes with rolling upgrades


Keeping your site up to date is essential, but we know the downtime required to upgrade means some of you can only upgrade about once a year, which limits your access to important bug and security fixes.

Upgrade without downtime

If you run Confluence in a cluster, you can now perform a rolling upgrade to a compatible version, with no downtime. That's right, no downtime.

So how does it work?  First, you put your site into upgrade mode (1), and then upgrade each node in turn. The way you upgrade each node depends on your deployment. 

The cluster overview (2) lets you see exactly what's happening in your cluster during the upgrade. Once all nodes are running the new version, you can finalise the upgrade (3).

Because you only need to take one node down at a time, your users can continue to create content, blissfully unaware that an upgrade is happening in the background. Your load balancer seamlessly distributes traffic to active nodes.

Deployment support and automation opportunities

It doesn't matter whether you're running Confluence on your own servers, or in AWS or Azure, you can upgrade with no downtime. 

Keen to automate part of the process? Use the REST API to turn on upgrade mode, get the status of a node or cluster, and finalise the upgrade. 

Compatible versions

At the moment, rolling upgrades are available for bug fix releases only (Confluence versions with the same build number).  For example, you can perform a rolling upgrade from Confluence 7.9.0 to 7.9.2,  but not from Confluence 7.9.2 to 7.10.0. Rolling upgrades will be particularly useful for future long term support releases, which get regular security and bug fixes for two years. 

Learn more about rolling upgrades

Step up your security with personal access tokens 


The Confluence REST API provides endless opportunities for automation and integration with other systems. For extra peace of mind, you can now create personal access tokens, which are a safe alternative to using a username and password for authentication.

Create and revoke tokens 

Head to your profile, and choose Settings > Personal Access Tokens to create a token.  You can create as many different tokens as you need, and set different expiry dates for each. 

If a user's account is disabled or deleted, their token will no longer work. 

Administer tokens 

Administrators can use system properties to limit the number of tokens people can create, and set expiry rules.

If you have Confluence Data Center, system administrators can also see all tokens, and revoke them at any time.  

Learn more about personal access tokens

Big office files? No problem


Working with big, complex Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files is sometimes unavoidable, but they shouldn't get in your way. Now when you land on a page with an Office Word, Excel, or Powerpoint macro, we'll load all the other page content first, then let your Office documents load in their own time.

Additionally, if you're using Confluence Data Center and we can't display a file in a reasonable amount of time, we'll give you the option to download it instead.

Performance improvements for massive sites


Areas that rely on the search index, like search and the dashboard, now load faster in big, busy sites. We've also seen a reduction in CPU usage, which helps keep Confluence stable. 

Most of the changes are under the hood, but there is an upgrade task to migrate your existing index. Check out the upgrade notes for more details on what to expect. 

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 7.9 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 6.13 LTS.

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Last modified on Dec 9, 2020

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