Managing Add-ons or Plugins

An add-on is a separately installed component that provides Confluence functionality. The terms 'plugin' and 'add-on' are often used interchangeably. 

There are two main types of add-ons:

  • System add-ons - these are bundled with Confluence and provide core functionality 
  • User installed add-ons - these are usually downloaded from The Marketplace and may have been created by Atlassian or by a third party developer. 

 For information about developing your own add-ons for Confluence, see the Confluence Developer documentation.

About the Universal Plugin Manager

Add-ons are managed via the Universal Plugin Manager (known as the UPM).  The UPM can be found in most Atlassian applications, and provides a consistent experience for administering add-ons. To visit the UPM, go to  > Add-ons in the Confluence header.

The UPM  allows you to:

  • Discover and install new add-ons from the Atlassian Marketplace.
  • Install or remove add-ons.
  • Configure add-on settings.
  • Enable or disable add-ons and their component modules.
  • Confirm add-on compatibility before upgrading Confluence. 

You'll need Confluence Administrator permissions to access the UPM.See Request Add-ons for information on how users can find and request add-ons. 

See the Universal Plugin Manager documentation for more information on using the UPM. 

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    Matt Doar [ServiceRocket]

    So, are "add-on" and "plugin" really now interchangeable? I know that's how they are used!

    06 May 2015
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