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. 

Disable and uninstall add-ons

You can disable or unsubscribe from user installed add-ons that are no longer being used on your site. See Disabling and enabling add-ons to find out how to do this.

Once the add-on is disabled, its features are immediately unavailable. If the add-on included macros, pages that contained those macros will show an 'unknown macro' error. To avoid this, you can check which macros are being used on your site before disabling an add-on by checking the macro usage statistics.

Go to  > General Configuration > Macro Usage.


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