Page History and Page Comparison Views

Confluence tracks the history of changes to each page by creating a new version of the page each time it's modified. You can view the changes between different versions, and roll back to a previous version if you need to.

Access the page history

To view the history of a page:

  1. Go to the page and choose > Page History
  2. Choose a version number to view the content of that version

Screenshot: Page history  


View an older version

When you select a previous version of the page, you'll see a header like this at the top of the page:

(info) If you want to send this page version to someone, copy and paste the URL from your browser. The link will look something like this:

When you're viewing a specific version of the page, the following functions are available:



current version

View the latest version of the page.

Compare with Current

Compare the differences between the version of the page you are viewing and the current version.

Restore this Version

Roll back the content of the page to the previous version that you are viewing.

View Page History

Return to the list of page versions.

<< Previous and Next >>

View the previous or next version of the page.

Restore a previous version

  1. Go to the page and choose > Page History
  2. Choose Restore this version beside the version you want to restore (or at the top of the page if you've opened the version)
  3. Change the default change comment if necessary, and choose OK

(info) All page history is retained; restoring an older version creates a copy of that version. For example, if you restore version 39, Confluence will create a copy of version 39 and the copy will become the new, current version.

Delete a specific version

Choose Delete next to a version in the page history, to remove that version.

View the changes made

Using the page history view or the page information view, you can see the recent changes made to a page.

To view recent changes made to a page:

  1. Choose > Page Information
    In the section titled 'Recent Changes' you'll see the most recent versions of the page, along with the date of their modification and the name of the modifying author.
  2. Choose View Changes beside the required version
    The page comparison view is displayed, showing the differences between the selected and previous versions.

Compare two versions

  1. Go to the page and choose > Page History
  2. Choose the versions you want to compare by selecting the check boxes beside them
  3. Choose Compare selected versions

You'll see the page comparison view showing the differences between the selected versions. Changes are highlighted as follows:

Highlighted colour



Added content


Deleted content


Changed formatting

Screenshot: Comparing changes

More about the comparison view

When you view a page comparison, all large sections of unchanged text are hidden and reduced to an ellipsis (. . .).

You can view page changes between versions which are adjacent to your current page comparison view. Click the link containing:

  • << to view the page comparison with the earlier adjacent version
  • >> to view the page comparison with the more recent adjacent version

For example, if your page comparison view is between v. 30 and v. 34 of a page, you can view changes between:

  • v. 29 and v. 30 by clicking << Changes from 29 to 30
  • v. 34 and v. 35 by clicking Changes from 34 to 35 >>

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34 Archived comments

  1. User avatar

    Sriram Narayan

    If someone deletes a page, is there an audit trail? I was expecting something like a space history which will capture which page was deleted, when and by whom?

    20 Mar 2006
  2. User avatar

    Brian Knorr

    When I add or remove a comment on a page why doesn't this get versioned? We would really like to have this this possible with Confluence?

    06 Apr 2006
  3. User avatar

    Sunny Lim

    Besides deleting a page, what about moving a page from one space to another space as well as renaming the page.

    29 Oct 2009
  4. User avatar

    Amit Kumar


    Is it possible to delete the old versions of the page? While working on wiki pages, we create many versions of a page and later only latest 10 versions makes sense to have. In this case is it possible to delete all old versions of a page.


    27 Nov 2009
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      I would also be interested in deleting some page history of a page. There are time when information is entered and then deleted that should not remain in the audit trail due to confidentiality issues.

      Apparently this has been discussed for six years here:

      25 Jan 2010
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        Gerhard Müller, TNG Technology Consulting

        We have written a plugin for our internal usage. Perhaps we could arrange something? The plugin needs some polising, though.
        Write to Gerhard dot Mueller at tngtech dot com (wink)

        25 Jan 2010
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          Paulina Riera

          I'm wondering how your plugin works and what, if any, issues you have had with it.


          31 Mar 2010
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      Yes, I would like to delete history sometimes too due to confidentiality. You can delete and recreate the page but then you have to re attach graphics, etc.

      01 Mar 2010
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        Oh, but I think it DOES work to make a copy of the page, delete the old page, and then replace it with the copy. That brings attachments along.

        01 Mar 2010
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          Klaus Feldmann

          well…the copied page does still contain all original content, but using this procedure could mess up links.

          There is no doubt that a function to delete former versions is more convenient and secure than any other workaround.

          On the other hand Confluence as an system used to keep track of the communication that took place, such a function must be restricted to be used only by space administrators.

          15 Jun 2010
  5. User avatar

    Bala Shanka

    Is it possible to retain the Author and history of the page, if we want to copy the page to a different space? There is too much information in one space, so we want to move few pages to a seperate space, but maintain the author and history information.

    10 May 2010
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    Hello, Is is possible to have versions 1.00.001 and  1.00.002 instead of 1 and 2 ?



    24 Mar 2011
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    When i am doing comparison of version and i am not able to see the changes and getting the followiinf error-

     Changes ($action.diffResult.numChanges)


    Can you please help me in this issue?


    Saurabh Malik

    28 Mar 2011
  8. User avatar

    Artur Assor

    Interactive views

    When a page comparison view is first displayed, all large sections of unchanged text are hidden and reduced to an ellipsis . . ..

    Is there a way to see the whole page with a diff - so that unchanged text is not hidden? sometime it's way too complicated to understand the changes without seeing the whole context. and if u go to see the context (viewing the last version) u loose the diff... 

    30 Jan 2012
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      We are looking for the same feature :-/

      14 May 2013
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    We use Confluence for documentation and some of our pages are quite long (about 200 pages if exported to PDF). With increasing size it gets really cumbersome to manuall scroll and find changes. Is there a feature to jump between changes in a convenient way ?

    02 Mar 2012
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    We also use Confluence for documentation, we store Versioninformations automatically in a page. So we have 500 Versions after some weeks for this Page. Is there a way to disable versioning for Pages?




    25 Apr 2012
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    When is confluence going to implement this feature please? It will be VERY useful to have the capability to remove history of a page and I think the capability has been requested for so long by users. (smile)

    30 Apr 2012
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    Tracking of a deleted page issue is here -> everyone go vote this up.

    Removing old version of a page issue is here ->  as of November 22, 2011 Atlassians status is: "Thanks for your suggestions and feedback on this issue. We do agree that the removal of page history would be valuable for users. However, we currently don't have it planned on the Confluence roadmap. We would like to make the removal of a specific page versions part of the core product, hopefully in the next year. We will update this issue when we make progress on it." 

    14 Aug 2012
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    dont think the proposal (or is it a done deal?) for Confluence 5 is going to help all of us that want etter control of history - I for one jusst cannot see anyway to get rid of the myriad of versions our guys are creating (most of which are just old and unwanted)

    25 Feb 2013
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      We would also appreciate such a feature!

      15 May 2013
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    Sylvain Giasson

    Is there a way to configure the colors for the highlighted differences?

    For instance, I would like to change the "added" green for yellow, or at least increase the color intensity to make it more visible...


    30 Aug 2013
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      Sylvain Giasson

      I found it myself:  I edited the file /opt/atlassian/confluence/confluence/styles/diffs-css.vm

      #set($diffAddedBackgroundColor = '#70ff70')
      #set($diffRemovedBackgroundColor = '#ffa1a1')
      #set($diffChangedBackgroundColor = '#91d7ff')

      28 Nov 2013
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    Zuzana Sekerova

    Is there a limit on how many versions can any given page have?

    03 Mar 2014
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      Rachel Robins [Atlassian Tech Writer]

      Hi Zuzana, not that I am aware of. Some of our pages have many hundreds of versions. 

      03 Mar 2014
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        Zuzana Sekerova

        Rachel, Thanks.

        Should I assume that is also true about attachment versions?  Some of our folks are planning on using confluence for things that will have many many many versions and don't want to run into a road block down the road et version 999 or something like that.  it may seem as a high number for versions but in some cases you may get there quicker than you think so I wanted to double check but I couldn't find anything about it.  maybe adding "there is no limit..." or "limit is set to..." to the appropriate documentation for page versions and attachments versions wouldn't hurt?

        03 Mar 2014
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          Rachel Robins [Atlassian Tech Writer]

          I'm not aware of a physical limit to the number of attachments versions either.  This is something that Support would be able to give you some guidance on if you are concerned, based on their experiences working with customers with lots of attachments and many versions. 

          03 Mar 2014
          1. User avatar

            Zuzana Sekerova

            Thanks Rachel.  I created a support ticket.  

            04 Mar 2014
  16. User avatar

    Joseph Bradley

    Is there a way (natively or through a custom plugin) to edit the comment for a previous change?

    24 Jul 2014
    1. User avatar

      Rachel Robins [Atlassian Tech Writer]

      Hi Joseph, sorry I don't know of a way to do this in Confluence (not sure about plugins though). 

      28 Jul 2014
  17. User avatar

    Mateusz Knyc

    I have an issue with exporting given page from REST API.

    When page is updated its id is changed, and then when calling API on page with previous ID I get 404.


    The call to second links work, but for the first one I get:

    "statusCode": 404,"message": "No content found with id: ContentId{id=84083222}"

    Any way to get that content?

    03 Oct 2014
    1. User avatar

      Rachel Robins [Atlassian Tech Writer]

      Hi Mateusz, I don't know the answer to this. You could try asking over at Answers

      10 Oct 2014
      1. User avatar

        Mateusz Knyc

        Thank you Rachel, I didn't know of Answers forum. However there is already the same question with no answer:(

        16 Oct 2014
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