Confluence Spaces are containers for pages and blog posts with related content, and they come in two main varieties:

  • Site spaces – Sometimes called 'global' spaces, these are areas where you can create content and collaborate with other users.
  • Personal spaces – You, and other Confluence users, can set up a personal space. You can keep it private, or open it up for other users to view or edit. Personal spaces are listed in the People Directory.
Create a space any time you need a place to store related content by choosing Spaces > Create space in the Confluence header. Two of the main ways people use Confluence spaces are for teams and/or projects.

Create a space for the Marketing team, Dev team, IT team, HR team, and any team that needs to collaborate on work, and store information and files. If you have projects, big or small, that would benefit from having a place people can work together and store related files, make a space for them too. There's no limit to the number of spaces you can create in Confluence.

What's a space admin?

Every space has at least one space admin – usually the person that created the space – and that person can grant permissions to that space, including granting space admin privileges to others. Space admins don't have to be Confluence admins; they can be a regular Confluence users, and may only have special permissions for a single space. For example, you'll be the space admin for your personal space.

How is content arranged in spaces?

Each space you create, including your personal space, is automatically created with a home page – the first page you'll see when you navigate to the space – which you can edit to suit your needs, and you can create any number of child pages to store the content and information you need. Spaces don't nest – you can't have a space within a space – but pages do, so you can create as many levels of hierarchy as you need using pages.

Each space also has its own blog, allowing you to share news and make announcements. Blog posts are a great way to keep people involved in what's going on in your team or project.

You can set different levels of access for each space using its permissions.

Diagram: Arrangement of spaces, pages, and attachments

View all spaces in Confluence

There are two main ways to view spaces in Confluence:

  • The dashboard – The bottom left of the dashboard displays the first few spaces, and a list of your favourite spaces if you have any, with a link to view all spaces in the space directory. 
  • The space directory – Choose SpacesSpace directory in the Confluence header. The space directory displays a list of all the site and personal spaces you have permission to see. Filter the list of spaces by selecting from the categories on the left of the space directory.

You can mark a space as a favourite by choosing the star icon to the right of it, or categorise the space to get easy access to the content that's most relevant to you.

The Spaces menu in the header also displays a list of your recently viewed spaces, allowing you to quickly navigate to the things you view most often.

Screenshot: Spaces on the Confluence dashboard

The Spaces List macro allows you to display a list of spaces on a Confluence page, and filter them by category, if you need to.

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32 Archived comments

  1. User avatar

    Mihamina Rakotomandimby

    Note that for personal spaces, the spacekey is ~username , where username is the login used.

    This should be mentionned.

    19 Feb 2013
  2. User avatar


    How can I add links or pages to the space shortcuts?

    12 Mar 2013
    1. User avatar

      Sarah Maddox [Atlassian]

      Hallo there

      This page describes how to add shortcut links: Configuring a Sidebar. I've added a link on the above page too, so that other people can find it more easily.

      Cheers, Sarah

      12 Mar 2013
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    Hello Sarah (smile)

    How do we organize the Spaces in hierarchy form? For example: we have a space named A ~ J. We wanted Space B on top of Space A due to priority. We have tried using numbered Spaces but when it reaches number 10, the lineup will be

    1. B

    10. J

    2. A

    3. C

    Thanks in advance!

    02 May 2013
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      By the way, this is in the Dashboard

      03 May 2013
    1. User avatar

      Anton Belov

      Would also like to order spaces by our priority

      03 Jun 2013
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        Cedric DEVAUX

        Hi Anton,


        I have the same request than the user above.

        Do you have a solution?


        Thank you



        14 Jun 2013
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    Hello, guys!

    Could you please help me - is any way to create new space under another one like child space?

    1. Parent space
      1.1 Child space

    I've seen such example on one confluence but I haven't found the solution.


    Thank You in advance,


    08 May 2013
  5. User avatar

    Shawn Sanders

    Hi Mariya,  from the above doc:

    Useful notes about spaces and pages:

    • Spaces cannot be nested. You cannot have parent and child spaces, but you can have parent and child pages within a space.


    Shawn Sanders

    Turner Broadcasting

    28 May 2013
  6. User avatar


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    13 Sep 2013
  7. User avatar

    Edward Wilson

    How do I edit a space's team members after it's been created?

    26 Sep 2013
    1. User avatar

      Ruben van den Heuvel

      Exactly my question... seems impossible!

      27 Sep 2013
  8. User avatar


    Me too. Me too.

    27 Sep 2013
    1. User avatar

      Erşat ESEN

      You need to add a column to the right end of your profile picture boxes.

      Insert profile picture macro on the top, and mailto: shortcut below.

      09 Oct 2013
  9. User avatar

    Tara Maher

    Is there a simpler way to add team members to an existing team space? Ersat's suggestion seems like a workaround. When I added a team member as a macro, it does not look the same as the other team members. It seems like there should be a simpler way to do this.

    15 Oct 2013
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    Appearantly there is no macro for this that automatically shows changes to the team. It's a static text + photo you have to put in there. But if your team space page is one of the main pages, a lot will happen on that page, so it will be subject to change anyway.

    25 Nov 2013
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    Seems something of an oversight to not be able to edit the team members easily after creation!

    06 Jan 2014
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    Paulie Rainbow

    We are evaluating Confluence and I am disappointed that the "Team Member" portion of the Team Spaces blueprint is apparently just window dressing.

    And, even as window dressing it is difficult to update.

    It should be a functional thing, displaying the actual members of the team as per the permissions.

    And, if that functionality cannot be added, at the very least it should be very easy to update with team members.

    07 Jan 2014
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      This is true. It's not even a real "feature" since it doesn't have any real functionality. I was really excited about this at first but than really disappointed when I realized it was just some fancy formatting.

      One jury-rig I came up with is to have a "Roll Call" page where team members can comment, and then have a "Contributors" macro point to that page. This will create a dynamic, update-able "The Team" Macro that you can post on the home page of the team space.

      21 Jul 2014
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    Abyakta Lenka

    Is there any limit for number of spaces , number of pages , number of blogs in confluence .

    Is there any kind of limit for confluence .

    10 Feb 2014
    1. User avatar

      Rachel Robins [Atlassian Tech Writer]

      Hi Abyakta, sorry for the late reply. I am not aware of a specific upper limit. This Confluence site (housing our documentation) has over 400 spaces, and some spaces, like this one, have up to 2 thousand pages. 

      If you have specific concerns about the size of your proposed instance, I would recommend contacting Support, or perhaps talking to an Atlassian Expert for assistance. 

      17 Feb 2014
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    Brett Evans

    When dealing with personal spaces Ref.

    spacekey is ~username

    How does this syntax change with usernames which contain a space?


    I am trying to use the page index plugin to return shared links from my personal space, my username is "Brett Evans"

    I have tried "~Brett Evans" and "~Brett+Evans" but neither are working.

    24 Feb 2014
    1. User avatar

      Hans-Peter Geier

      did you try ~brett.evens ?

      24 Feb 2014
    1. User avatar

      Rachel Robins [Atlassian Tech Writer]

      Hi Brett, 

      Space keys cannot contain spaces or special characters, so I would assume a personal space key, where a username contained spaces would be ~brettevans. (I'm also assuming your Confluence instance is managing users externally, as Confluence's internal user management does not allow usernames with spaces).

      To confirm the space key for your personal space, you could navigate to a page in your personal space, and check the space key that appears in the URL  (e.g. .../display/~rrobins/page+title). 

      Just checking also, you are using the Page Index macro? That macro has no parameters, so can only be placed within the space it is reporting on - so you should be able to just place it on any page within your personal space.

      Hope this helps, if you continue to have issues, feel free to contact Support.  

      24 Feb 2014
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    Jess Stengel

    Hello Atlassian Folks,  Along the lines of Tara Maher's post from Oct 2013... have you had any specific discussions or thinking about the edit-ability of Team Members on existing Team Spaces? Functionality I'd like to see: Ability of the Space Admin to assign and track tasks. Thanks. PS We buying soon, I think.

    02 May 2014
    1. User avatar

      Rachel Robins [Atlassian Tech Writer]

      Hi Jess, I don't believe there are any short term plans for an easier way to edit the members of a team space. For now you can go to Space Tools > Permissions and add more users, and edit the homepage and add the Profile Picture macro for each new team member). 

      For tasks, have a look at the new Working with Tasks page - it gives an overview of the new tasks features in Confluence 5.5 - where any user, including an admin, could assign and track tasks. 

      07 May 2014
      1. User avatar

        Tomasz Urbański

        Are you sure that the link "Working with Tasks" is the proper one?

        10 Aug 2015
        1. User avatar

          Rachel Robins [Atlassian Tech Writer]

          The link has changed - you can find out about tasks here - Add, Assign, and View Tasks

          10 Aug 2015
          1. User avatar

            Tomasz Urbański

            Thanks a lot

            12 Aug 2015
  16. User avatar


    Hi Atlassian, I would like some help regarding the differences between Space Documentation, Blank Space, Team Space and Knowledge Base. Thank you!

    27 Jun 2014
    1. User avatar

      Rachel Robins [Atlassian Tech Writer]

      Hi Mario, some info on each space blueprint can be found here Creating a Space.  

      29 Jun 2014
      1. User avatar

        Nigel Johnson

        This page does not really outline the types of space as I read the previous comment to mean, also, when I signed up, I got a project space and another one, but I don't seem to be able to add a new project space. Is there a plugin I have to enable to get project spaces added to the list?

        02 Mar 2015
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