Start and Stop Confluence

How you start and stop Confluence depends on whether you are running Confluence as a Service. 

To check whether Confluence is already running you can go to http://<base-url>/status.

Windows

  When installed as a service...

If you installed Confluence as a service, you can Start Confluence Server and Stop Confluence Server from the Windows Start menu. 

You can't start or stop Confluence manually using the start-confluence.bat and stop-confluence.bat file.

  When not installed as a service...

If you didn't install Confluence as a service you'll need to start and stop Confluence manually.

  • To start Confluence run <installation-directory>\bin\start-confluence.bat
  • To stop Confluence run <installation-directory>\bin\stop-confluence.bat

We recommend running Confluence with a dedicated user account. To do this, use use the runas command to execute start-confluence.bat.

> runas /env /user:<DOMAIN>\<confluence> start-confluence.bat

Where <DOMAIN> is your Windows domain or computer name and <confluence> is the name of your dedicated user.

  With add-ons disabled (for troubleshooting)...

It is possible to start Confluence Server with user installed add-ons temporarily disabled. This is useful if you need to troubleshoot problems with your site, particularly if an add-on may be preventing Confluence from starting up successfully.

To start Confluence with all user installed add-ons temporarily disabled:

> cd <installation-directory>/bin
> start-confluence.bat /disablealladdons

To start Confluence with a particular add-on temporarily disabled:

> cd <installation-directory>/bin
> start-confluence.bat /disableaddon=com.atlassian.test.plugin

where com.atlassian.test.plugin is the add-on key. To disable multiple add-ons, use a colon separated list. Regex/wildcards are not permitted, the full key of the plugin must be provided.

These parameters are applied at startup only, they do not persist. If you want to permanently disable an add-on, go to > Add-ons to do this via UPM.

Notes

  • If the add-on key contains a space, disabling the add-on using this method will not work, you need to manually deal with that add-on.
  • This feature does not work for Confluence Data Center.

Linux 

  When installed as a service...

If you installed Confluence as a service, use one of the following commands to start, stop or restart Confluence.

$ sudo /etc/init.d/confluence start
$ sudo /etc/init.d/confluence stop
$ sudo /etc/init.d/confluence restart

You can't start or stop Confluence manually using the start-confluence.sh and stop-confluence.sh files.

  When not installed as a service...

If you didn't install Confluence as a service you'll need to start and stop Confluence manually.

  • To start Confluence run <installation-directory>\bin\start-confluence.sh
  • To stop Confluence run <installation-directory>\bin\stop-confluence.sh

We recommend running Confluence with a dedicated user account:

$ su -u <user>
$ ./start-confluence.sh

Where <user> is the name of your dedicated user.

If you're using Ubuntu the command is a little different:

$ sudo su <user>
$ ./start-confluence.sh
  With add-ons disabled (for troubleshooting)...

It is possible to start Confluence with user installed add-ons temporarily disabled. This is useful if you need to troubleshoot problems with your site, particularly if an add-on may be preventing Confluence from starting up successfully.

To start Confluence with all user installed add-ons temporarily disabled:

$ cd <installation-directory>/bin
$ ./start-confluence.sh --disable-all-addons 

To start Confluence with a particular add-on temporarily disabled:

$ cd <installation-directory>/bin
$ ./start-confluence.sh --disable-addons=com.atlassian.test.plugin

where com.atlassian.test.plugin is the add-on key.

To disable multiple add-ons, use a colon separated list, for example, com.atlassian.test.plugin:com.atlassian.another.plugin. Regex/wildcards are not permitted, the full key of the plugin must be provided.

These parameters are applied at startup only, they do not persist. If you want to permanently disable an add-on, go to > Add-ons to do this via UPM.

Notes

  • If the add-on key contains a space, disabling the add-on using this method will not work, you need to manually deal with that add-on.
  • This feature does not work for Confluence Data Center.

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