Status Macro

The Status macro displays a coloured lozenge (a rounded box) that is useful for reporting project status. You can choose the colour of the lozenge and the text that appears inside the lozenge. The macro also displays its current status in the editor, and you can change the status directly in the editor.


See the Status macro put to excellent use in How to build a release planning page in Confluence.

Screenshot: Click on the Status macro lozenge to change the status.

Using the Status macro

To add the Status macro to a page using the Macro Browser:

  1. In the Confluence editor, choose Insert > Other Macros
  2. Find and select the required macro

Speeding up macro entry with autocomplete: Type { and the beginning of the macro name, to see a list of suggested macros. Details are in Autocomplete for links, files, macros and mentions.

To edit an existing macro: Click the macro placeholder and choose Edit. A macro dialog window will open, where you can edit the parameters of the macro.


Parameters are options that you can set to control the content or format of the macro output. Where the parameter name used in Confluence storage format or wikimarkup is different to the label used in the macro browser, it will be listed below in brackets (example).






The colour of the lozenge. The following colours are available: Grey , Red, Yellow, Green and Blue.


The colour that you select.

The text that will appear inside the lozenge. If you do not specify any text, the title will be the colour of the lozenge, that is 'Grey', 'Red', 'Yellow', 'Green' or 'Blue'.

Use outline style

The style of the lozenge and its border. The default style lozenge is a solid background colour with white text. The outline style lozenge is white with a coloured border and coloured text as shown here


Code examples

The following examples are provided for advanced users who want to inspect or edit the underlying markup for a Confluence page. 

Macro name: status

Macro body: None.

Storage format example

Wiki markup example

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41 Archived comments

  1. User avatar


    Attempting to display a percent sign as the title appears not to work. For example, I want the title to say "75%". When I do this, Confluence hangs when I attempt to save the page. I can URL encode the % (i.e. %25). This seems to work when I view the page in Edit mode, but when I view the page in Display mode I see "75%25". Any ideas here?

    21 Oct 2011
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    Michael Katz

    Should be possible to insert a text that is longer than 10 characters. The macro will automatically add 3 dots after the text if it is too long.

    25 Oct 2011
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      did u find a way to expand the width?

      24 Jul 2012
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        Any solution?

        15 Aug 2014
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    Sandro Gehrig

    I wasn't able to put a link on that status-bar. Adding a link to the panel renders a simple link when saving.


    Status MacroTables


    Any solution?

    Thanks in advance

    05 Dec 2011
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      Steven Cox

      Did you find out how to add a link to the Status Bar?  I'd like to use this macro but need it to be able to link to another confluence page.

      27 Feb 2012
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        Sandro Gehrig

        Yes i found out, just do it


        Create a Status Bar, click it and then click on "Link"

        I really don't know why I had this problem or how i solved it, maybe only an update is needed.

        And you'll still be able to change the status (clicking on it) or the link (focus on the status bar and click "link" again)



        28 Feb 2012
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      Mark Turnpaugh

      How did you get that long status? Mine are always cut off.  STATUS PANEL WITHOUT LINK

      Nevermind, It seems it works here in the comments but not in the page.  Weird.

      21 Jul 2015
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        Giles Brunning [Atlassian Technical Writer]

        Hi Mark,

        When you're editing it'll cut the status off, but when you save the page the status macro should be as wide as your text requires.

        21 Jul 2015
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    Marcus Sternberg

    Hi all,

    a status is fine - it would be even finer when youre able to find pages with a status e.g. when you enter the content of the statusfield. This would help to identify e.g. pages with a status like "draft". A simple search after the keyword of the status field seems not to work. Any hints for me?


    30 Dec 2011
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      David Hergert

      Hi Marcus Sternberg, I agree with you, although you could try and use labels to achieve that.  But I still think the status macro content being searchable would be useful and assumed.  I created an issue for that enhancement.

      CONF-31884 - Status macro is not searchable New

      05 Dec 2013
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        Marcus Sternberg

        Thanks David, very appreciated.

        05 Dec 2013
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    What is the keyboard shortcut or wiki markup to speed up the creation of status macros? 


    18 Jan 2012
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      Kathleen James

      Here's the wiki markup.  Type the following ... {status:title=Whatever|color=red}

      • "Whatever" can be anything up to 10 characters (which is definitely not enough - 20 characters would be about right)
      • color can be grey, red, green, yellow or blue
      23 Mar 2015
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    Mark Haller

    Same question for me here - what's the keyboard shortcut or markup - we do lots of project status update pages every day/week and want to do them nice and quickly!

    07 Mar 2012
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    Hi all,

    is it possible to save a status for each colour just in one single status macro? I want to change the status text just by changing a colour.

    Do you know other macros or plugins, which provide this feature?

    Best regards,



    22 May 2012
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      I want to do this too, any update about this? Thanks!

      13 Aug 2012
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      Mark Hrynczak [Atlassian]

      There is a feature request for this. Feel free to watch, vote for, or comment on this issue:



      15 Aug 2012
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        Yes, that would have been the intuitive way of solving it. I was sure it worked that way until I realized this "bug". 

        19 Sep 2012
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    Can't find the command syntax documented in this page. Is this macro available in 3.5.9?

    13 Aug 2012
    1. User avatar

      Mark Hrynczak [Atlassian]

      No, the Status macro was added to Confluence in version 4.0.

      If upgrading is not an option for you, you can recreate the functionality in a user macro. There is a guide for doing this in Confluence 3.5 on this page: Writing the Status User Macro.



      14 Aug 2012
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    Troy S

    Is there a way to add additional colors to the Status macro?  Thanks,

    27 Dec 2012
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    Andrei Arkhipov

    Is there any way to change the color of the box AND attach the tag to the page in one go?

    12 Mar 2013
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    Robert Van Dell II

    Is it possible to dynamically generate the status macro based on the results of a JQL query, like if all of the subtasks of a ticket are completed, it can be green and set to "COMPLETED"?

    27 Mar 2013
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    Patrick Tam

    From what I can see this is really just serves as a visual element. Is it possible to have a library of status states so a user can assign from that library, rather than making up an arbitrary status each time? Sorry, just saw the request for this feature :  CONF-26322

    28 Mar 2013
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    Markus Lepper

    Since 5.1 UNFORTUNATEYL all text is changed to uppercase.

    Please remove this "feature" in next release. Up to 5.0.3 the text was displayed as entered.

    Bugreport filed:  CONF-28822 - Status macro converts all text into UPPERcase Resolved

    05 Apr 2013
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    Dieter Willems

    Is it possible to define some default statuses that can easily be re-used in a space? So that you are not obliged to re-create them each time you want to use a certain status.

    12 Dec 2013
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      Rachel Robins [Atlassian Tech Writer]

      Hi Dieter, no, this is not currently possible.  Feel free to create a feature request for this. Where would you want to be able to define the statuses?  

      12 Dec 2013
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        Dieter Willems

        May it's possible to remember the already created statuses, like done with the labels. So when you create a new status, you can choose one of the already created onces.

        12 Dec 2013
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    Christian Roos

    Is it possible to define user specific colours (like pink)? 

    09 Jan 2014
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      Rachel Robins [Atlassian Tech Writer]

      Hi Christian, no, it is not possible to add more colours to the status macro in Confluence. It may be possible to change the colours by using some custom CSS in a space.  You could ask at Answers as someone in the community may have a workaround for you. 

      09 Jan 2014
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    Markus Vogel


    Could anybody tell me, what exactly is resolved? We use confluence 5.3.4 with the "Status Macro" version 2.13. However I cannot find a way to change the text per color of the status macro! Am I missinterpreting anything here?

    Thanks for a clarifying answer.

    23 Jan 2014
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    Per Löfgren

    You could create a user macro for this with the help of the parameters that are available for the status macro. 

    ## @param Status:title=Status|type=enum|required=true|enumValues=RED,GREEN,GRAY|desc=Choose a status.

    #if ( $paramStatus == "RED" )
    #set ( $color = "Red" )
    #set ( $title = "RED STATUS" )
    #elseif ( $paramStatus == "GREEN" )
    #set ( $color = "Green" )
    #set ( $title = "GREEN STATUS" )
    #elseif ( $paramStatus == "GRAY" )
    #set ( $color = "Gray" )
    #set ( $title = "GRAY STATUS" )
    #set ( $color = "RED" )

    <ac:macro ac:name="status">
    <ac:parameter ac:name="colour">$color</ac:parameter>
    <ac:parameter ac:name="title">$title</ac:parameter>

    02 Apr 2014
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    James Duffy

    I'm trying to make a status bar a link. I followed the suggestion in another comment here and selected the status bar and clicked Link in the Confluence toolbar. This looked like it was going to work - but when I save or preview the changes, the status bar has disappeared. Is this a bug?

    20 Oct 2014
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      Rachel Robins [Atlassian Tech Writer]

      Hi James, there's an issue for this here  CONF-33834 - Relative Links Causes Status Macro to Vanish Open

      20 Oct 2014
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    Andrew Haberbosch

    Is there some sort of offline image rendering that happens using the status macro? Does it render the macro as an image eventually? We have a user that when they remove an existing status and insert>status and then publish the updates, the update shows as "Image added," instead of the pseudo markup of existing status macros. You can see this when flipping through the versions.  When you try to change the status, it just thinks it's an image to be edited, instead of giving you the status macro options. I notice that when I right click a previously saved status, it thinks it's an image. Other people just copy the status from elsewhere, then paste it. It doesn't show as an image then.

    21 Oct 2014
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    Mary Sorani

    I am looking for a way to leave the status macro empty instead of having the name of the color fill the macro.  I can't seem to do this. 

    27 Jul 2015
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      Giles Brunning [Atlassian Technical Writer]

      Hi Mary,

      Are you looking for something like this?  

      All I did was add one space to the Title field.

      29 Jul 2015
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        Branko Miskov

        Giles Brunning [Atlassian Technical Writer]

        Your suggestion works on the page where the Status macro was created, but doesn't display properly if that Status is referenced elsewhere.

        In my case, I'm using the empty Status macro to indicate a project status inside of a page properties table. When I view the page, it displays properly as  .

        However, in the page properties report I've created (on a different page) it shows up as the default with GREEN



        04 Aug 2015
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          Giles Brunning [Atlassian Technical Writer]

          Hi Branko,

          Unfortunately I don't have any others answers on this one. You could try asking over at answers to see if anyone else has solved this.

          04 Aug 2015
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