About the Universal Plugin Manager

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An add-on is a separately installed component that supplements or enhances the functionality of an Atlassian application. An add-on might add a single feature to your host application, like a macro in Confluence, or it might provide enough features to constitute a product in its own right, like JIRA Portfolio.

The Universal Plugin Manager (UPM) is a tool for administering add-ons in Atlassian applications. You can use the UPM to find and install new add-ons, managing, and configuring add-ons. The UPM interface is the same across products, so if you use UPM in JIRA applications, it's identical in Confluence.

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About this documentation

This documentation describes how to administer add-ons with the UPM. While minor differences across products occur, this documentation applies across applications, whether using JIRA applications, Confluence, Stash, FishEye, Crucible or Bamboo.

Like other add-ons, the UPM plugin software is updated regularly to incorporate new features and bug fixes. The updates may involve changes to the user interface. This documentation reflects Universal Plugin Manager version 2.8. For older releases, see the documentation archive accessible from the Universal Plugin Manager Documentation Directory.

Accessing the UPM

You can access the UPM from anywhere in your product. To administer add-ons, you'll need to be logged in with administrator privileges. From the top navigation bar, choose > Add-ons to access the UPM.

The Find new add-ons page loads. You can also toggle to Manage add-ons.

Exploring add-on administration

UPM presents the following pages for administering add-ons in the application administration console:

We recommend designating a single user to administer add-ons at a time. To prevent conflicts, UPM blocks other users from accessing the add-on administration pages while an add-on is being installed or updated. A warning message appears to users who attempt to access the UPM while another administrator is installing or updating an add-on.  

If the WebSudo feature is enabled for the Atlassian host application, the UPM administration pages are also subject to the controls imposed by WebSudo. This security feature, which mimics the Linux sudo feature, requires administrators who are logged into the Atlassian application to reenter their password before performing an administrative function.  

Last modified on Oct 6, 2015

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