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Using macros helps you to expand the capabilities of your Confluence pages, allowing you to add extra functionality or include dynamic content. For example, use the Attachments macro to list files attached to a page, or use the Widget Connector macro to include things like a YouTube video or Twitter feed.

Including Macros with the Macro Browser

To add a macro to a page:


  1. From the editor toolbar, choose (Insert) > Other Macros
  2. Find and select the required macro

Speed it up with autocomplete: Type and the beginning of the macro name, to see a list of suggested macros. In this example we're inserting the cheese macro.

To edit an existing macro: Click the macro placeholder and choose Edit. This will open the macro details, so you can edit the macro parameters.


Macro Parameters

Many macros have optional parameters you can use to control the macro's output.

With the Attachments Macro, for instance, you have two optional parameters allowing you to:

  • Specify the file formats of the attachments displayed
  • Choose whether or not you want old versions of the attachments displayed

Macro Placeholders

Macro placeholders are displayed in the editor where you have added a macro to the page.

When editing a page, you can:

  • Double-click a macro placeholder (or click the placeholder and choose Edit) to open the macro dialog window and edit the macro's parameters
  • Select a macro placeholder to cut, copy and paste the macro

Confluence macros

Below is a list of the macros currently bundled with Confluence. Click a macro name for details of the usage, including optional parameters and examples.


Creating your own macros

Users with System Administrator permissions can create user macros - see Writing User Macros

If you want to create something more complex, you can develop your own plugin - see Writing Confluence Plugins.

Getting more macros from The Marketplace

You can find a wide range of Atlassian and third party macros at The Marketplace. These are distributed as add-ons and can be installed by a Confluence Administrator.

Macro usage statistics

Confluence administrators can check how often each macro is used in your site.

To see how often a macro is used, go to  > General Configuration > Macro Usage.  This lists how often each macro is used in current spaces but doesn't include any macros used on pages in archived spaces or macros provided by disabled add-ons.

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