Access Confluence page content in the file system

Affected Products

Confluence

Summary

Confluence allows to access spaces and pages via the WebDAV protocol in the file system given a suitable WebDAV client is available. Especially when migrating content from file system based storage, uploading attachments to pages can be time consuming and less convenient.

Resolution

WebDAV allows users to access Confluence content via a WebDAV client, such as 'My Network Places' in Microsoft Windows. Provided that the user has permission, they will be able to read and write to spaces, pages and attachments in Confluence. Users will be asked to log in and the standard Confluence content access permissions will apply to the equivalent content available through the WebDAV client.

1

Setting Up a WebDAV Client in Microsoft Windows

There are two methods for configuring a WebDAV client natively in Microsoft Windows:

  • As a network drive
  • As a web folder

If possible, use the network drive method as this will enable more comprehensive WebDAV client interaction with Confluence than that provided by a web folder. 

Follow the instructions provided by Atlassian using this link format:

\\yourserverURL@SSL\DavWWWRoot\plugins\servlet\confluence

2

Setting Up a WebDAV Client like 'Cyberduck'

Connect using the base URL of your Stella instance, your login credentials and specify the following path in 'More Options' to connect:

/plugins/servlet/confluence

Expand 'default/Global' to see all global spaces with their 'spacekey'.

Drill down to see the pages within a space. Here is an example comparison view in a web browser and Cyberduck side-by-side.

Find the page and access all attachments, in our example the 'Site Photos' page again in a side-by-side comparison. 

Additional Information

This is a native Confluence feature which is not supported by the Stella team.