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Create and collaborate on live-edit pages in Confluence

This feature is currently only available to select participants of an experimental Early Access Program (EAP).

What is the live-edit pages EAP?

Live-edit pages are an experimental feature designed to be a more dynamic, efficient, and collaborative way of creating and sharing work in Confluence.

This early access program will allow you to create frictionless live-edit pages that can be updated and collaborated on instantly, without the need to publish. Any changes made to a live-edit page are automatically saved and reflected to all viewers in real time.

Image of a live-edit page in Confluence

How do I get started?

First, please note that Confluences spaces or pages that already exist will not be impacted in any way by participation in this EAP.

In order to get started with live-editing in Confluence, you’ll need to create a new space and select the Collaboration space option when doing so. Or, you’ll need to have access to a collaboration space created by one of your admins or team members at the start of the EAP.

Image of creation flow for new collaborative space in Confluence

By default, all users with access to that space can create and edit pages within it. If you don't have the required permissions, reach out to your space admin to grant you access.

 

How do I create a live-edit page?

As always, you can create a new page by selecting Page from the Create menu, or + from the sidebar.

Image of global creation of a page
Image of contextual creation of a page from sidebar

Note: Whenever you create a new live-edit page, it is immediately visible in the sidebar, and anyone with access to the space can see it. You can make it private anytime.

How does editing and collaborating work?

Live editing in Confluence allows you to collaborate with others in real time. Multiple users can edit the same page at the same time and see each other's changes instantly. This makes it easy to work together and avoid conflicts. You can see who else is currently editing the page by looking at the circular user avatars on the toolbar.

Image of presence avatars on the toolbar

Sharing

You can invite others to view and/or collaborate on your page by sharing a link to it using the Copy link button on the toolbar, or by selecting Share. Those with access will be able to navigate to your page and make edits in real time.

Image of the Share modal

Comments, @ mentions, tasks

Highlight text to leave in-line comments in order to provide feedback, suggest changes, or ask questions. You can also @ mention or assign tasks to anyone with access to your page, and they’ll be notified instantly about it, unless you choose not to notify them.

Privacy and permissions

Live-edit pages adhere to the same privacy and permissions settings as all Confluence pages.

Whenever you first create a live-edit page, it is immediately visible in the sidebar, and anyone with access to the space can see it. You can review or adjust who has access to view and edit your page at any time by selecting the lock icon on the toolbar.

Copy and move

Live-edit pages can be copied and moved within and across spaces in the same way they can be now.

How can I be sure my content is saved?

Confluence will automatically save page edits every 5 seconds, so you don't have to worry about manually saving your work.

Confluence will also store a new version in Page history approximately 30 minutes after your last editing session is complete.

Image of Page History selection in More Options menu

You can view the version history of your page by selecting Page history from the … menu. Page history allows you to compare page versions, revert to previous versions if needed, and track the evolution of your page.

 

What about publishing? Can I still do that?

Live editing in Confluence does not require you to publish your page in order to display its content or share updates with your team. All edits are instantly visible to everyone with access to the page.

However, if you’d like to publish your page as documentation (or some other form of finalized content) with a separate view and edit mode, you can opt to Publish from the (More options) menu.

Image of Publish option in the More options menu

At this time, pages that are published will not be able to be switch back to live editing. We’re actively working to make this possible!

What is not included in this EAP experience?

Within any new collaboration space you create, you’ll have full access to live editing in Confluence. However, not all current Confluence functionality is available in this experience yet.

Here’s what is not yet available while live editing pages in Confluence:

  • Marketplace apps

  • Some Atlassian Intelligence features

  • Presenter mode

  • Page-level comments and reactions

Automation is available, however please be aware that:

  • Rules that include a "page published" event will trigger when a live-edit page is created.

  • Rules that include a "page updated" event will trigger approximately 30 minutes after a user's live editing session has ended.

  • Rules that involve "page comments" will not work for live-edit pages, as page-level commenting is not yet supported.

Additionally, access to the template library is limited and certain macros will require you to publish your page in order for them to display and function properly.


Have questions, concerns, or feedback? We’d love to hear from you in our private Community group.

Interested in participating in this EAP in the future? Feel free to fill out this interest form.

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