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The Code Block macro allows you to display source code in your page with syntax highlighting, like the one below:

Add the Code Block Macro

The Macro Browser allows you to view the list of available Confluence macros and to add them to the current page or blog post.

  1. In the Confluence editor, choose  > 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 Keyboard shortcuts, markdown, and autocomplete.

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.

You type the code block directly into the macro placeholder in the editor. Note that any white space contained in the placeholder is not manipulated in any way by the Code Block macro. This is to provide the writer with flexibility over code indentation.


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 browser, it will be listed below in brackets (example).




Syntax highlighting


Specifies the language (or environment) for syntax highlighting. The default language is Java but you can choose from one of the following languages/environments:

  • ActionScript
  • AppleScript
  • Bash
  • C#
  • C++
  • CSS
  • ColdFusion
  • Delphi
  • Diff
  • Erlang
  • Groovy
  • HTML and XML
  • Java
  • Java FX
  • JavaScript
  • Plain Text
  • PowerShell
  • Python
  • Ruby
  • SQL
  • Sass
  • Scala
  • Visual Basic



Adds a title to the code block. If specified, the title will be displayed in a header row at the top of the code block.



If selected, the code macro's content will be collapsed upon visiting or refreshing the Confluence page. Clicking the expand source link allows you to view this content. If false, the code macro's content is always displayed in full.

Show line numbers


If selected, line numbers will be shown to the left of the lines of code.

First line number


When Show line numbers is selected, this value defines the number of the first line of code.



Specifies the color scheme used for displaying your code block. Many of these themes are based on the default color schemes of popular integrated development environments (IDEs). The default theme is Confluence (also known as Default), which is typically black and colored text on a blank background. However, you can also choose from one of the following other popular themes:

  • DJango
  • Emacs
  • FadeToGrey
  • Midnight
  • RDark
  • Eclipse
  • Confluence

Configure the Code Block macro

 You can configure the Code Block macro to use a specific language and theme by default

To set the default appearance of code blocks in your site:

  1. Select (Settings) in the Confluence navigation
  2. Choose Configure Code Macro
  3. Select a Default Theme and Default Language
  4. Choose Save

All new code blocks will use the default theme and language unless you specify otherwise. Existing code blocks will be unchanged. 

Wiki markup example

Wiki markup is only supported in the legacy editor.


Wiki markup is useful when you need to add a macro outside the editor, for example as custom content in the sidebar, header or footer of a space.

Macro name: code

Macro body: Accepts plain text.

{code:title=This is my title|theme=FadeToGrey|linenumbers=true|language=html/xml|firstline=0001|collapse=true}
This is my code