The Content by Label macro is used to display lists of pages, blog posts or attachments that have particular labels.  It's great for collecting related pages together and filtering out content that you don't want to see.

For example, you could use this macro to display a list of all pages that have the label 'feature-shipped' and include the word 'Blueprint', or to list any pages with the label 'meeting-notes' that you've been mentioned in.

Here's how the macro looks on your page:

Use the Content by Label macro

To add the Content by Label macro:

  1. In the Confluence editor, select  > View more
  2. Find the item to be inserted and select it
  3. Select Insert

You can also type / onto the page to bring up the same list you'd see by selecting from the toolbar.

To edit the Content by Label macro:

  1. Select the macro placeholder. The floating toolbar appears.
  2. Select Edit. The right panel opens.
  3. Modify the parameters. Your changes are saved as you go.
  4. Resume editing the page, and the panel closes.

CQL filters


CQL (Confluence Query Language) is a query language developed for Confluence, which you can use in some macros and the Confluence search. Confluence search and CQL-powered macros allow you to add filters to build up a search query, adding as many filters as you need to narrow down the search results. To add a filter to your query, select the Add a filter link.

You can use the following CQL filters:



Returns pages, blog posts or attachments with these labels.

OR (multiple values in the same filter)

AND (multiple Label filters)

With ancestor

Returns pages that live under this page in the page tree.

This allows you to restrict the macro to a single page tree.

OR (multiple values in the same filter)

Returns pages or blog posts that were created or edited by these people.

OR (multiple values in the same filter)

Returns items created by these people.

OR (multiple values in the same filter)

Mentioning user

Returns pages and blog posts that @mention these people.

OR (multiple values in the same filter)
With parentReturns only direct children of this page (further sub-pages won't be included)EQUALS (one page only)
In space**Returns items from these spaces.OR (multiple values in the same filter)
Including text**Returns items that contain this text.CONTAINS (single word or phrase)
With titleReturns items that contain this text in the title.CONTAINS (single word or phrase)
Of type**Returns only pages, blogs or attachments.OR (multiple values in the same filter)

AND, OR, and NOT operators

  • For an OR search, specify multiple values in the same field.
    So to show pages with 'label-a', 'label-b' or both you'd put 'label-a' and 'label-b' in the same Label field, like this:
  • For an AND search, add more than one filter and specify a single value in each.
    To show only pages with label-a and label-b you'd put 'label-a' in one label field, then add a second Label field to the macro, and put 'label-b' in the second one, like this:

    Put simply, OR values are entered in the same filter, AND values are entered in different filter. 
    Only some filters support AND. If the filter doesn't support the AND operator, you won't be able to add that filter more than once.  
  • For a NOT search, enter a minus sign (-) before the label. This'll exclude everything with that label.

* This field is required in CQL-powered macros.

** You can add these filters in CQL-powered macros but in search they're part of the standard search filters, so they don't appear in the Add a filter menu.

Macro display options

These options control how the macro appears on your page.

Sort byModified

Sort the list by title, the date it was created, or the date it was last modified. If you don't select an option, CQL default ordering by relevancy is used.

Reverse sortFalseSort the list descending instead of ascending (Z - A, earliest - latest)
Maximum number of pages15Limit the number of items to include in the list. This can be any value up to 500 pages.
List titleBlankInclude an optional heading for the macro
Show labels for each pageTrueShow or hide the labels applied to each item
Show space name for each pageTrueShow or hide the space name for each item
Display excerptsFalse

Allows you to include a short excerpt under each page in the list. Choose between:

  • None - no excerpt will be displayed.
  • Simple - displays the first line of text contained in an Excerpt macro any of the returned pages. If there is not an Excerpt macro on the page, nothing will be shown.
  • Rich content - displays the contents of an Excerpt macro, or if there is not an Excerpt macro on the page, the first part of the page content, as formatted text, including images and some macros.