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View the audit log

You'll need Confluence administrator permissions to view the audit log. The audit log isn’t available on the Free plan.

The audit log allows administrators to look back at the history of key changes and events that have happened in Confluence. This is useful when you need to troubleshoot a problem or if you need to keep a record of important events, such as changes to global permissions. 

To view the audit log:

  1. Select the wheel icon () in the top-right corner to open Confluence administration.

  2. Find Monitoring in the left-hand navigation.

  3. Select Audit log.

You can then filter the log by keyword and time to narrow down the results. Here's how it looks.

The audit log gives you a history of changes to your Confluence site.
  1. Filter it: dig into the log by keyword or by time. 

  2. More control: export the whole log or change how long to keep events

  3. Get detailed: see the details of each change. 

The audit log records information about the following types of events and notes if the change was made using admin key. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but gives you an idea of what you might see in the log.

  • Spaces

    • Created, archived, or deleted

    • Exported or imported

    • Configuration updated

    • Logo uploaded

    • Trash emptied

  • Users and groups

    • User created, deactivated, or reactivated

    • User details updated

    • User added to or removed from group

    • Group added or deleted

  • Global administration

    • Global settings changed

    • Site logo changed

    • Color scheme modified

  • Permissions

    • Global permission added or removed

      • including “anonymous” access

    • Space permission added or removed

      • including “anonymous” access

    • Content restriction added or removed

  • Public links

    • Enabled or disabled

  • Page

  • Page templates

    • Created or updated

The audit log doesn't record information related to page edits (you can view this in the page history) or changes to a page’s restrictions or location.

Events remain in the log, by default, for one year. We find that retaining log data for a full year can be particularly helpful when troubleshooting problems. However, you can adjust the log settings to keep events for as short as one standard month (31 days).

Once a week the system will run a clean up and delete any log entries that are older than the time frame you’ve set. (This will happen on the same day at the same time, every week.)

To change how long to keep events:

  1. Select Settings in the top-right corner of the audit log.

  2. A screen will open, allowing you to save events for between 1 and 12 months.

  3. Select Save.

modal showing settings to control how long audit log data is saved

To save a record of logs for longer than 12 months, or to explore the log in more detail, you can export the log to CSV format.

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