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Confluence 5.x API - extracting page metadata (created by, date, version #, last modified)


I've been modifying an old user-macro (written using wiki mark-up, yes I'll update it to HTML soon!) and I'd like some help on how to use the API (class / methods) within a user-macro to extract some page metadata, which will be used to create a standard page header across an entire space (the information gathered is mostly listed within tools / page information).

The page metadata I'm looking for is:

  • Created By (i.e. full user name)
  • Created Date/time (ideally formatted)
  • Page Version # (as an integer)
  • Last Modified By (i.e. Full User Name)
  • Last Modifed Date/time (ideally formatted).

I'm a little new to this, user-macro & API, but very familiar with confluence - so some gentle guidance on how to use the API within a user-macro would be very helpful. Explicit examples (or links) would be most appreciated!

FYI - I'm currently using the plugin "Page Information Tools" (by Ltd) to obtain this information, the intent being to reduce my dependency on this plugin by extracting my own metadata.

Kind Regards


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Create a user macro with the following template code:

## @noparams

  <li><strong>Created By:</strong> #usernameLink($content.getCreatorName())</li>
  <li><strong>Created Date:</strong> $action.dateFormatter.formatDateTime($content.getCreationDate())</li>
  <li><strong>Page Version:</strong> $content.getVersion()</li>
  <li><strong>Last Modified By:</strong> #usernameLink($content.getLastModifierName())</li>
  <li><strong>Last Modifed Date:</strong> $action.dateFormatter.formatDateTime($content.getLastModificationDate())</li>


  • $content is the current ContentEntityObject that this macro is included in (if available).
  • Find a list of objects available to user macros here.
  • Find a list of objects available in the default Velocity context here.
  • Find documentation about $dateFormatter here.

Hope this helps

Excellent - exactly what i was looking for. Many thanks!

Remo: But what if I want to get info about other page. It is... bind $content (or other variable) to other page than the one where the macro is being executed.

Thank you!

Just use the PageManager to get the desired page object:

Get the page by id (replace "12345" with the id of the page):

#set($otherPage = $pageManager.getPage(12345))

Get the page by title (replace "SPACEKEY" with the key of the space and "Your Title" with the title of the page):

#set($otherPage = $pageManager.getPage("SPACEKEY", "Your Title"))

And then in the template code replace all occurences of $content with $otherPage. You could also replace the static page id with a dynamic macro parameter, as explained here.

This is great. Thanks.

Late to the party, but want to say thanks @Remo Siegwart. I created a user macro with this and it solved my requirement.

@Remo Siegwart I tried using: ## @param ID:title=ID|type=string #set($otherPage = $pageManager.getPage($paramID)) But it does not manage to fetch the ID which I type in myself when using the macro. If I use $paramID it prints the ID fine. Just not within $pageManager.getPage($paramID)). Any advice?

You first need to convert the ID to an integer as pageManager.getPage() expects an integer as parameter, but paramID is a string. Here is how you could do it: ## @param ID:title=ID|type=string #set($Integer = 0) #set($otherPage = $pageManager.getPage($Integer.parseInt($paramID))) <p>Page title: $otherPage.title</p>

@Remo Siegwart Perfect! Works wonderful. The string/integer is above my code knowledge, but as long as it works I'm happy :]

I also need this feature, did you find something else?

Can you create this type of Macro for cloud confluence?


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