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Possible to use PowerShell to talk to Confluence? Can't auth - 403

Daniel Verberne March 3, 2020

I'm a PowerShell afficionado and I've installed module 'ConfluencePS' from PowerShell gallery, for the purpose of talking to our Atlassian Cloud environment - Confluence and Jira.

I'd love to be able to programmatically get the # of licenses we have at any one time, so I can notify colleagues, etc. 

I swear that I used to be able to authenticate to our Atlassian via this method, but over the last year or so, the authentication fails, resulting in a 403 Forbidden.

Again, using module ConfluencePS in PowerShell, I'm running commands like this:

$SpaceKey = "OurSpaceIdentifier"
$BaseURI = ""
Set-ConfluenceInfo -BaseURI $BaseURI

I'm storing $creds in a variable, based on my login username (my full email address) and prompting to enter my password and storing that using a PowerShell method 'ConvertFrom-SecureString' and then writing that out to a file, which I then read in whenever I need to authenticate.  It's the method that (I swear) worked in the past.

Anyway, when I run the following command, I get a '403 Forbidden':

Get-ConfluencePage -Title 'Title of a page within the space' -SpaceKey $SpaceKey -Credential $creds

WARNING: Confluence returned HTTP error 403 - Forbidden
Invoke-Method : com.atlassian.confluence.api.service.exceptions.PermissionException: Parent page view is restricted

Is it still possible to authenticate against these products using scripted languages like this?

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Tine Benmalek March 26, 2021

Hi Daniel. 

In your case it seems that the parent page has restrictions so that you are not able to access it. Restrictions are inherited.


I just upgraded to the newest confluence version on my confluence server and now I am not able to connect. I get a 401 error message. It may be because REST api for confluence no longer accepts basic auth.. 


Best Regards Tine Benmalek

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