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Are Archived Spaces eventually auto-deleted or do they remain?

Hello Atlassian Community, could you clarify about Archiving spaces in Confluence.  Are these eventually auto-deleted after some amount of time (the way Jira trashed projects are), or do these just remain in Archive in perpetuity?  Thanks!

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Hi  @PES Administrator ,

Archived spaces (and all content contained within them) won’t appear in the following:

  • Confluence search results — unless you select Search archived spaces. (This option is hidden if there are no archived spaces.)

  • Any dropdown menus, including the Confluence quick navigation (which drops down when you enter text in the search box).

  • The general list of spaces in the Space Directory. Instead, they’ll appear in the Archived Spaces list. 

  • Any activity streams, even if the archived space is updated.

Archived spaces retain the following functionality:

  • You can view the content as usual, by following a link or typing in a URL belonging to the archived space. 

  • You can edit the content as usual, as determined by the space permissions.

  • RSS feeds, watches, and notifications remain active.

  • They’ll still appear under any categories they’ve been labeled with.

  • Public spaces (accessible to anyone on the Internet) will continue to appear in external search engines’ search results, like Google’s.


More information available at the following link

Hope this helps,


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Mikael Sandberg Community Leader May 24, 2022

Archived spaces are not auto-deleted, they are just hidden so a user cannot search and find pages in an archived space. See it as a way of de-cluttering your Confluence instance by hiding out-of-date pages.

Exactly so! I've clarified this in our support documentation:  

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