Can Confluence PDF Export Render JIRA Issue IDs as Text and not Links?

Is it possible to export a Confluence page as PDF and have the links to JIRA issues render as text and not as links?

We are exporting our  Confluence "Release Notes" pages to PDF in order to email them to customers. The JIRA Issue Macro allows total control over what JIRA fields are displayed on the page and so we use JIRA custom fields with "friendly" notes.  So far, so good.

Both our Confluence and JIRA instance are internal and not accessible by the customers.   We want them to see the issue IDs in the Release Notes - but only as plain text and not as links (because they won't be able to click on the links).

A work-around is to export as Word and then edit the resulting document before saving as PDF - but that's rather painful.



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Wouldn't this be better to generate the release notes document fully on the JIRA side, using the PDF View Plugin?

You have full access to all information in JIRA, full control over the information to be exported (described in PDF templates), and you could even "pull-in" the additional release description from a Confluence page using a Groovy script and the Confluence REST API. (Or, store the release description in JIRA, representing a release with a custom issue type, if you prefer so.)


The PDF View Plugin does definitely seem to fit the bill as a solution for release notes generation. However, the licensing cost would be $2000. Rather too expensive. What we have done so far using Confluence is almost exactly what we need (including corporate logo and suchlike) with the one exception... issues IDs displaying as links.

OK, see my other answer.

I forgot to mention. This is with Confluence v5.61 (with JIRA v6.3.4).

One workaround you could try is to display those links without the blueish colors and underline, so that the links look like plain text. You should be able to do that with Confluence's PDF export configuration, as that is basically based on CSS:

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