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Can I hide a space/page from a Confluence admin?

My business partner and I have sensitive documents that only we should have access to in Confluence.

We have directors who need the ability to perform admin tasks in Confluence, like managing global templates.

As I understand it, only "Confluence Admins" can manage global templates -- but this would also allow them to see any page in any space.

Is there a workaround?

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Ok, great. I guess I wasn't clear about which default "admin" group I was talking about.

  • administrators: Have basic access to administer Confluence settings
  • confluence-administrators: Have full access to administer Confluence and see all content everywhere

I created a test user and assigned them to the "administrators" group and they seem to have basic admin access (editing global templates, etc.) and verified that they do not have access to a particular space which has been restricted to another custom group.

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Dave Atlassian Team Mar 15, 2013

If someone has Confluence-Admin permissions, they have full control of your site, so there is no way to hide something from them in a way that they could not circumvent if they wanted to.

Thanks,

-dave

Just to be clear, the only way to give someone the ability to manage global templates is to give them full control/access to the wiki?

I know this question is very dated but is there a way to block spaces in Confluence Cloud from site admins without the site admin being able to add themselves to the space?

Hi Aaron,

If you restrict some pages, by right normal Admin wouldn't be able to view the page that you restricted. Since the Admin in OnDemand version is not really a System Admin of the system, therefore I think this could be done. Please bear in mind that you can't hide any content from users that is inside 'confluence-administrators' group as per this documentation. However this group does not apply in OnDemand.

Hope it helps.

Ok, great. I guess I wasn't clear about which default "admin" group I was talking about.

  • administrators: Have basic access to administer Confluence settings
  • confluence-administrators: Have full access to administer Confluence and see all content everywhere

I created a test user and assigned them to the "administrators" group and they seem to have basic admin access (editing global templates, etc.) and verified that they do not have access to a particular space which has been restricted to another custom group.

Like Vincent Tjon-Sien-Kie likes this

Perhaps it has changed since this question was asked, but i'm on confluence 5.8.14 and I believe I have confirmed that personal spaces can in fact be hidden from everyone. 

  1. I created my own personal space
  2. I have only myself set in its Space Permissions
  3. I created a page in that personal space
  4. I didn't even bother setting restrictions on that page
  5. When I go to the Space Directory > Personal Spaces, I can see my personal space listed
  6. I logged in with my test account who has the Confluence Global Permissions as both a Confluence Administrator and a System Administrator
  7. Using this account, when I go to the Space Directory > Personal Spaces, I cannot see my personal space listed
  8. When i try to go to the URL of the space, it doesn't allow me to see it
  9. When i try to go to the URL of the page in that personal space it doesn't allow me to see it. 

Hi, @Geoff Wilson !

I did as you described, but checking under the Administrator test account - I still see the space and its pages.

Magic?)

Confluence Server 6.10.0

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