Can I setup a forum in Confluence?


I'm completely new to Atlassian's software solutions. I'm currently evaluating a combination of Jira and Confluence for our business. Additionally, we would like to setup an internet/intranet support forum (should support setup of internal/external user privileges). Can I setup such a forum with Confluence or do Atlassian have an additional software solution for running forums?

Thanks in advance,

- Morten

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Hi Morten,

I have been investigatin Forum options for Confluence and the result is not promising.

I totally agree with your comments on Community Bubbles.

Unfortunately we had jumped on Confluence boat without proper investigation and we are kind of stuch with it. (for now)

As far as I know Jira became almost an industry standart.

I suggest you to look HigherLogic ( which are great for professional/social networking.

It may the answer to your questions.

It is very flexible so eventhough you'd like to go with Jira without confluence they can figure out a way to connect two systems. (they may already have)

I hope this helps.



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Community Bubbles is a free plugin which provide that functionality.

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kindly have a look at this

i believe vbulletin can be modified to use your crowd or jira authenticator.

Thank you for the quick response. So Atlassian is not offering their own natively integrated forum solution? I find this very strange considering they offer so many different software solutions. That could be is a deal breaker for us in regards to choosing a Jira + Confluence solution.

I am aware of Community Bubbles. To be honest, my first impressions aren't that positive. It has a 2/4 star rating, looks "amateurish" and I lack some documentation on the possibilities for setting up separate front-end views for internet/intranet access.

I am looking for a professional forum solution like IP.Board and vBulletin. We need 24/7 support, more than 300 concurrent user sessions, and full integration with our defect management and collaboration tools. I'm not sure if Community Bubbles can deliver that, but I'll give it a try.

Dear partners, 

But why after install community bubbles, it showed the message as shown as below:


thank you.


I would say it said so due to a fact that bubbles community forums are no longer supported by JIRA, they are being archived now, sorry to tell you news, im searching for forums also.

@Dalibor Selucky- I am sorry to have to be rude, but everything you've just said there is wrong.

1.  Bubbles was never a Jira function, it was for Confluence

2.  It was renamed to "Community forums" a few years ago (This is a good reason not to comment on 5 year old questions!  It is out of date)

3.  Community Forums is fully supported through to the latest version of Confluence (6.6 at the time I wrote this), see

Hello Nic,

thank you for correcting me, youre not being rude at all. 

1) I got slightly meshed all atlassian products altogether, thats why i perceive them as one, as we use confluence, jira, preprod and such.


2) Im glad some forums are still supported, as we are searching for one to have.

Ah, I see.  Not sure what preprod is, but I can understand why the Atlassian stack is sometimes described incorrectly.

My sales guys would tell me off if I didn't suggest you have a trial of Community Forums :-)

Thank you, actually im right now preparing documents for our JIRA customer desk and having a forum is one of features we want. I suggested 3 possibilities, one of them is Adaptavist indeed.

Yet we are searching for a forum for our customers also, to contribute, to ask questions and to talk about their issues there. And with current pricing, that would be very costly if all our customers had created an forum account to talk to us. 

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