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Confluence: Is there a way to hide the authors name (added by user) in every page globally?

Chitra Patil Apr 26, 2013

We don't want the author name to show up in our end user documentation. We don't need customers to know who created what page. Is there a plugin or setting that can hide the "added" and "edited" by user names in Confuence?

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David Simpson Community Leader Apr 29, 2013

If you want to do this globally including spaces with custom stylesheets, go to Confluence Admin | Look & Feel | Custom HTML and paste into At the end of the HEAD:

  #com-atlassian-confluence .page-metadata  {

I've aggressively upped the specificity with #com-atlassian-confluence just in case people are customising heavily.

Chitra Patil Apr 29, 2013

Thanks, David! This worked like a charm!

Damian Andre Nov 03, 2013

Great! is there a way to move it to the bottom of the page instead (just above comments?)

Manuela Schwendener Mar 02, 2018

Hi Damian, did you find a solution for this? It's what we'd like to do, too.

3 votes

I added

.page-metadata  { display:none; }

to the custom stylesheet of our documentation space (Browse > Space Admin > Stylesheet). We're using Confluence 4.
For more information on styling Confluence with CSS look here:

2 votes

Hi Chitra,

we hid the whole line using CSS.
Nevertheless, the information is in the HTML and can be retrieved if looking at the source of the page. To us, that didn't matter.


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Superuschi Apr 28, 2013

If you check the page layout in confluence admin / layout you will find the line

#parse ("/decorators/includes/page-metadata.vm")

If you want to hide the complete metadata line (created/updated information) you can just delete this line. But if you want to hide only parts of it, you have to look into the page-metadata.vm file and do your changes here.

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Fajar Suryawan Jun 06, 2013

I want to hide the author for a space or a specific page. How do I that in Confluence 5.x?

I could not find Kristin's step" Browse > Space Admin > Stylesheet " in our Confluence 5.1

Fajar Suryawan Jun 06, 2013

I found that Space Admins do not have access to the space's "Stylesheet" page. But members of "Confluence- administrators" do.

AndrewP Nov 18, 2015

Is there an answer for hiding this content based on a Page or Space only?

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Chitra Patil Apr 29, 2013

Hi Kirstin,
Can you please tell me where you hid the CSS line globally? We cannot hide in each and every page--we have 1000s of pages.

We are using Refinedwiki theme, so the default layout is not applied there. Any idea where I can find the .VM files? in the \install directory?

Superuschi Apr 29, 2013

For our installation it's in the confluence main folder (not application data), subfolder "confluence/decorators/includes", so our path is

C:\Program Files\Atlassian\Confluence\confluence\decorators\includes

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Chitra Patil Apr 29, 2013

Thanks everybody for your answers; I am yet to try out the suggestions.


We are not using the default theme at all; we are using the customized Refinedwiki theme--the global HTML is not applicable.

Not sure if changing the .vm file will work either. I will try and let you all know.

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Chitra Patil Apr 30, 2013

David's solution worked without going into the .vm file. Thanks everyone.

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R Donato Jul 23, 2014

Hello, I used David's css and it removes the entire line.

I would like to keep the date last edited though. How do I remove only the names?


You could add

.page-metadata .author { display: none; }

but this would only hide the authors name, not the text "Created by".

I suppose that you need Java script to hide this text, too.

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R Donato Jul 24, 2014

Thanks much! That worked.

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