Confluence Search Rank Explanation

Davin Studer Community Champion Dec 01, 2017

I seem to remember seeing somewhere a way to craft a search URL for Confluence that will explain why the results were returned the way that they are. I think it output some JSON showing how the ranking worked out. For the life of me I cannot seem to find the URL again. Anybody know what I am referring to?

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Brant Schroeder Community Champion Dec 01, 2017

I think that this is what you might be looking for:

The url that you use on your confluence site is in the first portion of the documentation.  http://<your confluence URL>/explain.action?queryString=keywords

Davin Studer Community Champion Dec 04, 2017

Yes! Awesome. I tried to find it, but I just must not have been searching for the right thing. Thanks a ton sir.


I wondered if the improved searching experience (as presented at Summit 2018) will affect the ranking mechanism.

Will there be new or other elements that influence the score of a document?

This Explain Action URL is super interesting. I noticed, however, it does not include attachments, which are a primary source of unwanted noise in our search results. Does anyone know why it doesn't show rankings for attachments? 

I am especially interested in this because the Explain Action URL shows how important the boostByModificationDate component is for pages - but the attachments Confluence returns in the search results are usually quite old.

Please feel free to point me to any other channels/forums where this has been discussed before. Thank you!

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