Downloading attachment from confluence URL

My application uses rest calls to get the download URL of an attachment in confluence documents page. The problem is if user is logged in to confluence, downloading works fine other wise it redirects to login page.

<a href="{id}/MyFile.txt" download></a>

It downloads login.htm if user is not logged in to confluence.

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Hi Faisal!

This is expected behavior.  By default Confluence does not allow anonymous access.

If you'd like to enable anonymous access, you can, by browsing to, (as a site admin), (Cog Icon) -> Global Permissions -> Anonymous Access.

This is clearly not ideal from a security standpoint, but it should work for what you're trying to do.


Hi Cody!

Thank you for your valuable response. As you mentioned its not ideal from a security standpoint, we also can't allow anonymous access as the documents are intellectual property. While user is logged in,  I've observed that confluence takes a JSESSIONID cookie in request headers when the download URL is accessed directly from browser and it works fine.

Can you suggest something which enables me to do the same in my application. I am using C# and javascript to make the calls.

Thanking in anticipation!

Hey Faisal!  Sadly that is well beyond my level of expertise...  I'll ask around and see if I can get any information for ya, but I'm personally not sure.  sad


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