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ELI5: How do I disable a user in Confluence using a rest API

Hey all

I'm trying to automate as much of my life as possible so I want to disable users via a script. I just can't seem to figure out why I can't get any joy on disabling users in my confluence space. The command I'm running is as follows

curl -i -H "Authorization: Bearer <TOKEN>" -X PUT --data '{"active":"false"}' https://<URL>/rest/api/user?username=<username> --header 'Content-Type: application/json' --header 'Accept: application/json'

And I've tried a bunch of different variations but I cant get any joy


Explain like I'm 5: How do I make it work?

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Hi @Mark Robbins .
Welcome to the Atlassian Community :)

Currently there's no REST API to deactivate a user on Confluence.
See CONFSERVER-56205 and CONFSERVER-54928 for future reference on this feature.

As a workaround you may want to use the legacy RPC API methods for it.

You may need to do the following:

  1. Turn off secure administrator sessions.
  2. Enable the remote API .
  3. Run the API call below, making the necessary changes on the parameters.




curl -s \
-H "Content-Type: application/json" \
-H "Accept: application/json" \
-d '{ "jsonrpc" : "2.0", "method" : "'${JSON_RPC_METHOD}'", "params" : ["'${TARGET_USERNAME}'"], "id": 7 }' \


On the above I'm using basic authentication with username and password.
You can change it to the access token authentication as you mentioned.

Let me know if that works.


Kind regards,
Thiago Masutti

Hey @Thiago Masutti 

Thanks for coming back to me. That's probably not gonna work out in my environment unfortunately. 

I assume that in the SQL db there is something flagging that the user is active yes? something that could be modified or deleted to switch the user to inactive?


Kind Regards 


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