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Global delete labels

In our large confluence instance we want to delete strange/unwanted labels which have been created by unknown occasion/reason but to delete then manually from the pages is a tedieus task.

Is this prossible with sql, directly on the database or other plugin/option?

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Robert Chang Atlassian Team Dec 18, 2012

Hi Arthur,

Because of the foreign key, you'd need to remove the relevant entries form the content_label table first. For example:

DELETE FROM content_label WHERE labelid IN (SELECT labelid FROM label WHERE name = 'labelname');

Then follow that with:

DELETE FROM label WHERE name = 'labelname';

Please keep in mind this has not been tested, so be sure you back up your database first, or better yet, test this on a dev instance.

Thanks Robbert, this is realy something for a plugin to support Maintenance on larger installations. Do you now this on some backlog?

Hi Arthur,

Labels are stored in the LABEL table, so you could use SQL to remove the labels that way. The other option would be to use the Command Line Interface plugin as this will also allow you to manage and delete the labels stored in your Confluence instance.

All the best,


You could do it with Label Manager for Confluence plug in.
You could search for similar labels in a space and then merge them into one standard label.
You could also do bulk operations like appending , adding and removing labels.
Documentation is here:

When i try to delete a label is complains:

#1451 - Cannot delete or update a parent row: a foreign key constraint fails ("confluencedb"."CONTENT_LABEL", CONSTRAINT "FKF0E7436E27072AEF" FOREIGN KEY ("LABELID") REFERENCES "LABEL" ("LABELID"))

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