How to bulk delete Confluence page history

I am looking for a way to easily bulk delete Confluence page history. We have automation in place which allows data on a wiki page to be autogenerated. Whenever when the data is updated many times, this can create a large amount of unwanted history. We would like to be able to delete the page history using automation from time to time.

I see that there is a copy space plugin ( which provides this type of support, however I do not want to have to copy a space to delete the history in it. More over some of the history within the space I would want to keep.

I note that the REST API, has the ability to query the history information for a page, i.e. /rest/api/content/{id}/history. Could that be used to delete the history for a page? I would not appear as such since only GET is supported.

4 answers

1 accepted

4 votes
Answer accepted

After using the Confluence Command Line Interface, we found that the following allowed us to remove page revisions:

./ --user ${USER} --password ${PASSWORD} --action removePageVersions --space "${SPACE}" --title "${LINE}" --limit "${LIMIT}"

we also followed up with the following to clean up the space:

./ --user ${USER} --password ${PASSWORD} --action removeTrash --space "${SPACE}"

HI Davin or anyone,

I'm a beginner, can you please direct me to info to learn more ab out a CLI and how it works? Is there any training you'd recommend? Thank you,

Example, how specifically would I get removePageVersions to work in Confluence using CLI If I installed it?

I am constantly deleting previous versions of a page one at a time which is most annoying!



Which Confluence version are you running on? Go for Conf 5.0 if you haven't yet.

There is a feature on deleting a version of a page. All thanks to this -

We use Confluence 5.5. Yes I am aware that there is a feature to manually delete history one at a time. However, when a page has 59 history instances and there are many pages with the same amount of history, performing this activity manually is extremely time consuming and quite boring. Surely it can be automated in some way. I am aware that there is a feature request to be able to manage history (CONF-27701), however it is still open and has not been started. Are there any other options?

Yes, bulk delete - w/o resorting to command line would be great. I'm painfully deleting 100+ versions now. sad Happy holidays! smile

0 votes
Davin Studer Community Champion Aug 03, 2014

Check out the Confluence Command Line Interface. It has options for removing page versions.

How about confluence cloud? 

Suggest an answer

Log in or Sign up to answer
Community showcase
Published Mar 12, 2019 in Confluence

Confluence Admin Certification now $150 for Community Members

More and more people are building their careers with Atlassian, and we want you to be at the front of this wave! Important Dates Start the Certification Prep Course by 2 April 2019 Take your e...

1,041 views 2 13
Read article

Atlassian User Groups

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find a group

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find my local user group

Unfortunately there are no AUG chapters near you at the moment.

Start an AUG

You're one step closer to meeting fellow Atlassian users at your local meet up. Learn more about AUGs

Groups near you