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How to login to confluence using REST API


For Login,
* In JIRA, API there is POST /rest/auth/1/session
* In Confluence, is there something similar equivalent API for confluence login ?

We couldn't find in Confluence REST API browser or in documentation. Just wondering how to get this.

I am planning to use VBA to communicate with confluence using confluence rest APIs to post the  data we have generated on the macro enabled(.xlsm)  excel workbook.

This is required for our activities to login & upload content

Appreciate if any advise/suggestions

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or you can pass a header with a bearer token. example for cURL

-H "Authorization: Bearer <your personal access token>"


there is more info at:

I am behind a corporate proxy so the solution above didn't work for me, what I needed to do is to log in first, save the JSESSIONID as a cookie and then use it in subsequent calls. 

This is a basic example in python

import json
import httplib2
import urllib

get_url = "https://<your confluence url>/rest/api/content/<your page id>?"
login_url = "https://<your confluence url>/dologin.action"
username = "<your user name here>"
password = "<your password>"

h = httplib2.Http(".cache")

headers = {'Content-type': 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded'}
body={'os_username': username, 'os_password': password}
resp, content = h.request(
headers = headers,
cookies = resp.get("set-cookie")
headers = {'Cookie': cookies}

response, content = h.request(get_url, 'GET', headers=headers)

obj = json.loads(content)
print (obj['body']['storage']['value'])

Hello @David Caballero ,


Your way worked for me.

Do you know how I can make script to update a page everyday and write content to it using a script?


1 vote


I also did not find such REST call. But you can pass authentication in headers. Yes, you would pass it with every REST call but it would do the job.

Hi Alexey,

Thanks for the reply, can you please suggest the confluence login API for this.

That is example for the JQUERY

//This creates a page in a space.
var username = "admin";
var password = "admin";
var jsondata = {"type":"page",
 "title":"My Test Page",
 "body":{"storage":{"value":"<p>This is a new page</p>","representation":"storage"}}};
    type: "POST",
    url: "http://localhost:8080/confluence/rest/api/content/",
    contentType:"application/json; charset=utf-8",
    dataType: "json",
    async: false,
    headers: {
        "Authorization": "Basic " + btoa(username+ ":" + password)
    data: JSON.stringify(jsondata),
    success: function (){
        console.log('Page saved!'); 
    error : function(xhr, errorText){
  console.log('Error '+ xhr.responseText);

You can read more here 

Like Zhou TK likes this

Not so nice solution... If you make a lot of requests in high frequency, Confluence will probably get problems to perform all the authentication requests... So, most probably at some point Confluence authentication will fail and the user will need to enter CAPTCHA in the end. And for an automated user this is a problem.

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