How to paste code properly in Confluence 4 Edited

Update 2018-06-26: This relates to the current version of Confluence in 2011. Please stop answering this question in relation to new versions (2017+)


When I paste code in Confluence 4, whether in a code block, preformatted text, or anywhere else, the whitespace is mangled and I need to correct it by hand.

Is there a way to correctly paste code so that my whitespace is preserved? Leading whitespace and empty lines in particular are causing the problem.

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Go to Insert

Insert Wiki Markup

Insert the following


Your code here...


You may modify the code first tag to format specific code type like java or xml.

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The other thing you can do is select Insert > Macro and select the Code macro. You should then be able to paste in that macro and it shouldn't be "mangled". If it is, you might want to raise a bug.

If I do that it adds an extra blank line between every line of code. (And no I'm not going to raise a bug - there are so many formatting bugs I assume it is just infeasible to fix them.)

It's very non-intuitive. Why do we even have a misleading 'Preformatted' styling option? I kept using this and wondering why it won't preserve any code indentation at all.

Now I know I have to use the Code Macro that is buried in the list of macros.

I like the Code Macro, but honestly, it NEEDS to be displayed in an accessible manner. The toolbar needs to have a dedicated button to insert Code with ONE CLICK (not Insert > Other Macros > search "code" > Click Code > Click Insert).

Yes, I know now that I can just type {code to get a code block quickly. But how is a beginner supposed to know that? When I first started, I tried using the most obvious option which is Preformatted text and I was frustrated at how finicky it is.

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Here is a way

Use a macro called "no format"
So be where you want to paste in the confluence document. Type a left curly bracket (uppercase the left square bracket), then start typing no format. Select the "no format" option. This creates a box that when you paste single spaced text it stays single spaced in the box.


Exactly what was wanted, thanks :-)

This works better than the accepted answer when your input starts with a single leading space. It also doesn't do syntax highlighting.

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  1. Edit the page
  2. Click on Insert
  3. Choose Wiki Markup
  4. Paste the same code onto the Wiki Markup window in between <tt>code</tt> tags
  5. Save the page and you will get the expected outcome

Here is my original solution:

1. Open Firefox (it doesn't work in Chrome and I haven't tested it in IE)

2. Paste the code into the page (not inside of a code block).

3. Highlight the code you just pasted, click Insert > Other Macro > Code

This will preserve the indentation. You still have to remove the duplicate line breaks.

4. Before you manually delete the line breaks:

  • save the page
  • reopen it for edit
  • manually delete the line breaks

For some reason, if you don't save first, the line breaks reappear.

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Joe Clark Atlassian Team Nov 03, 2011

There's already a bug report for this:

Add your vote and comment! :-)

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This issue has been resolved in Confluence 4.0.5 which is now available. Thank you for your patience.

How was it resolved? I still get blank lines every other line of code pasted.

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For HTML try these steps:

1. Copy and paste your code into this link:


3. Insert your cursor into the HTML (ignore the markup for brackets...) and copy all of the code

4. Open your Confluence page.

5. {code...: Paste the code into the code block and you will have good results.

I use similar for VB, C, etc, but agree: sometimes I have extra lines and cleanup.

Am I seeing that a bug was reported on this in 2011 and its now 2018 and the issue is not resolved??

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