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How to search attachments on Confluence file system?

Hi, I would like to search for attachments (by file extension) within Confluence. For example, if I want to search all Excel spreadsheets ending with *.xls, I can perform the /.*xls.*/ within the advance search. However, the search will yield over thousands of results. Although there are filters I can use to narrow down the results, I won’t be able to see anything about the file sizes. 

For many systems, I can use the Linux command line to obtain similar results. However, when running find . -type f -name \*.xls within the Confluence parent directory (above the attachments folder), zero results are returned. Does this mean Confluence doesn’t upload file attachments to /confluence-data/attachments? If Confluence doesn’t upload the files there, how come the attachment folder is by far the largest directory on the server?


du -hs * | sort -rh | head -5

848G    sandbox

148G    attachments

5.1G    index

1.1G    webresource-temp

837M    plugins-osgi-cache

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Robby Holtmann_IntraFind Software AG_
Marketplace Partner
Marketplace Partners provide apps and integrations available on the Atlassian Marketplace that extend the power of Atlassian products.
Jun 29, 2022

Hi @hoa pham 

iFinder Confluence Search is the solution you are looking for. This is a high quality Enterprise Search solution for Confluence and is available at Atlassian Marketplace.

This enterprise search solution delivers top results based on linguistic analysis and offers many additional features.  Especially if you have a lot of content in Confluence, searching via the navigation structure becomes very cumbersome. With iFinder Confluence Search all content can be found quickly and easily. In addition, over 600 file formats can be searched and found.


With this technology it is possible to connect also other data sources and applications (websites, Jira, Sharepoint, file shares, and many more).

With one search query in Confluence, all connected sources can be searched. 

These articles may help you:

Let me know, if you need further information or like to get a demo first.



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Srinatha T
Atlassian Team
Atlassian Team members are employees working across the company in a wide variety of roles.
May 26, 2022

@hoa pham  The files are not stored with the name as it displays on the page. It will be stored as 1 , 2 like that. 

In order to identify the location of the attachment you will have to apply some math . It is not straight forward.

Go though the below page to understand how attachments are stored. 



Srinath T

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Srinatha T
Atlassian Team
Atlassian Team members are employees working across the company in a wide variety of roles.
May 26, 2022

Hi @hoa pham ,

Welcome to Atlassian community. 

The attachments are stored on the server . Try the steps mentioned on the below URL, it should work. The files are stored in attachment directory under home directory. 


Srinath T

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