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Import markdown into Confluence

According to the Confluence documentation on http://Importing Content Into Confluence, there is no supported way of importing markdown. Is this the case?

3rd party solutions seem not to work with current, self-hosted versions.

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There are a number of ways.

A. To insert markdown in the editor:

  1. Choose Insert > Markup 
  2. Select Markdown
  3. Type or paste your text - the preview will show you how it will appear on your page
  4. Choose Insert.

B. Use the Mardown macro which renders Markdown from a URL 

C. Use HTML Macro

  1. Use pandoc to convert your markdown file to html
    • e.g.  pandoc -f markdown -s -o myfile.html
  2. On your confluence page insert a HTML macro which allows the use of HTML code within a Confluence page.
    • Note that HTML macros are disabled by default.

This doesn't work at all for me. It just pastes my text as regular body text in the page, and removes a lot of whitespace. We're using Confluence hosted by Atlassian.

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Me too. The preview is fine, but then it's just a big block of regular text.

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I get the same.  Preview looks good, but text on actual page not rendered correctly. Example:  inserted markdown has a '# HeadingExample'.  Preview looks great.  On the page, this is rendered as plain text 'h1. HeadingExample'.

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Same for me. Furthermore, the markup button doesn't work a second time and I have to clear my browser's "Local Storage" to be able to display it again.

But to no avail as even using it a second time accomplishes nothing.

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About A) 

For me the Insert/Markup(Markdown) Macro sometimes works as expected, but sometimes *not at all*  (maybe with too large contents, or missing new lines ??)

If it's not working, trying to fix it in the form also often fails (vs fixing in external editor, and re-copy&pasting into the form)  

IMO It would be great if that tool would be more powerful and robust. At least providing some 'reparse' button (in case the live editing is too tricky for large contents') or maybe it could give some hints, about issues detected while parsing the MD?!

Wes Waugh I'm New Here Wednesday

The macro doesn't seem to exist anymore, neither does there exist an "Insert" menu anymore. When I copy *some* HTML from a page, some of it imports correctly, but things like `abc_*_foo` turn into bullet points... And when I paste the whole content, the editor acts like the clipboard is empty.

This solution may not work for everyone, but I wrote a tool to do just this. It takes a markdown file and uploads it to confluence. I use it to sync my notes daily. It's not perfect, but it works:

Another importer script, written in Python (haven't tested yet):

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I actually just copied, and pasted the rendered Markdown. Seems to work alright. The marcos were not working for me.

Indeed, copying the rendered Markdown ( from VS-code "Markdown Preview") works *quite* well, BUT/except code blocks (rendered via ``` code ``` sections) are not properly migrated (just as normal text)

Does anybody know a way to also get code-blocks migrated (in a MD file)?

Using pandoc, I just converted a page of Markdown (exported from the Notion app) into org-mode (an Emacs organizer/markup/task-management/everything "app"), and then used an export module to export that page to JIRA (Confluence) format. I could then paste that into a comment.

I wouldn't recommend it as a regular thing, but it did the job in this case, and I'm fairly fluent in all three markup languages, so I could fix something if it broke along the way.

Hi Jason,

These are the markdown add-ons that support server installations.  Of these, the only one that appears to do something close to an import is Marked, which is free and has very good reviews.  It allows you to point to a markdown file and show it in a Confluence page.

If this is a one time transfer of .md files, you might want to consider spinning up a free trial version of Confluence Cloud, installing the trial version of one of the Cloud markdown import add-ons (e.g. Confluence Pandoc), performing the import and then exporting the space and importing it into your server instance. (I've never tried this, so I don't know if it's possible, but it's worth exploring if you've got a large amount to import.)


Hi Jason,

We released an add-on which allows importing documents from different file formats like Markdown, Word, ODT and many others: All-in-one File Importer for Confluence

Please give it a try and give us feedback if you see any issues. You can install from here:

Currently this add-on works on Confluence cloud. If there is enough interest from Atlassian community, we are more than happy to release server version.

If you you have intermediate familiarity with Python, you may be able to create a simple utility that takes as input a MarkDown file, and creates a Confluence page (as a child of an existing ancestor) that is consistently styled. The utility will use Confluence Remote API, Python Requests, and Python Markdown.

Here are some resources for you:

Python Requests:

Python Markdown:

Confluence Server REST API:

Page Information:

The Page Information link is there because the Confluence Server REST API uses Page IDs, and you can use the Page Information menu item to obtain the Page ID of the Confluence page you're viewing.

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hulius I'm New Here Aug 16, 2019

If you have Notion, you can copy your markdown in it and then copy/paste it from Notion to Confluence.

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