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Is it possible to link to a not-already-created undefined page in Confluence from an external site?

Kerrin Hardy Aug 23, 2012

I would like to make it easy for information to be added to our Confluence wiki by including a link from within one of our corporate systems. Ideally I would like to be able to hard code the first part of the link and then append each record name (produced by the corporate system) which then links to a wiki page of the same name. If the page already exists, it will open in Edit mode, but if the page does not already exist, then it creates it and opens it in Edit mode (just like an internal undefined page).

The link that an undefined page uses is in the format However, as the page has not already been created, we do not have an ID number. In any case, this means that we can't generate the links to the pages automatically either.

Is there a mode/setting that we can operate in that if you follow a link to a non-existent page, that rather than get a 'Page not found' message, a new page opens in Edit mode ready for adding content?

I hope I've explained this clearly - if not, please let me know.


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Go to a page and create a link to another page that doesn't exist and then look at the url. Something like:


Kerrin Hardy Sep 02, 2012

Thanks @bob-swift - that looks like it does the trick. linkCreation=true is the key.

I've not included the fromPageId though - do you think that this will cause any issues?

Kerrin Hardy Sep 03, 2012

Hi Bob

Just wondering if I could follow up with you on an extension to this question. I would love to also be able to provide a link that either opens up a page (if it exists) OR opens a new page in Edit mode (if it doesn't exist) with a page template applied.

I've tried the link below:

This works whether the page exists (opens in view mode) or not (opens in edit mode) - however it does not appy the page template.

I've also tried another alternative:

This applies the template and works fine if the page does not exist yet. But on subsequent visits to the link, it tries to create it again - rather than just open it in view mode.

What do you think? Is it possible?


Sorry, don't know. Maybe someone else can help?

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Kerrin Hardy Aug 28, 2012


This is something that we do with MediaWiki and it's important to be able to do this as part of the integration with our other IT management systems.

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Ben Simo Dec 06, 2012

I am encountering this same issue.

I'd like to link to a Confluence wiki from another system, and create the page if it does not already exist. I can do this with MediaWiki without any problem. However, Confluence requires I use different URLs depending on whether I want to create or view a page:

existingPage = wikidomain + "/display/" + wikispace + "/" + title;

newPage = wikidomain + "/pages/createpage.action?spaceKey=" + wikispace + "&title=" + title;

I tried throwing a Javascript wrapper over the application from which I want to link to Confluence pages that detects whether the page exists and then use the appropriate URL. However, this doesn't work due to browser security not permitting me to HEAD a URL that comes from another domain.
Is there any Confluence URL for pages that basically tells Confluence to show me the page if it exsits, and create it if it doesn't exist?
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Martin Cleaver May 23, 2013

Wow. This is standard functionality in wikis like Foswiki / TWiki.

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Gabriel Lozano-Moran Aug 12, 2013

I am sorry for reviving this thread but we are looking for exactly the same as Kerrin. We have an external system that links to the wiki, if a page exist it should show the existing page and if the page does not exist it should create a new one based on a template.


This url creates the page if it does not exist but opens the page in Edit mode if it exists (which is not the desired behaviour):


The following url creates the page if it does not exist and shows the page if it exists but the prob here is that I cannot use a template:


A late answer, but I think I figured this one out:<spacekey>&fromPageId=<parent page id>&templateId=<template id>

This works for me at least.

I added a post about this, and added a JavaScript feature to do this automatically for the page:

EDIT: had wrong link in the example solution

Brent Lewis Mar 27, 2014

Thank you Alex. I am trying this but not able to get the template to be applied (just use the URL above, not the javascript).

I got my template ID by copying the URL to edit it, taking the number of the entityId.


My full URL is

Any thoughts for what I'm doing wrong here?

Brent Lewis Mar 27, 2014

Disregard my prior message - it is working great. Not sure why it didn't work the first attempt but it is now so I'm happy!

I tried all of those:


But none of them worked! Maybe I'm using the wrong templateId - how can I figure it out?

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Donald Mull Aug 25, 2013

You can count me as yet another person that just assumed this features was a given.

I thought the linkCreation=true link would work but not all of my users have permissions to create/edit so it fails for them even if the page already exists.

I'm out of ideas here. Even the "not found" page doesn't have a create link on it. I'm simply trying to present a link to my users that takes them to the relevant page or if it doesn't exist (and they have permission to create) it starts the page for them.

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Jerome Bleichenbacher Sep 25, 2017 • edited

(sorry, wrong place for my post)

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