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Is public access for anonymous users really for anyone?


My company has a cloud-hosted Confluence site. So the URL is Currently, non-licensed users in company cannot view any spaces or content. Presumably because our admin has set up the site without Public/Anonymous access, as described below in the first link below.

I want non-licensed users - within my company only - to be able to read our content - read only is what I want. If I ask my site admin to set up public access, who will be able to see the content? Everyone on the web, just people in my company? The second link seems to indicate that I can achieve my goal with the 'add and invite users functionality', but will user need to have a paid-for licence?

Many thanks,


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Hi @Carlos Bode ,

the answer to your 2 main questions is two times "Yes".

Public access is really public access to anyone. And invited users will consume a license. As a workaround for your use case, it might be possible to use Confluence as a CMS and use a publishing app from the marketplace as an extension to expose certain content to a public website (e.g. scroll viewport

Hi @Carlos Bode

At the moment, Scroll Viewport only publishes content to the public web, as @Walter Buggenhout _ACA IT_ mentions, but we're working on adding the ability to require authentication before viewing the content. We're still working on this, so if you want to follow along, you could sign up for our newsletter.

Also, I noticed that Atlassian mentions "External Collaboration" here:

Not sure exactly what this means, but it seems like it may be helpful.

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