Links to applications in Confluence

Confluence appears to greatly limit the type of URL links that can be specified, stripping them if they do not conform to http: protocol specifiers. It sometimes allows those of type file:, but its quite unpredictable whether or not it will accept those links.

We need our Confluence pages to use a broader range of protocol URLs, including those that invoke applications such as those that use the onenote: protocol to invoke Microsoft One Note. We also need to be able to address volume IDs in the file: protocol (e.g., file://E:\Mypath).

Is there a way we can bypass Confluence's checks in order to specify whatever URL we need to?

1 answer

0 vote
Davin Studer Community Champion Oct 06, 2014

You can put in the file protocol. It has to be on the web link panel.

image2014-10-6 11:21:56.png

Now, keep in mind that out of the box this will only work on IE, and only if your environment hasn't locked down the file protocol. There are Chrome and Firefox(Options ->Advanced->Trusted->Allow local links) extensions to enable the file protocol, but by default these browsers won't use the file protocol. Also, the file protocol will only work if the file is on every machine at the specified path, or the file is shared via a UNC path such as file://///server/path/to/file.doc ... yes, you need five slashes. The first three (file:///) are the protocol. The next two are the beginning of the UNC path (//server/path/to/file.doc).

Suggest an answer

Log in or Sign up to answer
Atlassian Community Anniversary

Happy Anniversary, Atlassian Community!

This community is celebrating its one-year anniversary and Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes has all the feels.

Read more
Community showcase
Sarah Goff-Dupont
Published 6 hours ago in Confluence

Think you know shares vs. @mentions in Confluence? Take this collab quiz.

To anyone who doubts that Atlassians are a little too obsessed with collaboration, and tools related thereto, let me describe a recent discussion we had (which took place on our internal Confluence, ...

71 views 2 3
Read article

Atlassian User Groups

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find a group

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find my local user group

Unfortunately there are no AUG chapters near you at the moment.

Start an AUG

You're one step closer to meeting fellow Atlassian users at your local meet up. Learn more about AUGs

Groups near you