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Page Status as a condition for automation purposes


I want to create automation rules that trigger based on a page status value. Are there any references for page status as a condition?

There already is a trigger for the page status. But if I want to combine that with a cron trigger...




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Hi @Andreas Schmidt

this one gave me headaches.

From what I see, it seems like the content or page smartValues are not loaded with data inside a branch rule - don't ask me why...

Generally speaking, {{content.status}} should provide you with the status name for a page and whilst it does so in the first level of a rule (no branch), it is not working inside the branch rule.

Long story short: {{content.status}} inside an advanced compare condition should do the job - due to whatever reasons it does not.

I checked with different branching approaches (cql and the page one) but both seem to not work properly for that matter.

Furthermore, I checked with another trigger to proof my suspicion: When using {{content}} inside a branch rule with a trigger that sets {{content}} (e.g. Comment added) - the {{content}} smart value inside the branch will remain the one from the trigger. 

From my point of view, this is a bug. I will go ahead and contact the A4C product team about this and let you know if there are any updates.


Hi Gideon,

Thanks for the reply. It confirms issues I had with {{content.status}}. 


@Andreas Schmidt 

Depending on what the automation action is you want to trigger, I recommend looking into the dedicated Confluence content lifecycle management app Better Content Archiving. In the past 15 years, the app has been the go-to tool for Confluence users for automatic page status classification, content owner notifications, content review workflows, and automatic archiving.

After the Data Center (Server) version, now it's available for Confluence Cloud! You can request the Early Access version by dropping me a line at


Anyone who is interested in a dedicated app to manage the content lifecycle for Confluence (that also scales for large teams' requirements) instead of navigating automation rules is welcome to try Better Content Archiving for Confluence Cloud! (Join our Slack for faster exchange.)

Learn more here about the EAP and watch the tutorial video here!

It's free until the GA release and Early Access users are in for discounts at the official launch.

(Please note that I'm part of the team developing Better Content Archiving for Confluence.)

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