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is there a way in Confluence to make documents public or to give read-only rights? That way we would avoid having to add client users (developers developing against our API’s) as paid licensees in our platform.

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Alternative idea: export your Confluence space to an external website using the Scroll Viewport app, and externalize the content that way.

Hey @Thomas Capacci , 

I'm Shannon from K15t, the vendors of the Scroll Viewport app that Aron mentioned above. Scroll Viewport would be a great option for this. We use it ourselves to deliver our website and help center from Confluence. 

An alternative here would be Scroll Documents, which you can use to create a public library for your documents and even multi-page documents. You can create and maintain them in an internal space and then simply copy them over to a public space when you'd like to make them publicly accessible / read-only. Here’s a blog post that outlines this solution, with a couple examples of live public sites and libraries. It's available on both Cloud and Server.

If you have any questions about either app, we're happy to help or show you a demo. Just get in touch with us:


Shannon (K15t) 

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Thomas Schlegel Community Leader Jul 11, 2019

Hi @Thomas Capacci ,

you can make a space readable for anonymous users. Then this space behaves just like a public webpage without any authorization. 

But you can only enable this permission for a whole space, not for single pages within the space.

Hi @Thomas Schlegel 

Thanks for the heads up so this happens when I make a space public and then I need to assign the space permissions as I want (as decribed here

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