Search confluence through browser extension?

Are there any plans for a browser extension to search Confluence? instead of having to click a confluence bookmark and then type something in the search box, it would be easier to be able to do that right away.

or am i missing something that already exists?

thanks

tobias

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Hi Tobias,

On any site running Confluence if you right-click in the Confluence search box you'll get an option to:

  • Add as a search engine - Chrome
  • Add Keyword for This Search - Firefox

I suspect there are similar options for IE and Opera as well, but I don't have these browsers at hand to check.

If you added the keyword "confluence", for example, you could then type "confluence<SPACE><your search term>", e.g. "confluence user macros" in the browser address bar and it will automatically search the Confluence site that you added.

Does that do what you want?

Andrew.

thanks andrew, i didn't know this was possible, and it is certainly helpful. however, is there no option to have a search with autocomplete on? in my experience, after a while and with many users it may become difficult to remember the exact page where you put something, and then autocomplete helps a lot.

Hi Tobias,

I'm not aware of a way to add auto-complete to the standard keyword search in a browser, but it may be possible to write an extension or add-on to do this.

I did a quick search for existing extentions and add-ons for Chrome and Firefox and found the following:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/search/atlassian

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search/?q=atlassian&sort=name

but I don't think any of them quite do what you want - though the Atlassian History extension for Chrome is very useful for keeping track of which pages you visited in a site powered by an Atlassian application.

Andrew.

thanks andrew, i installed the history extension :-)

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To my delight, I found that this "just works" in Chrome:

  1. Right-click in the URL bar
  2. Choose "Edit Search Engines..." (see first screenshot)
  3. In the tab that comes up, look under Other search engines for Confluence
    • If it's not already on the list, you may have to add it with the Add button.  (For sample settings, see the third screenshot below.)
  4. To see the settings or change your activation keyword, click the vertical "..." button (shown in the second screenshot below), and choose Edit.  (My activation keyword is "conf")
  5. Now you can just just go to the URL bar, type "conf" and hit Tab, and search Confluence!  😁

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If it ever worked ... Today, six years later, the option refered by @tobias leenaert does NOT seem to work. I've just tried in Chrome (v. 64.0.3282.140) and Firefox (v. 58.0.1) on Windows 10 and I can't find the option under the right-click's contextual menu.

Well it used to work, but you are right, it is gone. Could be a Firefox thing (they deprecated other features like WebDav with recent updates.

Firefox still support OpenSearch metas. It would require Atlassian's developers to put back the metas & XML to allow this feature to work in major browsers.

  1. https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/OpenSearch
  2. http://blog.coredumped.org/2012/04/opensearch-how-to-get-google-chrome-to.html

Still works in Chrome but I'm not seeing how to do this in Firefox.

@Dallas Morrow how did you get it to work in Chrome?

I would love to know also.  It used to work for me "by default".  I would type "con", <TAB>, and it would auto-complete to "search confluence" and then I would type in my search term.  Fantastic functionality.  Sadly, I cleared my cookies one day, and the functionality stopped -- I'm guessing that wasn't a coincidence. 

This worked fine for me.  I suspect you need to be logged into the site before you try to search.

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