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Search for pages without label


I have a set of pages, labelled as "active" or "inactive". It's important to me, that all pages have one of those labels.

As it might be that I forget to label a new page, I need to find unlabelled pages in my space (without checking each page one by one).

Unfortunately I was not able to find a way to search for unlabelled pages. All the solutions I found are very old and it seems, that those functions are not included in Confluence anymore.

Any ideas?



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Diego Atlassian Team May 27, 2020

Hello @Fabian_Holz !

As I understand, you need to search for all pages within a specific Confluence Space and those pages should not contain a specific list of labels.


There is a native way for us to get those results. It involves Confluence Query Language (CQL) and Representational State Transfer Application Programming Interface (REST API).

Here you can check our documentation:


Now, here is how we can get the desired content:

  1. Go to your Confluence site
  2. Go to your desired space
  3. Take note of the Space Key for that specific space
  4. Use the following query:"yourlabel","yourlabel2")?AND?type="page"?AND?space=YOURSPACEKEY
  5. The results should give you all the pages that do not contain the labels

A little explanation of the query above.

  1. The "" is your Confluence Site URL. You must replace the "yoursite" part with your site name.
  2. The "/rest/api/search" part tells Confluence you are asking for a REST call for a search
  3. The "?cql=label?NOT?IN("yourlabel","yourlabel2")?AND?type="page"?AND?space=YOURSPACEKEY" part is the actual query. You must replace "yourlabel", "yourlabel2", and "YOURSPACEKEY" with your desired labels and space key.
  4. Each "?" character is used to symbolize where a white space would be placed
  5. The type=”page” is what assures that the results will contain only pages and no blog posts, for example.


You can get your Space Key under Space Settings:

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Let me know if there is anything else I could assist you with!

Diego Atlassian Team Jun 29, 2020

Glad to know the query helped you! Let me know if there is anything else we could help you with.

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