Using markdown tables

According to it should be possible to insert tables via Markdown syntax. The example is exactly this:

| Day     | Meal    | Price |
| --------|---------|-------|
| Monday  | pasta   | $6    |
| Tuesday | chicken | $8    |

However, when pasting exactly that code into Confluence (via the “Insert Markup” macro), what I get is definitely not a table, but rather arbitrarily formatted text.

Am I missing something or is that feature “only” broken?

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Is this being looked at?  I am trying to transfer some API docs to confluence and need the tables.

I'm facing the same issue as well.

Same here. I'm on version 6.11.0

Confluence is killing me. There are exactly ZERO intuitive ways to paste columnar data into HTML tables on the cloud version (because HTML macro not available). This is a CORE feature for content writers. How can they be messing this up so bad?

Because they mess up so many things, in so many ways. Their code is one big pile of technical debt.

Markdown tables still not rendering on Confluence Cloud as of April 3, 2018.

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Thomas Schlegel Community Champion Apr 18, 2017

Hi Carsten,

you're right. This table markdown is not working. It works (more or less), if you change the markup type to "Confluence Wiki".




Thanks for your feedback. I noticed that and actually, I’m using that at the moment, but I hoped to be able to use a more familiar format.

Shouldn't this be fixed?  I am using confluence and using the Confluence Wiki fixes the table, but the rest of the markdown does not work.

Just ran into this issue as well. Changing the markup type to Confluence Wiki does work, more or less, but then it will break any other Markdown that you're trying to add at the same time. One fewer hoop to jump through would be great!

I just tried it today in Confluence 1000.0.0-bb4822b3c2b. Pasting once for Markdown and re-pasting each table as Wiki works but is a real pain. Bad enough you cannot use just plain Markdown for native editing.

Yeah, plain text editing without the auto-formatting "feature" is a must. And that's true for Jira too. C'mon, let us developers code instead of fighting with text formatting...

Yeah, we really need native support for Markdown in Confluence. 

Please add markdown table support

1 vote

This is impacting my work as well. C'mon Atlassian

**It's still not working!!!**

Was able to use html <table> tags to work with tables in confluence markdown page

OK. To anyone evaluating Confluence for mass content creation:


Atlassian has gotten too far over it's skis. There may be a future where they comment on important features customers are asking. There is hope in that they abandoned HipChat. Hopefully some of the staff that doesn't leave can be repurposed for customer interaction on requested features, including at least the communication of a roadmap within a one year timeline of important issues being raised. 

Until you see a regular cadence of communication in this community, please including a low community strength score during your product evaluations.



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Trying to work with the Confluence Wiki markup, the formatting of background colours seems to be all over the shop. When setting the colour, it will take UNLESS you actually put text into the "Cell". As soon as you put a header or text in there, the background colour reverts to default.

Apologies for hijacking the thread, but I'm getting completely exasperated at trying to find a comprehensive example of formatting backgrounds/cell colours using markup language rather than having to manually edit it!

I have an excel spreadsheet (no booing at the back there! :) which has one cell into which I've carefully crafted the markup required to insert a table-plus table and info boxes in the appropriate cells. However, a simple thing like trying to make a cell change colour seems to be eluding me, I've read so many web pages on what to do, but the majority of these all point to having to manually edit the cells once the table has been inserted.

Is there any chance of someone here giving me an "aha!" moment......pleeeeeease!!

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You can create a 1x1 table and paste from Exel. Not ideal, but it beats retyping things.

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