I would like to edit a Confluence page title, but I also want to keep its url: many people bookmarked pages and I don't want to break them.
Can I edit a page title but keep the previous url? (there's no special characters in title, so the page url looks like https://myConfluenceServer/display/foo/the+page+title)
Not the "friendly name" - the friendly name of a page is always derived from the page's title. Change the title, change the url.
But Confluence pages do have a fixed id and the url that you get if you do include special characters in a title will work for it because it is based on the id, and if you look in the page properties, a short link that does not change.
In reality, even if they have bookmarked a page whose title has changed, Confluence will try to suggest where the page has moved to. It works pretty well in my experience. After the user has been redirected, they can update their bookmarks.
Bottom line, I wouldn't worry about it. Just change the title as you see fit
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