space description macro with Confluence 5.4.2

Hi there, 

we are in the process of upgrading Confluence 4.3.7 to 5.4.2 (and than latter on to 5.8.x).

After the upgrade we've noticed the Adaptavist Theme Builder plugin does not include this macro:



Includes the space description text

Please advice how can we include the above macro since this change is affecting us quite heavily.

Thank you.


Dean D. Babic


3 answers

we don't remember having a macro called space-description in any version of ThemeBuilder. There is a way to get the space description with the new panel-info macro in ThemeBuilder

I suspect you have many pages using a macro called 'space-description'. To make the macro work without changing all the pages you could add a user macro which calls the ThemeBuilder panel-info macro:

  1. In Confluence Administration > User Macros > Create a User Macro
  2. Add these details, leaving options as default if not specified
  • Macro Name = space-description
  • Macro Title = Space Description
  • Description = Shows the description for the current space
  • Categories = Confluence Content
  • Template =

## @noparams

All the pages using the space-description macro should now show the information.

If you want to create a user macro that doesn't use the ThemeBuilder panel-info macro then use this code:

## @noparams
#set ( $spaceDescription = $space.getDescription() )

Hope this helps

Senior Webmaster | Adaptavist

Hi Sharon, 

thank you for your reply and provided solution. The Adaptavist Theme Builder is ver. 4.4.1 with Confluence ver. 4.3.7

Kind Regards

Dean D. Babic



Hi Sharon,

Just adding to my colleagues comments - when editing the 'Space Description' macro and you click on the documentation link, it attempts to take you to:

which then redirects you to:

Hope this info is of value.



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