Configure server settings in for Confluence Server and Data Center

You can configure a number of settings for the backend in Confluence Server. These settings are entered as a list of key=value pairs.

  1. As an administrator, click on the gear icon, then select General configuration.
  2. Under the add-on section in the left panel, click on Configuration.
  3. Click on the Configuration tab.
  4. Paste your configuration in the Server Configuration field, then click Save changes.

Supported key=value settings

  • externaliconsearch: Set a flag to enable or disable the use of the external image search service for icons in the editor. The default is 1 (enabled).

  • customlibs: Toggle the custom libraries feature on or off. The default is 1 (enabled).

  • viewerurl: Set the location of the JavaScript file needed to display diagrams exported to HTML. You can host this file within the intranet. The default is

  • emailpreview: Toggle whether diagram previews in emails and rest API calls are enabled or disabled. The default is 1 (enabled).

  • macrooutputtype: Sets viewer container layout. Available values are block and inline. Default is block. Since 9.4.1

  • disableplaceholders: When set to 1 placeholders are disabled across diagrams. By default placeholders are enabled, this flag is for companies with strict personal information controls that want to avoid accidental leaking of PII like name of last editor. Since 9.8.0

  • vsdurl: You cannot convert .vsd and .vss files on the Confluence Server instance itself. Note the entire diagram file is sent to our servers, which have our usual strict security policies applied. Contact your support channel for the URL to use.

  • emf2png: Our external servers can also be used to convert .vsd and .vsdx diagrams that contain EMF images to prevent some converted shapes displaying as black rectangles with crosses. You cannot convert EMF images on the Confluence Server instance. Contact your support channel for the URL to use. Only the EMF image is sent to our servers, which have our usual strict security policies applied.

  • serveroffline: Set a flag to enable or disable the use of any external services from the Confluence server(s). These are extended icon search and cross-domain proxy load.

The extended icon search uses external servers to find additional matches for shape search queries search service for icons after the built-in search runs out of matching icons. Queries are anonymised at the servers and deleted after the request is made. Enabling serveroffline disables this extended search.

If external images are embedded into the diagrams, that are hosted cross-domain from the domain of the Confluence server, the browser cannot generate an image output of the diagram due to CORS errors. In order for cross-domain images to be displayed in diagram image representations, they must be loaded via a proxy server. The server is external to avoid SSRF issues with the Confluence Server loading the images. Enabling serveroffline disables proxying.

The default is 0 (external calls enabled).

For example, several of these settings have been added to the Server Configuration field.

Configure the Server Settings for in Confluence Server