Removal notice:

Please note that the URL user and URL user password parameters were removed in 5.8.5 (see Deprecation notice: URL user and URL user password parameters). We recommend using  profiles to access external data.

The configuration settings affect the way certain parameters of the app's macros work, in general.

After installing HTML for Confluence, navigate to the HTML for Confluence Configuration screen:

  1. Log in with the System Administrator global permission.
  2. Select  > Manage apps.
  3. Either search for HTML for Confluence or scroll to Bob Swift Configuration, and click HTML to view app configuration.

Try this for older Confluence versions

  1. Navigate to  > Settings > Atlassian Marketplace on the sidebar.
  2. Scroll to Bob Swift Configuration and click HTML to view the configuration page.

The following configuration tabs are available:

Global Configuration

Use the toggles to enable or disable the Global Configuration settings.

Disable secure processingOffEnable this option to allow XSLT macro to use all XSLT features including substituting XML entity references with their actual values. This helps to control secure XSL processing. By default, this option is disabled. Available since version 5.1.0.
Restrict URL accessOff

Enable this option to restrict access to remote locations through the Location parameters in the Html-bobswift and XSLT macros. The specified URLs in the macro editors must conform to the Confluence Whitelist; provided, whitelisting is enabled. Available since version 5.3.0.

Confluence allows the administrator to turn on whitelisting to restrict incoming and outgoing connections to only those connections that are configured in the Whitelist settings. If enabled, the URL parameter of the HTML for Confluence macros is also restricted to the URLs that are configured in the Whitelist settings for Confluence only.

Allow JavaScriptOn

Enable this option to use Javascript in the HTML for Confluence macros. If enabled, the usage of Javascript in the macros is not restricted and thus, users must be advised about the potential security issues if this feature is not used correctly. If disabled, this option to prevent users from using JavaScript in the HTML for Confluence macros. Available since version 5.4.0.

You can also control Javascript usage on pages that are using the HTML for Confluence macros by enabling the relevant entries in the Macro Security for Confluence Configuration page. Refer to Macro Security Configuration to understand how to enable macros and this section for information specific to HTML for Confluence macros.

Show JavaScript warningOff

Enable this option to control the display of a warning if usage of JavaScript in the macros is restricted. Available since version 5.8.8.

This option is enabled only if Allow JavaScript is disabled.

If the Allow JavaScript parameter is disabled and users then add JavaScript content in macros, a warning is displayed. Use this parameter to hide this warning message.

Blacklist domainsOff

Enable this option to blacklist certain domains. By default, this option is disabled for backward compatibility. Available since version 5.6.0.

If enabled, and if a request from any of these sites is received, an error message is displayed. However, if users still need to access a blacklisted site, they must contact their administrator to disable this option. 

If this option is disabled, access to all domains is permitted!

Click the link named listed (in the description beneath the option) to view a pre-defined list of the most commonly blacklisted domains in a pop-up window. The following sites are blacklisted:

Blacklist domain valuesPre-defined set of domains

Enter a comma separated list of domains to be blacklisted. This field is enabled only if the Blacklist domains parameter is enabled.

Domains can be added, updated or deleted from the pre-defined entries that are given in the listed link of the Blacklist domains parameter. Available since version 5.8.0. 

If the Blacklist domains parameter is enabled and this text area is left blank, the macros intrinsically reverts back to the pre-defined values (given in the listed link of Blacklist domains) as blacklisted domains. Thus, access to the pre-defined domains is restricted once the Blacklist domains parameter is enabled.

Help us improve the productOnEnable this option to allow us to collect some usage data that helps us improve our product. To learn more about what is being sent, refer to Analytics dataAvailable since version 5.4.0.

Apply restrictions through Macro Security for Confluence

Since release 5.7.0, the HTML macro name has changed from HTML to Html-bobswift to comply with Atlassian requirements. Existing pages that use the HTML macro name with the Macro Security macro are unaffected, and for any new macro additions to render HTML content, specify the same HTML configurations for the Html-bobswift macro name as given for the HTML macro. In such cases, parameters for both, HTML and Html-bobswift, macro names must be added in Macro Security for Confluence Configuration to render the HTML content on the pages correctly. Any entries made for the XSLT macro remain unaffected and hence, the entries made for this macro can be retained as-is in the Macro Security configuration. The macro parameters that must be specified in Macro Security for Confluence Configuration for any of the HTML for Confluence app macros are as follows:

For HTML macro:

  • Key: html
    Value: *ANY
  • Key: html.allowJavascript
    Value: *ANY
  • Key: html.profile.*
    Value: *ANY

For XSLT macro:

  • Key: xslt.profile.*
    Value: *ANY
  • Key: xslt
    Value: *ANY

As an administrator, you must manually add the following entries for the Html-bobswift macro name in Macro Security for Confluence Configuration > Secured macros:

For Html-bobswift macro:

  • Key: html-bobswift.profile.*
    Value: *ANY
  • Key: html-bobswift
    Value: *ANY
  • Key: html-bobswift.allowJavascript
    Value: *ANY

If any of these entries are not available in Macro Security for Confluence Configuration, a user gets an error message, "Security restricted macro with parameter 'profile' is not allowed. An edit restriction is required that matches the macro authorization list.". 


Profiles are a common set of parameters used to access content from external locations. Available since 5.7.0. 

Use profiles to:

  • Allow user authentication as required by some URLs to be hidden from page viewers and editors. Only Confluence administrators have access to this information.
  • Enable macro editors to quickly configure the macro by reusing a shared definition for URL access. 
  • Make lesser changes to page contents when base URLs are relocated as relative addressing is used in profiles. 
  • Macro configured URL (that is not a full URL) is appended to the profile provided URL. This absolute URL then points to the actual location of the content to be rendered.

    The base URL of the remote location to be accessed must be given in profiles, and the raw URL must be entered in the Location of HTML data or Location of XML data fields in the respective macros' editors. 

    A raw URL is defined as the part of the URL following the domain information and includes the query string, if present. For example, in the URL string, the raw URL is /articles/recent.aspx.

The page displays a list of profiles available for the macros. You can perform the following actions on this page:

  • Click  to edit the profile details.
  • Click  to remove the profile.

To create a new profile, click Add Profile to open a pop-up window as:

Profile name

Enter a name for the profile. Profile names given here are populated in the Profile field in the macro editors.

This name must be unique; else, the details specified overwrites the details of the existing profile. This may cause errors in pages where the profile is used.

Profile typeSpecify whether this is a URL, GitLab, or GitHub address. The default option for this parameter is URL.

Enter the URL of the remote location to be accessed. It is recommended to provide the base URL here. 

A raw URL must be provided in Location of HTML data and Location of XML data in the respective macros' editors.

If the Profile type is either GitLab or GitHub, a default URL is displayed here that is editable.

User; Password

Enter the username and password, if required, to access the specified URL. 

Specify either the User and Password parameters or the Access token, as an access token is also a means of user authentication. It is recommended to use either of the user authentication methods but not both.

Access token

Enter an access token or an API token for the application or service to be connected with. 

If this parameter is specified, ensure that the User and Password parameters are left empty. It is recommended to use either of the user authentication methods but not both.

Each application has its own method of generating tokens. Access tokens or API tokens are a means of user authentication; so, if mentioned, this token is used for authentication instead of using user credentials.

  • Tokens are generated for a user after the application or service to be connected verifies the user's credentials. 
  • Enter the generated token here for a seamless connection between the app's macros and the application or service.

Here are some of the links associated with GitLab and GitHub applications to generate a personal access token:

URL parametersMention any extra parameters (for the query string) that must be appended to the specified URL here. 
Request headers

Displays the request headers created as per the given information. Request headers are name or value pairs that are added to the request. For example, GitHub requires the following request headers be specified: Authorization: token $accessToken, Accept:application/vnd.github.v3.raw

This field is automatically populated with a comma-separated list of name or value pairs using the provided information. If required, enter additional name or value pairs separated with commas.

Click Save profile to create the profile.

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