Markdown from a URL macro - Cloud

Deprecation notice:

Please note that the URL user and URL password parameters are deprecated and will be removed on March 31, 2022. We recommend using profiles to access your data from remote locations.

The Markdown from a URL macro renders Markdown content from URLs or from profiles. Profiles are a means of retrieving data from other external sources such as other applications or even databases. You can read more about profiles from this link

Markdown content containing links or images referring to a public location can be accessed and then rendered. Currently, any links or images that refer to a private repository, or a location that must be logged in to, cannot be accessed and thus, rendered; watch this ticket for updates.

Points to remember!

  • Only raw URLs must be given in either, the URL field in profiles or the URL to markdown file field, in the macros. 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.
  • It is recommended to specify absolute URLs to access files from public locations and to use profiles to access files from private sources. For example, a raw URL that can access a Markdown file in a public Bitbucket repository is valid. But to render a Markdown file located in a private repository, we recommend using a profile.
  • Profiles are a means to access and retrieve contents from external applications such as Bitbucket, GitLab or GitHub. A profile already contains the base URL and the required credentials (user credentials or an access token) to access the relevant application.
  • This method allows multiple users to access a profile across pages and instances of the macro.

Basic use

This macro can be deployed using one of the following methods:

Selected from the Macro BrowserMarkdown from a URL
Markup Shortcut{markdown-url}


Macro specific parameters

Macro Editor LabelDefaultDescriptionMacro Parameter

Enter a profile name. Administrators set up profiles to connect to other applications such as GitHub or GitLab. Profiles contain a basic set of parameters used to access a remote location such as the type of URL, user credentials, and so on. 

  • Contact your administrator to know more about the profiles used in your instance. To know more about how profiles are configured, refer to this link.
  • If a profile is specified, it is recommended to provide the relative path to the location of the Markdown file to be rendered.
URL to markdown file

Enter the relative path to the Markdown file to be displayed. If a valid path is entered here, the macro accesses the given location and processes the Markdown content accordingly.

A profile comprises a base URL and other credentials that are required to access a specific application. These details point to the actual location where the required Markdown file is available. The contents are then accessed and displayed through the macro.

  • Specify only raw URLs referring to a Markdown file in a public location (that does not require to be logged in) here! 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.
  • If an absolute URL is entered here, the macro reads content from the specified URL. If a profile is also specified, the macro ignores the given profile and processes content through the given URL.
  • URLs are processed using a fixed precedence explained as follows:

    1. If Profile is specified, the macro appends the URL given here with the URL specified in the profile configuration, and accesses the location to render the required file.
    2. If profile is not specified, the URL are processed as-is and the required file is rendered.
URL user
Enter the user name for the given URL to access the required Markdown file.user
URL password
Enter the user password for the given URL to access the required Markdown file.password
URL connection timeout
Enter time in milliseconds such that URL connections does not disconnect before getting data. Use this to increase the access time needed for slow connections. Note that if a zero is given the connection may wait infinitely.timeout
File encodingUTF-8

Specify the encoding for an external file, if different from default system handling.


It is mandatory to specify either a profile or a URL for this macro.

How profiles and URLs are processed in the macro

Depending on the values provided for the Profile and URL to markdown file parameters, the following process applies:

Is Profile given?

(Y - Yes, N - No)

Is URL to markdown file given?

(Y - Yes, N - No)

Macro behavior
YNAccesses the URL specified in the profile through the pre-configured information.
NYAccesses the URL specified and renders the Markdown content as required.
YYAppends the URL mentioned in the URL to markdown file parameter to the URL configured in the profile. Thus, the macro creates an absolute path to the Markdown file. If this path is not valid, a network error message is displayed. Contact your Confluence administrator to know how you can resolve the issue.

Common parameters

The following parameters are available for all the Markdown macros:

Macro Editor LabelDefaultDescriptionMacro Parameter
Find regex patterns

Enter a comma-separated list of regex patterns to post-process the output for Markdown content with find and replace logic.

Example: (href=)(/display)


Enter a comma-separated list corresponding to find patterns via index position in the list. These are single quote entries containing a comma.

Example: $1$base_url$2

Allow HTML tagsfalseSelect this option to allow HTML tags in the macro body. The option is deselected by default. allowHtml
Hard wrap newlinestrue

Select this option to display content on separate lines. This is a GitHub Flavored Markdown extension and is selected by default.

TextHard wrap (selected)Soft wrap (Hard wrap not selected)
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Roses are red Violets are blue
Table class@default

Specify the table class (CSS) to apply to render tables.

  • @default - Apply the default Confluence table class to rendered tables.
  • @none - Do not apply any style to rendered tables.

Currently, Confluence Cloud does not support the use of custom user-defined styles.



The following example uses an absolute URL in URL to markdown file of the macro settings:

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