Excel macro

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  • Convert your Excel spreadsheets into tables
  • Access data from Excel files from attachments on any Confluence page, URLs or Confluence directories
  • Download Excel table data as a CSV file
  • Compatible with the Chart macro to create charts
  • Enabled for Macro Security for Confluence to allow control of URLs. See Macro Security managed macros.
  • Display and format one or more worksheets in your Excel files
  • Format any of the columns, including the hidden ones, with your own styles
  • Work with common table capabilities including sorting, column totals, and row numbering
  • Displays results of most Excel formulas. If a cell value cannot be calculated due to an unknown formula, the cell displays #N/A in the resulting table. Only cell values with known calculation results are displayed in the table.

Basic use

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

Selected from the macro browserExcel
Markup shortcut{excel}



Macro specific parameters

Macro Editor Label
Macro Parameter
Output formathtml

Specify how the output is displayed. The options are as follows:

  • html - data is rendered as an HTML table
  • wiki - data is rendered in a table with wiki markup
  • unrenderedWiki - data is rendered as text with wiki markup
Page of attachmentCurrent page

Enter the location where the Excel files are available. Since 6.6.0. The following locations are supported:

  • page - Data is read from an attachment to the page specified here; provided that page is in the same space as the page with the macro.
  • space:page - Data is read from an attachment to the specified page that is in the specified space.
Name of attachmentMost recent Excel file uploaded to the current page

Enter the name of the attachment. Since 6.6.0. 

Name of attachment in the path
Specify the name of the attachment in the Confluence home/script directory. Since 6.6.0. filename
URL to Excel file

Enter the URL of the Excel file(s) to be displayed. If a valid path is entered here, the macro accesses the given location and processes the content accordingly. 

URL user
Enter the user name for URL access through basic authentication.user
URL user password
Enter the user password for URL access through basic authentication.password
URL connection timeout
Enter time in milliseconds such that URL connections do not timeout 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
Sheets to import
Enter a comma separated list of sheet names to be shown in the order specified here. By default, each sheet in the workbook produces a table. The parameter value can be a comma separated list of sheet names (case sensitive) or sheet numbers (1-based counting).sheets
File encoding

Enter a file encoding for an external file if different from the default encoding. If left empty, default Confluence file encoding is used. Refer to this article for more information. Since 4.1.0.

Example: UTF-8.

Language for number and date formats
Enter a language specification to use the respective number and date formats for data conversion. This specification is used before the default languages are automatically used. Valid values are 2 character ISO 639-1 alpha-2 codes.language
Country for number and date formats
Enter a country specification to use the respective number and date formats for data conversion. Used in combination with the Language for number and date formats parameter. Valid values are 2 character ISO 3166 codes.country
Columns to show

Enter a comma separated list of column numbers to be displayed in the order specified here. By default, all non-hidden columns are displayed in its existing order. Columns are enumerated starting at 1. If columns are specified, even hidden columns are shown. 

Show hidden sheets, rows, and columnsfalseEnable this option to show hidden elements of the worksheet.showHidden
Show sheet name before the tablefalseEnable this option to display the worksheet name above the table.showSheetName
Use cell properties for formattingfalseEnable this option to process each cell for special properties. Currently, supported properties are:
  • html - Alignment, font, and background color.
  • wiki - None at this time for individual cells. For columns, the Use column information from Excel sheet parameter can be used. Another alternative is to use Column attributes from common table parameters.
Use column information from excel sheettrue

Disable this option to ignore the column formatting information specified in the Excel sheet. By default, the format for a column specified in the Excel sheet is used to apply formatting for all cells in the column.

Show non-formatted version of generated wikifalseEnable this option to show a non-formatted version of the wiki table following the formatted table. This is used to help resolve formatting issues. It can also be used to convert Excel to Confluence markup with cut and paste method.showWiki
Escape special wiki charactersfalseEnable this option to allow these special characters (like '|', '[', ']', '{', '}') to be escaped so that the table format remains unaffected. This option works when a wiki output is requested (Output format is wiki) as some special characters in data can cause incorrect table formatting. The default is false so that the data that has wiki markup can be handled correctly.escape
Include cell hyperlinkstrue

Disable this option to display any hyperlinks in the data as normal text. By default, any hyperlinks in the data are retained as is.

Ignore trailing blank rowstrueDisable this option to show blank rows; a row is considered blank if all the columns specified in Columns to show parameter are blank.ignoreTrailingBlankRows
Ignore trailing blank columnstrueDisable this option to show blank columns.ignoreTrailingBlankColumns

Common table parameters