Excel macro - 7.x

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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.
  • Use Profiles to access the Excel data from remote locations
  • 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}



Parameters removed

  • The URL user and URL user password parameters have been removed from Excel for Confluence. For more information, refer to Removed the URL user and URL user password parameters.
  • Use Profile to access Excel data from a remote location.
  • Parameter removal is effective and available in Excel for Confluence - Server (version 7.3.0 and above).

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 for 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. 

  • If the Page for attachment is empty, the attachment specified here is considered to be on the current page.
  • If this field is left empty and if URL to Excel file is not specified, the macro renders data from the most recent Excel file that was uploaded to the current page. 
Name of attachment in the path
Specify the name of the attachment in the Confluence home/script directory. Since 6.6.0. filename

The Profile drop-down contains a list of all configured profiles for this instance. Available from version 7.2.

Choose a profile name from the Profile drop-down. Administrators set up profiles to connect to external sources to render Excel data across multiple pages so that sensitive information like passwords and access tokens can be secured and hidden from view. A profile usually contains the base URL and other credentials that are required to access a specific location.

Enter the relative path to the actual location of the Excel files in the field, URL to Excel file.

  • Contact your administrator to know which profiles are available in your instance.
  • To know more about how profiles are configured, refer to this page.
URL to Excel file

Enter the URL of the Excel file(s) to be displayed. If you enter a valid path, the macro accesses the given location and renders the content from the specified Profile and URL.

  • Use a Profile configured with an absolute URL and valid User and Password to access the Excel data from private sources. The macro reads the content from the specified URL in the profile. 
  • Use a Profile configured with an absolute URL to access the Excel data from public sources, or provide the publicly hosted absolute URL in the URL to Excel file field. Authentication is not required to access the Excel data from public sources, and the macro reads the content from the specified URL. 
  • Use a Profile configured with a base URL and valid User and Password. Enter the relative path to the actual location of the Excel file(s) in the field URL to Excel file field. The macro appends the URL given here with the URL specified in the profile configuration to access the location and render the required Excel data.
  • The use of this parameter may be restricted for security reasons. See your administrator for details.
  • Support for the Profile is available from version 7.2.
  • It is recommended to use Profile and provide the relative path to the actual location of the Excel file(s) in the field, URL to Excel file.
  • The macro parameters URL user and URL user password were supported in Excel for Confluence version 7.2 and below. 
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. 

Rearrangement of columns, that is, column ordering is not supported. Refer to XL-63 for updates.

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.

This parameter is ignored if Use cell properties for formatting is enabled or if Column attributes are specified.

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

When you provide all the parameters listed in the editor window for the Excel file, the input provided using URL to Excel file takes precedence.

Common table parameters

The parameters listed on this page are part of our common table capabilities that are available to many macros that produce or modify tables.

Click a column heading to toggle the sorting of that column.