Preparing for Confluence 7.10

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✓ Planned changes

✓ Implemented changes

Latest milestone
8 December 2020 7.10.0-rc1 Download

Planned changes

In this section you will be provided with an overview of the changes that Atlassian intends to make, so you can start thinking how it might impact your app. We’ll indicate when a change has been implemented, and in which milestone.

Seraph upgrade


In this release Atlassian is upgrading atlassian-seraph from 4.0.4 to 4.1.0, which removes the ability to use query parameters to log in. This might affect your development environment and automated tests:

  • If you’re starting Confluence with AMPS in dev mode ( this change won’t affect you.
  • If you’re relying on the os_username+os_password query parameter for faster logins, you’ll need to add the atlassian.allow.insecure.url.parameter.login=true system property. We’ve used this workaround in several of our builds.
  • If you’re using the stateless test runner, you can add the use.form.login=true system property to your test config, for slower, but safe builds which more closely match how end users use the product.

XStream upgrade


Atlassian is also upgrading the version of XStream bundled with Confluence. This is a major upgrade that breaks compatibility with the old format of stored data. To help with this, they are adding a layer of backward compatibility to support existing data in Bandana.

See XStream 1.4 upgrade for full details.

The special milestone is no longer available as this change is now available in 7.10.0-m43.

OAuth 2.0 authentication


The Atlassian team is adding the ability to configure OAuth 2.0 authentication. Within Confluence this will mostly be used for mail server authentication (such as a POP3 incoming mail server), but will also be available to apps.

See OAuth 2.0 integration for developers.

They’re still working on the mail server configuration screens in Confluence, that will allow you to select OAuth 2.0 as the authentication method, so they’ve rolled back the OAuth 2.0 changes for now.

Create and reply by email


Atlassian has been improving the Create by email and Reply by email plugins. These plugins have always been disabled by default, and were quite difficult to use because there was no UI for configuring the feature.

They’re making some improvements to the way the feature works, and adding a new admin screen which administrators can use to enable the features.

They’re still working on this one, and will provide more information at a later date.

Jira Service Desk is now Jira Service Management


As you may already be aware, from version 4.14 Jira Service Desk becomes Jira Service Management. In this release Atlassian has updated the places in Confluence that refer to Service Desk to now refer to Service Management. This is just a visual change, and has no impact on compatibility.

Removal of editor-v3


When Atlassian upgraded their editor to TinyMCE v4 way back in Confluence 6.14, they introduced an unsupported dark feature that could be used to revert to the v3 editor (frontend.editor.v4 / frontend.editor.v4.disable). They plan to remove this dark feature flag in a future Confluence release, as they are no longer tested or reliable.

Once that happens, the editor-v3   WRM context will no longer be loaded. Any resources used only in this context can be removed completely. The editor   and   editor-v4   contexts are unchanged, and with this change, resources in   editor-v4   can be safely moved to   editor.

Implemented changes

In this section we’ll provide details of changes that Atlassian has implemented, organised by the milestone they are first available in. This will help you decide which milestone to use when testing.

Release Candidate – 8 December 2020

No significant changes in this release candidate.

Beta 1 – 30 November 2020

In this beta:

  • Seraph upgrade. See above for more details.

EAP 2 – 23 November 2020

Milestone 7.10.0-m43

In this milestone:

  • XStream upgrade. See XStream 1.4 upgrade for details.
  • Upgraded Spring from 5.1.14 to 5.1.18.

EAP 1 – 16 November 2020

Milestone 7.10.0-m32

In this milestone:

  • Jira Service Desk is now Jira Service Management in the Confluence UI.




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