Setting up Confluence on Mac OSX 10.11 El Capitan

By | January 12, 2016

Getting Confluence 5.9.3 on my Mac this time was a little too easy. It took all of 5 minutes and left me wondering if I had missed something.

Caveat: I had gone through the pain of installing Java when I installed JIRA so this helped a lot. If you haven’t installed JIRA, look at my previous post and go through the Java installation process first.

Step 1: Download Confluence

Pick your poison from this page: https://www.atlassian.com/software/confluence/download/

Save it to a location of your choice and extract it with:

>> tar xvf atlassian-confluence-5.9.3.tar

This is termed your installation directory.

Step 2: Check Java

>> java -version

should return a valid version and

>> echo %JAVA_HOME

should also work. If not, again, refer back to my JIRA installation post.

Step 3: Set your “home” directory

Go into your installation directory/confluence/WEB-INF/classes/confluence-init.properties file and add the location of your “home” directory. ie where you want all your confluence data to reside. This is how I have mine set up:

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This allows me to have multiple installations of different versions of Confluence along with the other applications in the Atlassian suite all in one place.

Step 4: Start her up

Navigate to the bin directory of Confluence (in your installation directory) and type:

>> ./startup.sh

The only remaining issue was to remember which port Confluence ran on. The short answer is 8090 but it is good to know where I got this from. Open up “server.xml” in your conf directory (same location as your bin directory) and you should see the port listed.

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This also means that you can change the port to suit your needs as well. After you change, restart confluence.

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