Embed diagrams in Confluence Data Center and Server

diagrams.net 30 Nov 2020

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There are two ways to display diagrams on Confluence Data Center and Server - either attach the diagram file to the page and use the draw.io diagram macro, or embed a diagram that is stored elsewhere using the Embed draw.io diagram macro. You can embed draw.io diagrams easily from the following locations:

  • From another page in your Confluence instance.
  • Using a public URL of a diagram file or a specially formatted text file with CSV data.
  • From Google Drive or Microsoft One Drive.

Embedding an existing diagram does not copy the original diagram, only adds an embedded version. To edit the diagram, you’ll need to go to the Confluence page that contains the original diagram attachment, or edit the diagram file where it is stored in your cloud storage platform or on the web.

When you reuse or embed a diagram then update the original, it will be updated on every page that it has been embedded (after a page refresh).

Embed a diagram from another Confluence page

  1. Edit a page in your Confluence instance, type /draw, then select Embed draw.io diagram from the list of macros.
    Add the Embed draw.io Diagram macro to your Confluence page
  2. If you edited the diagram recently, it will show on the Recent Diagrams tab. Select the diagram you want to embed, then click Insert.
    Select a recently edited diagram and insert it into your Confluence page
  3. If your diagram is not in the list, select the Search tab, type part of the filename of the diagram you want to embed, and click Search. Select the diagram, then click Insert.
    Search for a diagram, select it, then insert it into your Confluence page

You’ll see a preview of the embedded diagram in the macro as you edit the Confluence page.

You'll see a preview of the diagrams embedded from another Confluence page or a URL while editing the page

Change the macro settings to change the size of the diagram: Select the macro, then click on one of the different size icons.

Display a different page or layers

You can filter what viewers see in the Embed draw.io Diagram macro to display a specific page or set of layers. Edit the macro settings, click on Select viewer page and layers, then select which page you want viewers to see.

Learn how to work with multi-page diagrams in Confluence

Embed a diagram stored on the internet

You can also embed a draw.io diagram stored somewhere publicly on the internet using its URL.

  1. Add the Embed draw.io Diagram macro to your page.
  2. Select the From URL tab, enter a Diagram Name and the Diagram URL in the textboxes, and click Show diagram to see a preview. In the example below, the diagram is stored in our public Github repository.
  3. Click Insert to embed the diagram into your Confluence page.
    Add a diagram name, its public URL, then insert it into your Confluence page

Just like with an embedded diagram from another Confluence page, you’ll see a preview in the macro while you are editing the page.

Tip: Use the Embed draw.io diagram macro in the same way to create and display a diagram from a text file stored on the internet that contains special formatting information and CSV data.

See how to import CSV data to create a draw.io diagram in Confluence

Import a CSV file from a URL and embed it as a draw.io diagram in Confluence

Embed a diagram stored in Google Drive or OneDrive

By authorising draw.io to access your Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive account, you can embed a draw.io diagram that you have stored there.

Note: Ask your Confluence administrator to enable this option in the draw.io Configuration in your Confluence instance if you don’t see this option.

  1. Add the Embed draw.io Diagram macro to your page.
  2. Click the Google Drive or OneDrive tab. If you haven’t allowed draw.io to access your files on your cloud storage platform, click the blue Authorize button, and follow the prompts to allow access.
  3. When you return to the file picker, click Choose.
    Click Choose to look for the .drawio diagram file in your Google Drive
  4. Find and click on the diagram file you want to embed, then click on the blue Select button (Google Drive) or Open button (OneDrive).
    Select the draw.io diagram file in your Google Drive
  5. Check the preview to make sure you have the right diagram, then click click Insert to embed your diagram file from your cloud storage platform into your Confluence Server page.
    Click Insert to embed the diagram file from your Google Drive into your Confluence Server page

Learn more about embedding files from Google Drive and from Microsoft OneDrive.

The Embed draw.io diagram macro won’t show a preview of files embedded from cloud storage platforms while you are in edit mode. Save the page to see your embedded diagram.

Embedded diagrams in draw.io for Confluence Data Center and Server

Embed diagrams on Confluence Cloud

Are you using Confluence Cloud instead? You can embed diagrams similarly from other Confluence Cloud pages, URLs, Google Drive and OneDrive.

Learn how to embed, copy and move diagrams in Confluence Cloud

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