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As a Confluence user, you will be familiar with the concept of labels as a method of folksonomy, but they can also be integrated with your workflows in order to:

  • Automatically apply workflows
  • Enable or disable workflow functions
  • Add or remove labels in response to Events
  • Perform Actions when labels are added or removed
  • Make labels "sticky", which prevents their removal
  • Ensure compliance with content labelling policy

Automatic workflow application

To use this feature, the space must be running in Space Mode.

Use the label and, optionally, invertlabel parameters of the {workflow} macro to specify which labels the workflow should or should not be applied to:

{workflow:name=Apply by label|label=test,testing}
  {state:Test works}

In this example, the workflow, when applied in Space Mode, will automatically be assigned to any content with the label "test" and/or "testing".

If you added the invertlabel=true parameter, it would be automatically applied to any content that does not have either of the labels "test" or "testing".

Enable or disable workflow features

Any macro which supports Conditions can be disabled or deactivated by the haslabel condition.

For example, you can disable state selection or reviews if labels are missing:

{workflow:name=Disable review}

In this example:

  • Transition from First to Second state requires the content be labelled "first"
  • The review in the Second state will be disabled if the content is labelled "second"

Macros which support conditions:

Adding and removing labels

You can use Events to Trigger the Actions which can add or remove labels:

{workflow:name=Add or remove label}

In this example:

  • Entering the First state will add "first" and remove "second" labels
  • Entering the Second state will add "second" and remove "first" labels

Note: The label changes will take effect as soon as you transition between the states, but you'll need to refresh the page to update the on-screen list of labels for that page.

Action macros:

Trigger actions when labels change

When labels are added or removed from a page, the labeladded or labelremoved Events are sent. Triggers listening for those events can determine which label was added or removed via the @label@@addedlabel@ or @removedlabel@  Event references.

Value references

You can access extensive information about content labels by accessing the Label Supplier via a Supplier Reference (requires ServiceRocket Reporting for Confluence app).

Sticky labels

You can prevent labels from being removed (but Admins can still remove them) by using the stickylabels parameter on the {workflow} macro

Content labelling compliance

In situations where business or regulatory compliance mandates a content labelling policy, you can enforce that via the workflow.

For example, if all documents (pages) relating to a specific regulation must be labelled, you can either make the workflow add those labels, or require that content be labelled in order for the workflow to be automatically applied.

Our existing customers use the {workflow-instructions} macro to convey content labelling policy to content producers at the point of initial content creation. As labels can be added whilst creating a page or blog post (by clicking the icon at the top of the editor screen), this results in far fewer unlabelled documents being created.



Label changes will generate Events, which can be used to Trigger Actions:

  • labeladded
  • labelremoved

Value references

Information about labels can be obtained from Value References:


See also

Workflow Authoring Guide:

Administration Guides:

Atlassian Marketplace: