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An add-on is a separately installed component that enhances or modifies Confluence. Some add-ons are shipped with Confluence, others are available for you to install yourself. An add-on that specifically plugs into the architecture of an Atlassian application such as Confluence is sometimes called a plugin, although the terms 'plugin' and 'add-on' are often used interchangeably. 

A macro allows a developer to perform programmatic functions within a page, and gives the Confluence user access to more complex content structures. Many macros are made available by plugins.

You need System Administrator permissions in order to install and configure plugins.

Installing and configuring add-ons and macros

 

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