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Component module - old style


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Confluence 2.10 - use the new Component Module Type instead

This is an outdated module type

The Component plugin module described below belongs to the first version of the Atlassian Plugin Framework. A new Component plugin module is available to OSGi-based plugins using version 2.x of the Atlassian Plugin Framework, supported in Confluence 2.10 and later.

Old-Style Plugin Module Type

We recommend that you use the new plugin module type, rather than the old-style Component described below. Confluence still supports the earlier module type, but the new OSGi-based plugin framework fixes a number of bugs and limitations experienced by the old-style plugin modules.

Purpose of this Module Type

Component plugin modules enable you to add components to Confluence's internal component system (powered by Spring).

Component plugin modules are available in Confluence 1.4 and later.

Component Plugin Module

Each component module adds a single object to Confluence's component management system.

Other plugins and objects within Confluence can then be autowired with your component. This is very useful for having a single component that is automatically passed to all of your other plugin modules (ie a Manager object).

Here is an example atlassian-plugin.xml file containing a single component module:

<atlassian-plugin name="Sample Component" key="confluence.extra.component">
    <component name="Keyed Test Component" 
        class="com.atlassian.confluence.plugin.descriptor.BogusComponent" />
  • the name attribute represents how this component will be referred to in the interface.
  • the key attribute represents the internal, system name for your component.
  • the class attribute represents the class of the component to be created
  • the alias attribute represents the alias this component will be stored with. This element is optional, if not specified the module key will be used instead.

Accessing Your Components

Accessing your components is extremely simple.

Autowired Objects

If your object is being autowired (for example another plugin module or a Struts action), the easiest way to access a component is to add a basic Java setter method.

For example, if you use the above BogusComponent module your object would retrieve the component as follows:

public void setBogusComponent(BogusComponent bogusComponent)
    this.bogusComponent = bogusComponent;

Non-autowired Objects

If your object is not being autowired, you may need to retrieve the component explicitly. This is done via the ContainerManager like so:

BogusComponent bc = (BogusComponent) ContainerManager.getComponent("bogusComponent");


Some issues to be aware of when developing a component:

  • One component module can depend on another component module but be careful of circular references (ie A requires B, B requires A).
  • The component "namespace" is flat at the moment, so choose a sensible alias for your component.

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