Instant Search

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easy and configurable search

Search that is fast, customizable, and useful


Custom CSS

Provides a loose "type-ahead" search that has a highly customizable look a feel such as excerpts or other search details.

Customizable. Remove excerpts and set width.

Can use your own css for your watermark, input, and search box.

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by Ingomar Otter on 08 May 2013
May be great but usage instructions / documentation are lacking making this difficult to add.
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Thanks for the feedback.  I'd like to fix any issues with installation or documentation.  If you could contact me offline (ndunn at or here I would like to fix any issues you  have related to installation / documentation.       User feedback really helps make this a better product.  

by Laszlo Papp on 13 Mar 2012
This is the best search plugin I've found so far. The auto-completion function is really great. I only missed one thing from the setup parameters: the possibility to scope the search to a given subtree (with the default root node being @self: the page the search is executed in). If that would be possible, this plugin was simply perfect. If this feature could be added easily, it would be a great improvement and highly appreciated. An info about the parameters via the API (so that Confluence can show them when adding the macro) would also be great. :-) Thanks for the great work anyway.
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If you set the filter to "@self" it will search only the pages in the subtree of the page your are on.
by Jonas Lindström on 04 Feb 2011
This plugin is a big improvement over the built-in search in certain aspects. It has the option to show labels and excerpts of search results live, but most importantly it shows which space the search result belongs to (and page, in case it is an attachment). It is better than the livesearch plugin in that it allows multiple search terms and always searches for an exact and partial match (the livesearch is limited to partial matches). In our environment however the search performs rather slowly sometimes, resulting in users getting frustrated with the search. Results update with a multiple-second lag which causes users to click on the wrong search result. Overall however we much prefer this search to the built-in search or the livesearch plugin. It is the strongest of the three alternatives.
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There were some issues with slowness on the initial 4.0 upgrade. That issue has been fixed and should be in all releases.
by art on 06 Feb 2014
I was hoping for much more, sorry but I dont get it and there is no documentation.
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Art, I appreciate the feedback. I've updated some of the documentation (there are MANY places to update documentation). During installation / configuration of the Macro, there should still be sufficient documentation for each option. Please contact me via the vendor link if you have further issues.

More details

Provides "Instant Search" macro, a highly customizable "type-ahead" search box. Options:

  • Filters: space key, type of content, contributor, label (include / exclude), content with regular expression (include / exclude), last modified date
  • Show/Hide: space key, labels, date created, date last modified, excerpt, search button
  • Customize: maximum search results, input field width, excerpt length, url (include /exclude), search button, watermark, search and result css, result width, tab order, focus on page load

Confluence 4.3+ Instant Search (2.1+)

  • Filters: number of likes
  • Customizations: hide / replace text, show likes, sort by likes
  • Track searches and display with Instant Search Log Table Macro

Additional Documentation

Paid-via-Atlassian pricing FAQ

How do upgrades and renewals work?

You can upgrade your Atlassian host product license to increase the user tier for add-on licenses any time. Upgrade prices are calculated based on Atlassian's formula, and are automatically reflected in your cart. View an example of the JIRA upgrade price matrix here.

Add-on licences for downloaded Atlassian products are perpetual. Your original purchase includes 12 months of maintenance. To continue receiving upgrades and support after the initial 12 months, you can renew your maintenance for 50% of the original purchase price. You can purchase maintenance for up to 36 additional months at any time.

OnDemand add-on subscriptions renew each month and can be canceled any time.

How do I determine my pricing tier?

Choose the same user tier you pay for in the Atlassian host application. For example, if you have a JIRA download license for 25 users, you should purchase this tier.

Even if fewer users want to use the add-on than your host application license, the two licenses should match exactly.

What's the difference between OnDemand and download pricing?

Just like your Atlassian host application, there are two pricing models. Pick the model that matches your Atlassian product, and the same rules apply:

Subscriptions renew every month
Add-ons and instances are hosted by Atlassian
Licenses last forever, support and upgrades last for 12 months
Instances and add-ons are hosted on your servers
Do you offer academic, community, or open-source licenses?

Add-on purchase and renewal is half-price if you have an academic license for your Atlassian host application.

Add-ons are always free for community and open-source licenses.

For more details about qualifying for special licenses, see here.

Do you offer enterprise pricing?

Choose enterprise pricing if your Atlassian host application is billed for enterprise licenses.

Enterprise pricing includes 24/7 phone and email support, access to training through Atlassian University, and other perks. Learn more.

Can I extend my free trial?

You can extend your add-on trial up to 5 times – in other words, for up to six months. Extend your trial by generating a new evaluation license key from Atlassian Marketplace. Click Free Trial and you'll be directed to generate a license at MyAtlassian. Paste this license key into the add-on listing in UPM from your Atlassian host application, and you're all set.

Alternatively, if you remove your expiring trial license from your Atlassian host application, you can re-add it back for another free trial.

What are legacy pricing tiers?

If you bought your Atlassian host application during or before February 2012, you qualify for legacy pricing tiers.

  • JIRA tiers are 10, 25, 50, and 100 users. The legacy unlimited tier was 100+ users.
  • The Confluence legacy tiers are 10, 25, 50, 100, 500, and 2000 users. The unlimited legacy tier was 2000+ users.
  • There are no enterprise licenses prior to and including February 2012.


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Release notes

version 2.2.6Confluence 5.2 - 5.4.4


- Tracking: Table navigation, sorting, and deletion, and CSV downloads

Bug fixes:

- Table layout error in IE9

- Tracking now records when default search is used in InstantSearch.


  1. Log into your Confluence instance as an admin.
  2. Click the admin dropdown and choose Atlassian Marketplace. The Manage add-ons screen loads.
  3. Click Find new add-ons from the left-hand side of the page.
  4. Locate Instant Search via search. The appropriate add-on version appears in the search results.
  5. Click Try free to begin a new trial or Buy now to purchase a license for Instant Search. You're prompted to log into MyAtlassian. Instant Search begins to download.
  6. Enter your information and click Generate license when redirected to MyAtlassian.
  7. Click Apply license. If you're using an older version of UPM, you can copy and paste the license into your Confluence instance.

To find older Instant Search versions compatible with your instance, you can look through our version history page.

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