Confluence fulltext search / using regex search in confluence

If you’re equally annoyed by Confluence’s search, I might have some help.

Documentation says about (leading) wildcards:

Lucene doesn’t allow wildcards at the beginning of your search, but you can format your search as a regular expression as a workaround. For example, you can’t search for hum or ?hum, as they begin with a wildcard, but you can search for /.hum.*/ and find things like hum, human, and inhumane.

So a search for *172* (looking for any occurance of a local IP in your Confluence) yields “no results found for “*172*”.

However, looking for a Regex like “/.*172/.*” will yield results: