All Confluence Spaces have a sidebar, in which you’ll find the page hierarchy as well as any useful links that the Space Administrator has seen fit to add.
Unfortunately Atlassian provide no clearly documented way of programmatically adding links to the sidebar of a Space. That doesn’t mean it’s not possible, but rather that Atlassian haven’t seen fit to document how it may be accomplished.
The question now facing us is “how are links added to a sidebar when using the Confluence web interface?” If we can answer that question, we can programmatically replicate it.
This question is answered over the course of three steps:
1. We first add a shortcut to the sidebar of a Space, using the main Confluence interface. When we do this, we can watch the network traffic that is generated by this request, and tease it apart to determine the actions we must take to replicate it.
2. By inspecting the Network Traffic, we can extract the CURL request that was sent to the Confluence server. From the CURL request, we can extract the target link:
This is the link that the Confluence web interface uses to communicate the desired change