"Unable to access identity settings." when accessing /admin only on localhost. CORS error

I can access my site’s published my-site.com/admin page just fine. But when trying to access it locally at localhost:8000/admin, I get the following message after providing my site’s url.

"Unable to access identity settings. When using git-gateway backend make sure to enable Identity service and Git Gateway."

I have Identity and Git Gateway enabled for the site.

The console error suggests its a CORS issue.

> netlify-cms-app 2.11.3
> netlify-cms-core 2.15.1
> Failed to load resource: the server responded with a status of 401 ()
> Access to fetch at 'https://my-site.netlify.com/.netlify/identity/settings' from origin 'http://localhost:8000' has been blocked by CORS policy: Response to preflight request doesn't pass access control check: It does not have HTTP ok status.

So I tried adding Access-Control-Allow-Origin: "*" to the netlify.toml file. But I understand that these don’t affect ./netlify/* paths.

  # Define which paths this specific [[headers]] block will cover.
  for = "/*"
    Access-Control-Allow-Origin = "*"

That didn’t have any effect.

Unsure what I’ve missed or if this is a bug.

I may be wrong, but I believe you’ve spoken about this to a colleague in the helpdesk, and it turned out to be related to the password protection on your site (which was not being fed an Authorization HTTP request header) - does that sound like you? If not, please tell us which site you are working on (it’s not called “my-site” which you used to obfuscate your error message; please don’t do that in the future to save everyone some trouble :))

Haven’t talked to any one in the help desk as far as I remember. But it makes sense that password protection would be my problem here as well. I incorrectly assumed that Netlify CMS was doing some special auth with git-gateway and would bypass password protection.

I have since removed Netlify CMS, so I wont be able to confirm with this particular site.

Apologies for the obfuscation. I should have put <my-site-name> to make it obvious.


sounds good - please let us know if you need anything else.

I’m having the same type of issue. The only things I’ve done differently recently were changing the name of the github repo and changing the netlify site name.

After the former, I had an issue with the Identity settings not updating to the new repo name (it’s just static text). So I had to “assign it to a new repo” to fix the settings page on netlify.com. I have no idea what’s causing this problem and how to overcome it.

EDIT: I figured it out. I had to run localStorage.removeItem("netlifySiteURL") because I manually changed it when I was trying to figure out how to get netlify to change my repo path.

This helped me while configuring Git Gateway on localhost. I had put the wrong URL into the prompt and couldn’t find a way to reset. Instead I was seeing the message

“Unable to access identity settings. When using git-gateway backend make sure to enable Identity service and Git Gateway.”

And seeing a CORS request denied in the console. Clearing localStorage of the URL was enough to reset the prompt and allow me to input a new URL.


Try clearing your localstorage, so you’ll get a new prompt