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  • Tim 15 posts 75 karma points
    Jan 18, 2016 @ 17:49

    403 Error on Preview

    We have our site with Umbraco 7 deployed to a server. Whenever we try to Preview content in the back office, we get a 403 - Forbidden: Access is denied. What permission do we need to grant to what account to enable Preview access?

  • Samira 113 posts 452 karma points
    Jan 19, 2016 @ 04:46
  • Gavin Semple 21 posts 92 karma points
    Apr 05, 2016 @ 06:52
    Gavin Semple

    I am having the same issue as Tim. Previewing a page works fine on my local machine, however on the live version I am getting a "403 - Forbidden: Access is denied" error when trying to preview any page.

    I have looked at the link provided by Samira above but I fail to see how it relates to this problem.

    I have also made sure write permissions have been set on the "App_Data" folder and the "preview" folder within it but the error remains.

  • Manjunatha Govindappa 20 posts 119 karma points
    May 10, 2016 @ 09:50
    Manjunatha Govindappa

    From IIS add index.htm and index.html to default documents list, issue will be solved

  • blackhawk 313 posts 1368 karma points
    Mar 17, 2017 @ 16:11

    Index.htm and index.html was already on my default document list. Simply enabling default documents from IIS solved the 403 issue for me when previewing pages.

    Using IIS10 on Windows 10

  • Rik Hodiamont 11 posts 31 karma points
    Jan 10, 2017 @ 13:29
    Rik Hodiamont

    I am having the same issues. Index.html and index.htm is in the default document list. Any other idea how to fix this?

    I changed index.html to default.aspx so I could exclude the problem of directory listing. When changing to file to default.aspx it still doesn't work. Seems IIS somehow blocks the directory listing on the umbraco/preview/ directory.

  • Rik Hodiamont 11 posts 31 karma points
    Jan 24, 2017 @ 12:19
    Rik Hodiamont

    I fixed the issue by creating a rewrite rule in the web.config:

                <rule name="Preview voor Umbraco">
                    <match url="^umbraco/preview/" />
                     <conditions logicalGrouping="MatchAny">
                        <add input="{QUERY_STRING}" pattern="^id=(.*)" />                       
                    <action type="Rewrite" url="umbraco/preview/index.html" appendQueryString="true" />
  • M N 125 posts 212 karma points
    Dec 14, 2018 @ 18:16
    M N

    Hi Rik,

    I have been battling the Preview functionality as well. It hasn't worked for a while on all our sites. I've tried your rewrite, but that just changes the error to a 404.

    Any thoughts?

  • Paul Wright (suedeapple) 264 posts 666 karma points
    Apr 03, 2019 @ 11:32
    Paul Wright (suedeapple)

    Try removing the "Preview" folder, from your "/Umbraco" directory on live.

    Umbraco HQ removed this folder, and placed the new preview templates in the Umbraco/Views folder.

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