I just downloaded and installed the Full Release of Magento Community - ver, but I can't login in backend and frontend.

The error message is:

    Invalid Form Key. Please refresh the page.

I tried to clean the cache and sessions files of magento and of my browser, but doesn't work.

Other things:

  • The file dont exist: app/code/local/Mage/Core/Model/Session.php
  • The correct permissions was setup
  • The form have keys for form_key
  • On the frontend after login, i'm redirected for some page to ENABLE cookies.
  • Table core_config_data dont have values for web/secure, web/unsecure, cookie_path and others, i create myself: core_config_data

Can someone help me?

  • Are you on localhost?
    – electroid
    Sep 10, 2016 at 14:36
  • No! I'm in a Digital Ocean droplet running on NGINX, VARNISH Sep 10, 2016 at 14:37
  • Please check your var/ folder is writable by the server, you can set it 777 permissions and check. Also folder must be owned by the web server user, for example www-data.
    – electroid
    Sep 10, 2016 at 14:41
  • I try set 777 but yet doesnt work. All files and folders owned by www-data (configured in nginx) with right permissions. Sep 10, 2016 at 14:52
  • Since you are on nginx make sure you have that line in your config location \~\.php$ { fastcgi_param PHP_VALUE "session.auto_start=0"; #... more come here but I'm shortening just for the specific problem }
    – electroid
    Sep 10, 2016 at 15:04

3 Answers 3


clear your browser cache and cookies,

and after that delete the var/cache and var/session folder and try again login and let me know if you face this issue

  • Same problem, man. "Invalid Form Key. Please refresh the page." Sep 10, 2016 at 14:10

you have to add form key in your login form add this input tag

<"input type='hidden' name='form_key' value="<?php echo Mage:getSingleton('core/session')->getFormKey(); ?>" />

in you form

refresh cache delete cache and session folder from var

  • I had tried it. Nothing)): Sep 12, 2016 at 13:36
  • firstly you install magento in local. if it works fine than you upload file in server. Sep 14, 2016 at 3:24

Check the file app/etc/local.xml and find lines


try to change it to


and then clean caches.

If it will not help - delete app/etc/local.xml file and reinstall magento from scratch. While installation - use your database name (as it's already installed) and installation will be quick.

  • I tried all but doesn't work. (including new installation) Sep 12, 2016 at 13:36
  • So this can mean that Form Key is wrongly written to or readed from Session. Can you show session params in app/etc/local.xml ? is it saving session in files (/var/session) ? If so - you can try to switch session to DB - to check if it's exactly the problem.
    – Neklo.com
    Sep 13, 2016 at 12:14
  • Other session options are Memcache and Redis. If some of them are used - maybe issue is somewhere in server configuration. I have problems with login/cookies sometimes too, but not with message "Invalid form key" and then I'm deleting Cookie Domain and Cookie Path in core_config_data table. Maybe it will help you somehow too
    – Neklo.com
    Sep 13, 2016 at 12:19

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