I am unable to save the product in Magento 2.

It shows "Invalid Form Key. Please refresh the page. in local

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how to resolve this?

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    Please check your cookie setting – Amit Bera Feb 20 '17 at 14:56
  • Have you tried using different browser? I usually use Google Chrome but came across this problem, setting max_input_vars to higher values didn't help, neither using local IP address instead of localhost, but I tried using Firefox and it worked. – Máté Dusik Jan 7 '19 at 7:21
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    Issues has been resolved by setting below values in php.ini max_input_vars = 10000 max_input_time = 600 max_execution_time = 3000 – Ketan Tambekar Jun 10 '20 at 5:38

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This bug arises due to php.ini variable "max_input_vars" Increase it to 10000 through below php function:

ini_set('max_input_vars', 10000);

OR Using linux command line

cd /etc/php/7.0/apache2/
vi php.ini (Open for edit and set max_input_vars=10000)
:wq(Press esc and write the mentioned command to save and exit)
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart(Restart Server)
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    Thanks for you replay @ahmad vaqas khan let me check and update you thanks... – Nagaraju K Apr 21 '17 at 8:29
  • ok. keep updated regarding it. – Ahmad Vaqas Khan Apr 21 '17 at 10:48
  • It worked for me. Very interesting though. How did you debug that? – Abhishek Jakhotiya Aug 7 '17 at 13:53
  • @AbhishekJakhotiya : Great . I googled and came across this useful info . Often being PHP Core deveoper is quite helpful along with Magento developer . – Ahmad Vaqas Khan Aug 7 '17 at 17:59
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    I have changed max_input_vars to 10000, but still having same issue. I am working on local (using ubuntu 16.04) and magento 2.3 – Hemant Kumar Dec 21 '18 at 5:51

This problem is occurred after adding more custom options and categories in the product so because php.ini file not allowed to add more custom options.

So, we need to change default settings of php.ini file.

If php version 7.1 then,


If php version 7.0 then,


If php version 7.2 then,


Uncomment this value and update this all value in php.ini,

max_input_vars = 200000
max_input_time = 600
max_execution_time = 3600

Then Restart Apache 2 web server, and check it.

sudo service apache2 restart

If you are running this Magento site on a local machine (local host) as your question seems to indicate, you may have trouble using the: http://localhost/ syntax, as Magento 2 doesn't fully know how to deal with cookie.

Instead, I'd recommend using to access the local site; in this case your browser should be able to recognize this more easily and work with Magento's cookies properly.

You may need to set a cookie domain in the admin area of Magento.

I hope this helps...


Try This Ubuntu 14.0.4 System in magento 2.3-invalid Form key error.

I face invalid Form key error on frondend-side insertion, But crome browser only occured this error, Insertion correctly run in firefox browser.

I solved this error Following steps:-

Change your base URL from localhost to

Using localhost as the domain in your base URL causes problems in Magento 2.

Magento's base URL configuration is located in the core_config_data table. The following values may need to be changed:

web/unsecure/base_url web/secure/base_url For example, if you previously had http://localhost/magento2community/, you should change it to

After changing the url, flush the cache (bin/magento cache:flush). You might also need to clear out your var directories.

I find this solution through this Like https://magento.stackexchange.com/a/122167/78151


After endlessly trying all the suggested tweaks to php.ini and cleaning cache, my magento2 still wouldn't accept cookies from localhost even if I used the linux machine name instead, making it seem like a domain name. i finally resorted to using localho.st which is a domain name that resolves dns to your local ip address and this is what worked.


There are 2 possible causes of this error: PHP Max_input_vars value is not optimized for Magento 2 In most cases, we can solve the error by increase the value of PHP Max_input_vars to the value that Magento 2 requires. Open PHP.ini and change these values

max_input_time : 3600
max_input_vars : 100000
memory_limit : 2G

Base URL on Localhost not regconize by Magento 2 system If you are running Magento 2 on local environment, change baseurl to should resolve this issue. Run this command

php bin/magento setup:store-config:set --base-url=""

Also flush cache to apply changes

sudo rm -rf var/cache var/generation var/page_cache

Reference source: https://magentip.com/solved-magento-2-invalid-form-key-please-refresh-the-page/


setting max_input_vars to 10000 in php.ini resolved my issue.


In my case it was due to the website protection settings of Firefox.

Firefox blocked some cookies that were needed by Magento2.

So I had to disable it by going to Preferences -> Privacy & Security -> Browser Privacy and choose "Custom" and uncheck the "Cookies" option.


Changing base URL from localhost to done the trick for me.


Login to your cpanel or Access Magento root via FTP open your file php.ini if you already added maxinput_vars increase the number to 10,000 Or Past this at the bottom of file max_input_vars = 10000 Save your file and refresh magento it cache it should work fine !


Add: php_value max_input_vars 10000 to file .htaccess, I hope it can help someone!


Increasing max_input_vars value in php.ini solved my issue.

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