On Content Authoring servers, you can go to the control panel and view this page to see the compiled Sitecore config: /sitecore/admin/ShowConfig.aspx. It's also possible to do this via Sitecore Rocks.

However I don't know a way of doing this on Content Delivery servers.

Can anyone suggest, how can we verify config settings on Content Delivery server?

  • As others have stated it's most likely not accessible due to Security Hardening in the Delivery environment. If you just want a sneak peak at it you can grab a copy of the ShowConfig.aspx file, drop it anywhere that isn't restricted, hit the URL quick then remove it again. I used this technique recently in 8.1 and it worked great.
    – jrap
    Jan 17 '17 at 2:58
  • I have the same issue, but when i try to open showconfig on CD node i have an error "Unothorized_client", so i tried to provide full permis-s to Anonymous logon\users to the folder "sitecore/admin" but with no success. I did patch of CD configurations and tried to see it on ShowConfigLayers.aspx on CM node also with no success, there are no my changes. So is there a way to use showconfig on CD node or how can i check my pach is working according to the compiled config files ? Thanks in advance guys.
    – Tim
    Nov 15 '19 at 7:49
  • Tim did to try the option below for config builder on CD instead? Nov 15 '19 at 9:38

You could use the Sitecore Config Builder to do this. It is available from the Marketplace.


This will allow you to view the compiled config without needing to open up the /sitecore directory for access. It also has an option to show the entire compiled web.config and not just the sitecore node.

  • Thanks Lyle that looks like a good option, I think I recall seeing this a while ago but I didn't realise exactly what it did. I'll take a look at it and see how I get on. Jan 17 '17 at 15:41

It's easier Today if you work with Sitecore 9, you can do it from your Content Management server. Just go to /sitecore/admin/ShowConfigLayers.aspx and select Content Delivery.

This is article explaining in details how to View configuration changes


You can view configuration using below url for CD (Content Delivery from Content Management)


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    When I asked this question it was referring to 8.2 (although not specified). This option is available in 9.0 and above only but is a good alternative if your on 9 or above: doc.sitecore.com/developers/90/… Apr 28 '21 at 8:15

you should be able to see it in the CD nodes as well. If you can't see is because most likely there is a permission restricting it as per the recommendations on the Sitecore scaling guide(making it to throw a 403 forbidden error). If that's your case you can change the permissions on IIS on the folder sitecore/admin and set it to Anonymous

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    If you do this, just remember to change it back. Security, and all. :) Oct 17 '18 at 18:31

Although the accepted answer is available but in the Sitecore 9.0.2 azure I found a quick solution.

Comment out following two tags in the web.config

<location path="sitecore">
        <deny users="*" />


<rule name="Sitecore Login or Admin Force HTTPS Redirection" enabled="true" 
        <match url="^(sitecore/(login|admin))$" />
            <add input="{HTTPS}" pattern="^OFF$" />
            <add input="{HTTP_METHOD}" pattern="GET" />
       <action type="Redirect" url="https://{HTTP_HOST}/{R:1}" appendQueryString="true" 
               redirectType="Permanent" />

But do remember to enable these tags again after you are done.

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