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Local Backend

The local backend allows you to use Static CMS with a local git repository, instead of working with a live repo, regardless of backend provider. It will read and write file from your local file system inside your local git repository. You will still need to manually commit and push any files you have changed or added after completing the edits.


| Proxy Config
falseActivates the local backend for Static CMS, overriding other backend configurations


  name: git-gateway

# when using the default proxy server port
local_backend: true


  1. Run npx @staticcms/proxy-server from the root directory of the above repository.
    • If the default port (8081) is in use, the proxy server won't start and you will see an error message. In this case, follow these steps before proceeding.
  2. Start your local development server (e.g. run gatsby develop).
  3. Open http://localhost:<port>/admin to verify that your can administer your content locally. Replace <port> with the port of your local development server. For example Gatsby's default port is 8000

Note: @staticcms/proxy-server runs an unauthenticated express server. As any client can send requests to the server, it should only be used for local development.

Configure Proxy Server Port

urlstringhttp://localhost:8081/api/v1URL for proxy server
allowed_hostslist of hosts['localhost', '']Whitelist of allowed hosts when accessing the local site from a host other than 'localhost' or ''
  1. Create a .env file in the project's root folder and define the PORT you'd like the proxy server to use.
  1. Update the local_backend object in config and specify a url property to use your custom port number
  name: git-gateway

  # when using a custom proxy server port
  url: http://localhost:8082/api/v1
  # when accessing the local site from a host other than 'localhost' or ''
  allowed_hosts: ['']