Set Up And Verify Experience Edge For Sitecore XM

Install The Experience Edge Package

First things first. Let's install the Experience Edge package. Head on here to download the Experience Edge Connector for Sitecore XM. You will need Sitecore XM 10.2 and a valid subscription to use it.

Once you have downloaded and installed the package, it's time to configure it.

Configuring Experience Edge Connector

Firstly, add the Connection String. Open up App_Config/ConnectionStrings.config and add in the following line:

<add name="experienceedge" connectionString="url=AUTHORITY_URL_HERE;client_id=CLIENT_ID_HERE;client_secret=CLIENT_SECRET_HERE;audience=AUDIENCE_HERE;delivery_endpoint=DELIVERY_ENDPOINT_HERE; cdn_uri=CDN_URI_HERE;media_prefix=MEDIA_PREFIX_HERE"/>

You should receive this connection string as part of your subscription.

It's important to know that the Experience Edge Connector was not available at the same time as the release of Sitecore Headless 20.0, so you may have originally downloaded the version for 19.0. And while both are compatible with 10.2, the installation process is significantly different. And I'd say, improved for version 20.0.

In version 19.0, Experience Edge used the web publishing target. In version 20.0, it has its own publishing target and appropriate "fake" database to accommodate it. This gives you a bit more control over what is published to your web db and what is available in Experience Edge. If all your content is public, this might be less of a concern.

We're going to cover the installation of version 20.0.

Language Fallback Support During Publish

To enable language fallback during the publishing process, you need to enable it. Create a patch file that sets these values to true if you wish this to be supported. Same process for 19.0.

<setting name="ExperienceEdge.EnableItemLanguageFallback" value="false"/>
<setting name="ExperienceEdge.EnableFieldLanguageFallback" value="false"/>

Create The Publishing Target

Open up Content Editor and navigate to /System/Publishing targets. Create an item, name it whatever you want, and in the Target database field, enter the value you used in the ConnectionStrings file. If you used the default, this value will be experienceedge.

Go Ahead, Publish

Once you're all configured, I'd recommend doing a restart of your instance, but this is not formally required. Once you perform a publish of the site, you can go ahead and perform queries and access media items.

Let's validate our content is in Experience Edge. Go to Once there, you should see something that resembles the following:

Experience Edge for Sitecore

Now before you can use it, you'll need an Access Token. You can retrieve that using the Client ID and Client Secret you would have received as part of your subscription.

curl --request POST --url "" --header "content-type:
application/x-www-form-urlencoded" --data grant_type=client_credentials --data client_id=<clientid> --data
client_secret=<clientsecret> --data audience=<tenant-id>

Once you've retrieved the access token, head back to the IDE and click on HTTP HEADERS in the bottom left.

You'll need to add the X-GQL-Token header value in the format shown below.


After all that is done, you can perform a query to test on the left side. Just use a simple one that retrieves the home item.

query {
    layout(site: "ENTER SITE NAME HERE", routePath: "/", language: "en") {
        item {

You should see something that starts similar to what's below. If not, review your credentials and try again or revisit your publishing steps to ensure your content has been published.

"data": {
    "layout": {
        "item": {
            "rendered": {
                "sitecore": {
                    "context": {
                    "pageEditing": false,
                    "site": {
                        "name": "SITE NAME HERE"
                    "pageState": "normal",
                    "language": "en",
                    "itemPath": "/"

You've now configured and verified you have Experience Edge set-up and configured properly for your environment.

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