When you visit a Wild Apricot site – as an administrator, member, or visitor – cookies may be placed on your computer by Wild Apricot or a third party. A complete list of cookies placed by Wild Apricot appears below.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a chunk of data – typically stored as a text file – that is placed on your computer or other device when you visit a particular website.

The cookie is used to identify your device to the website when you visit again so the site can load your preferences, automatically accept your credentials, or otherwise personalize the experience. Cookies do not store personal information about you, just information identifying your device.

Accepting cookies

Within your browser settings, you can choose whether to accept cookies. To access Wild Apricot sites as an administrator or a member, you need to enable cookies (which most browsers do by default). For instructions on enabling cookies in different browsers, click here.

If you using Safari as your browser, you also need to enable cross-site tracking by disabling the Prevent Cross-Site Tracking option.

Third-party cookies

You can also separately control whether to accept third-party cookies – cookies placed by third party services that are integrated into the website you are visiting.

For example, third-party cookies are used by Google Analytics for tracking website traffic, and by Wild Apricot to embed its functionality on non-Wild Apricot sites using widgets. You only need to enable third-party cookies only if you are using third-party services that require you to do so.

By default, Safari blocks third-party cookies, while Firefox and Chrome accept them. Internet Explorer blocks third-party cookies by default but allows users to accept them from Wild Apricot and other sites. Some firewalls or browser plug-ins may affect your browser's cookies settings.

If you copied the code to embed Wild Apricot widgets on another website before June 27, 2013, visitors to the site must accept third-party cookies for the widgets to work. Widget code copied after that date does not require third-party cookies to be accepted.

The new widget code allows visitors who have blocked third-party cookies to receive cookies by first redirecting them to your Wild Apricot site – making it a visited site – before returning them to your other site that contains the Wild Apricot widgets.

Cookies placed via Wild Apricot sites

The following cookies are placed by Wild Apricot on your computer or device to support the operation of your Wild Apricot site.

Cookie prefix Description
absf Stores selected folder in file browser.


Additional session key.

avms Indicates that the site was switched from public view to admin view.

bc, bs

Used to display notifications in place of the Wild Apricot logo.


Used for CSRF (Cross-site request forgery) attack protection.


Stores the return URL after an unsuccessful attempt to authorize a transaction with Wild Apricot Payments (AffiniPay).

epce System cookie which indicates that external auth request failed and contains ExternalAuthProvider name.


Used to determine if the user is viewing the site in https mode.

lap, apc

Stores the last opened page in admin view. Used when switching between public and admin view.

Used by the member directory gadget to store the advanced search parameters for users who are not logged in.
ops Indicates whether an online payment has been initiated.


Stores the last opened page in public view. Used when switching between admin and public view.

Stores the previous selected payment system when saving payment settings.


Stores the return URL after successfully authorizing a transaction with Wild Apricot Payments (AffiniPay).


Stores role of user (contact/member/admin).


Stores the association ID. Used when authorizing a transaction with Wild Apricot Payments (AffiniPay).


Used to display information about incomplete applications and event registrations, open invoices etc.


Test cookie used to determine if cookies are enabled in client browser.

Identifies that theme switching is in progress and determines where to redirect after theme switching is completed.


Main authorization cookie.


Used for wizards (member application, event registration, etc).


Also used for wizards (member application, event registration, etc).

When you visit a Wild Apricot website that embeds functionality from a third-party site, the third-party site may place a cookie on your computer or device. For example, if you embed a Facebook widget on your Wild Apricot site, Facebook may place a cookie to personalize your online experience (for example, show you advertisements that reflect your interests).

If you are embedding Wild Apricot functionality on another site using widgets, a technical cookie may be saved to your visitors' computers or devices if third-party cookies are disabled in their browser.

If you have a free, ad-supported Wild Apricot account, Google AdSense will display ads on your site and place a cookie on your computer or device.

Wild Apricot uses Google Analytics, UserVoice, MixPanel, Gainsight, and NewRelic services for internal activity tracking and collecting feedback, so a cookie from these services listed above may also be placed on your computer.

Obtaining consent to use cookies

A 2011 European Union privacy law requires websites to obtain consent from visitors before placing cookies on their devices.

A free open source solution is available that you can use on your Wild Apricot site to inform visitors of your site's cookie use and prompt them to change their settings to accept or reject them.

You can choose from various options then generate the code which you paste into the Raw headers section on the Meta-tags page in Wild Apricot. For more information on this solution, click here.


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