Access-Control-Allow-Origin: Dealing with CORS Errors in Angular

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Getting this error in your Angular app?

No ‘Access-Control-Allow-Origin’ header is present on the requested resource.

You’ve run afoul of the Same Origin Policy – it says that every AJAX request must match the exact host, protocol, and port of your site. Things that might cause this:

  • Hitting a server from a locally-served file (a request from file:///YourApp/index.html to
  • Hitting an external API (a request from to
  • Hitting an internal API (a request from to
  • Hitting a different port on the same host (webapp is on http://localhost:3000, API is http://localhost:4000)
  • Requesting over http from https or vice-versa (requesting from

To be clear, this is not an Angular error. It afflicts all web apps equally, and most of the fixes we’ll look at below are actually modifying the server or the browser.

How to fix it

Here are a few ways to solve this problem:

Best: CORS header (requires server changes)

CORS (Cross-Origin Resource Sharing) is a way for the server to say “I will accept your request, even though you came from a different origin.” This requires cooperation from the server – so if you can’t modify the server (e.g. if you’re using an external API), this approach won’t work.

Modify the server to add the header Access-Control-Allow-Origin: * to enable cross-origin requests from anywhere (or specify a domain instead of *). This should solve your problem.

2nd choice: Proxy Server

If you can’t modify the server, you can run your own proxy. And this proxy can return the Access-Control-Allow-Origin header if it’s not at the Same Origin as your page.

Instead of sending API requests to some remote server, you’ll make requests to your proxy, which will forward them to the remote server. Here are a few proxy options.

3rd choice: JSONP (requires server support)

If CORS and the proxy server don’t work for you, JSONP may help. You essentially make a GET request with a callback parameter:


The server will wrap the JSON reply in a function call to your callback, where you can handle it:

foo({"your": "json", here: true})

There are some downsides, notably that JSONP only supports GET requests and that you still need a cooperative server.

Dev-Only: Disable Same Origin

If this is only for development or learning purposes, the easiest thing to do is to disable the Same Origin Policy in your browser. Be aware that if you do this, you’re opening your browser up to security risks. Follow these instructions:

This is more of a last resort. Modifying the server to support CORS or running a proxy are the best approaches.

Armed and Dangerous

You’re all set now to tackle any Access-Control-Allow-Origin errors that come your way!

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