How to enable cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) in the express.js framework on node.js


Question

I'm trying to build a web server in node.js that will support cross-domain scripting, while still providing static files from a public directory. I'm using the express.js and am not really sure how to allow cross-domain scripting (Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *).

I saw this post, which I did not find helpful.

var express = require('express')
  , app = express.createServer();

app.get('/', function (req, res, next) {
    res.header("Access-Control-Allow-Origin", "*");
    res.header("Access-Control-Allow-Headers", "X-Requested-With");
    next();
});

app.configure(function () {
    app.use(express.methodOverride());
    app.use(express.bodyParser());
    app.use(app.router);
});

app.configure('development', function () {

    app.use(express.static(__dirname + '/public'));
    app.use(express.errorHandler({ dumpExceptions: true, showStack: true }));
});

app.configure('production', function () {


    var oneYear = 31557600000;
    //    app.use(express.static(__dirname + '/public', { maxAge: oneYear }));
    app.use(express.static(__dirname + '/public'));
    app.use(express.errorHandler());
});

app.listen(8888);
console.log('express running at http://localhost:%d', 8888);
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2/2/2019 9:27:08 AM

Accepted Answer

Check out the example from enable-cors.org:

In your ExpressJS app on node.js, do the following with your routes:

app.all('/', function(req, res, next) {
  res.header("Access-Control-Allow-Origin", "*");
  res.header("Access-Control-Allow-Headers", "X-Requested-With");
  next();
 });

app.get('/', function(req, res, next) {
  // Handle the get for this route
});

app.post('/', function(req, res, next) {
 // Handle the post for this route
});

The first call (app.all) should be made before all the other routes in your app (or at least the ones you want to be CORS enabled).

[Edit]

If you want the headers to show up for static files as well, try this (make sure it's before the call to use(express.static()):

app.use(function(req, res, next) {
  res.header("Access-Control-Allow-Origin", "*");
  res.header("Access-Control-Allow-Headers", "X-Requested-With");
  next();
});

I tested this with your code, and got the headers on assets from the public directory:

var express = require('express')
  , app = express.createServer();

app.configure(function () {
    app.use(express.methodOverride());
    app.use(express.bodyParser());
    app.use(function(req, res, next) {
      res.header("Access-Control-Allow-Origin", "*");
      res.header("Access-Control-Allow-Headers", "X-Requested-With");
      next();
    });
    app.use(app.router);
});

app.configure('development', function () {
    app.use(express.static(__dirname + '/public'));
    app.use(express.errorHandler({ dumpExceptions: true, showStack: true }));
});

app.configure('production', function () {
    app.use(express.static(__dirname + '/public'));
    app.use(express.errorHandler());
});

app.listen(8888);
console.log('express running at http://localhost:%d', 8888);

You could, of course, package the function up into a module so you can do something like

// cors.js

module.exports = function() {
  return function(req, res, next) {
    res.header("Access-Control-Allow-Origin", "*");
    res.header("Access-Control-Allow-Headers", "X-Requested-With");
    next();
  };
}

// server.js

cors = require('./cors');
app.use(cors());
156
5/21/2015 3:33:20 PM

Following @Michelle Tilley solution, apparently it didn't work for me at first. Not sure why, maybe I am using chrome and different version of node. After did some minor tweaks, it is working for me now.

app.all('*', function(req, res, next) {
  res.header('Access-Control-Allow-Origin', '*');
  res.header('Access-Control-Allow-Methods', 'PUT, GET, POST, DELETE, OPTIONS');
  res.header('Access-Control-Allow-Headers', 'Content-Type');
  next();
});

In case someone facing similar issue as mine, this might be helpful.


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