Access-Control-Allow-Origin

The Access-Control-Allow-Origin response header indicates whether the response can be shared with requesting code from the given origin.

Header type Response header
Forbidden header name no

Syntax

Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *
Access-Control-Allow-Origin: <origin>
Access-Control-Allow-Origin: null

Directives

*
For requests without credentials, the literal value "*" can be specified, as a wildcard; the value tells browsers to allow requesting code from any origin to access the resource. Attempting to use the wildcard with credentials will result in an error.
<origin>
Specifies an origin. Only a single origin can be specified. If the server supports clients from multiple origins, it must return the origin for the specific client making the request.
null
Specifies the origin "null".
Note: null should not be used: "It may seem safe to return Access-Control-Allow-Origin: "null", but the serialization of the Origin of any resource that uses a non-hierarchical scheme (such as data: or file:) and sandboxed documents is defined to be "null". Many User Agents will grant such documents access to a response with an Access-Control-Allow-Origin: "null" header, and any origin can create a hostile document with a "null" Origin. The "null" value for the ACAO header should therefore be avoided."

Examples

A response that tells the browser to allow code from any origin to access a resource will include the following:

Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *

A response that tells the browser to allow requesting code from the origin https://developer.mozilla.org to access a resource will include the following:

Access-Control-Allow-Origin: https://developer.mozilla.org

Limiting the possible Access-Control-Allow-Origin values to a set of allowed origins requires code on the server side to check the value of the Origin request header, compare that to a list of allowed origins, and then if the Origin value is in the list, to set the Access-Control-Allow-Origin value to the same value as the Origin value.

CORS and caching

If the server sends a response with an Access-Control-Allow-Origin value that is an explicit origin (rather than the "*" wildcard), then the response should also include a Vary response header with the value Origin — to indicate to browsers that server responses can differ based on the value of the Origin request header.

Access-Control-Allow-Origin: https://developer.mozilla.org
Vary: Origin

Specifications

Specification
Fetch Standard (Fetch)
# http-access-control-allow-origin

Browser compatibility

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See also