Enabling CORS for a REST API resource - Amazon API Gateway
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Enabling CORS for a REST API resource

Cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) is a browser security feature that restricts cross-origin HTTP requests that are initiated from scripts running in the browser. If your REST API's resources receive non-simple cross-origin HTTP requests, you need to enable CORS support.

Determining whether to enable CORS support

A cross-origin HTTP request is one that is made to:

  • A different domain (for example, from example.com to amazondomains.com)

  • A different subdomain (for example, from example.com to petstore.example.com)

  • A different port (for example, from example.com to example.com:10777)

  • A different protocol (for example, from https://example.com to http://example.com)

Cross-origin HTTP requests can be divided into two types: simple requests and non-simple requests.

An HTTP request is simple if all of the following conditions are true:

  • It is issued against an API resource that allows only GET, HEAD, and POST requests.

  • If it is a POST method request, it must include an Origin header.

  • The request payload content type is text/plain, multipart/form-data, or application/x-www-form-urlencoded.

  • The request does not contain custom headers.

  • Any additional requirements that are listed in the Mozilla CORS documentation for simple requests.

For simple cross-origin POST method requests, the response from your resource needs to include the header Access-Control-Allow-Origin, where the value of the header key is set to '*'(any origin) or is set to the origins allowed to access that resource.

All other cross-origin HTTP requests are non-simple requests. If your API's resources receive non-simple requests, you need to enable CORS support.

What it means to enable CORS support

When a browser receives a non-simple HTTP request, the CORS protocol requires the browser to send a preflight request to the server and wait for approval (or a request for credentials) from the server before sending the actual request. The preflight request appears to your API as an HTTP request that:

  • Includes an Origin header.

  • Uses the OPTIONS method.

  • Includes the following headers:

    • Access-Control-Request-Method

    • Access-Control-Request-Headers

To support CORS, therefore, a REST API resource needs to implement an OPTIONS method that can respond to the OPTIONS preflight request with at least the following response headers mandated by the Fetch standard:

  • Access-Control-Allow-Methods

  • Access-Control-Allow-Headers

  • Access-Control-Allow-Origin

How you enable CORS support depends on your API's integration type.

Enabling CORS support for mock integrations

For a mock integration, you enable CORS by creating an OPTIONS method to return the required response headers (with appropriate static values) as the method response headers. In addition, each of the actual CORS-enabled methods must also return the Access-Control-Allow-Origin:'request-originating server addresses' header in at least its 200 response, where the value of the header key is set to '*' (any origin) or is set to the origins allowed to access the resource.

Enabling CORS support for Lambda or HTTP non-proxy integrations and Amazon service integrations

For a Lambda custom (non-proxy) integration, HTTP custom (non-proxy) integration, or Amazon service integration, you can set up the required headers by using API Gateway method response and integration response settings. When you enable CORS by using the Amazon Web Services Management Console, API Gateway creates an OPTIONS method and attempts to add the Access-Control-Allow-Origin header to your existing method integration responses. This doesn’t always work, and sometimes you need to manually modify the integration response to properly enable CORS. Usually this just means manually modifying the integration response to return the Access-Control-Allow-Origin header.

Enabling CORS support for Lambda or HTTP proxy integrations

For a Lambda proxy integration or HTTP proxy integration, you can still set up the required OPTIONS response headers in API Gateway. However, your backend is responsible for returning the Access-Control-Allow-Origin and Access-Control-Allow-Headers headers, because a proxy integration doesn't return an integration response.

The following example Lambda functions return the required CORS headers:

exports.handler = async (event) => { const response = { statusCode: 200, headers: { "Access-Control-Allow-Headers" : "Content-Type", "Access-Control-Allow-Origin": "https://www.example.com", "Access-Control-Allow-Methods": "OPTIONS,POST,GET" }, body: JSON.stringify('Hello from Lambda!'), }; return response; };
Python 3
import json def lambda_handler(event, context): return { 'statusCode': 200, 'headers': { 'Access-Control-Allow-Headers': 'Content-Type', 'Access-Control-Allow-Origin': 'https://www.example.com', 'Access-Control-Allow-Methods': 'OPTIONS,POST,GET' }, 'body': json.dumps('Hello from Lambda!') }