Access-Control-Allow-Origin Header and the ASP.NET Web API

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Access-Control-Allow-Origin Header and the ASP.NET Web API

Here's a look at a solution to an Access-Control-Allow-Origin Header error, with background info, how to use the code, and more.

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In this article we are going to look at few possible fixes we can apply when we get an error “Response to preflight request doesn’t pass access control check: No ‘Access-Control-Allow-Origin’ header is present on the requested resource. Origin ‘http://localhost:58018’ is therefore not allowed access.” We get this error when we are trying to get some data from another origin, like an AJAX call. In this post, we will discuss the solutions for this error in detail and we will also discuss Cross Origin Requests. Here I am going to use Visual Studio 2015, Web API 2. I hope you will like this.


I hosted my Web API in a server, and what that API does is, it will just return the data in JSON format. But when I try to consume this Web API via an Ajax call, I was getting the error “No ‘Access-Control-Allow-Origin’ header is present on the requested resource”. I solved the same issues in different ways. Here I am going to share those.

Using the Code

I assume that you have created a Web API and hosted it on your server. If you are new to Web API, you can always get some information from here Articles Related To Web API.

We all will have some situations where we need to fetch some data from another domain or another site, right? If it is from the same site, you won’t be facing any issues at all. Like you are calling an Ajax call from the page www.SibeeshPassion.com/Receiver.html to www.SibeeshPassion.com/Sender.html to get the data, here the origin is same, and therefore, you will get the data. What happens is when the sender and receiver is not in the same origin, like you need to get the data from www.Microsoft.com by an Ajax call in www.SibeeshPassion.com/Receiver.html, the browser will not allow you to get the sensitive data from other domain, for the security purpose your browser will return you “No ‘Access-Control-Allow-Origin'.” To overcome this, we have something called Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS). Basically the process of allowing other sites to call your Web API is called CORS. According to W3 Org CORS is a standard which tells the server to allow the calls from other origins given. It is much secured than using JSONP(Previously we had been using JSON for getting the data from other domains.).

Fix To No Access-Control-Allow-Origin Header is Present

We can fix this issue in two ways,

  • By using Microsoft.AspNet.WebApi.Cors
  • By adding header information in Web.config
  • We will explain both now.

    By Using Microsoft.AspNet.WebApi.Cors

    To work with this fix, you must include the package By using Microsoft.AspNet.WebApi.Cors from Manage Nuget window.


    Now got to App_Start folder from your solution. Then click on the file WebApiConfig.cs, this is the file where we set the configuration for our Web API.


    Then you can add the preceding codes in the static function  Register .

     var cors = new EnableCorsAttribute("*", "*", "*");

    If you do this, the CORS will be applied globally for all the Web API controllers you have. This is the easiest way of doing it. Now if you want to see the metadata of  EnableCorsAttribute , you can see find it below.

     // Summary:
            //     Initializes a new instance of the System.Web.Http.Cors.EnableCorsAttribute class.
            // Parameters:
            //   origins:
            //     Comma-separated list of origins that are allowed to access the resource. Use
            //     "*" to allow all.
            //   headers:
            //     Comma-separated list of headers that are supported by the resource. Use "*" to
            //     allow all. Use null or empty string to allow none.
            //   methods:
            //     Comma-separated list of methods that are supported by the resource. Use "*" to
            //     allow all. Use null or empty string to allow none.
            public EnableCorsAttribute(string origins, string headers, string methods);

    As it is mentioned, it accepts the parameters origins, headers, methods. Here we pass *   to all the three parameters to make everything to be allowable.

    You can also try the same as below in the Register function. Here we are going to apply CORS for a particular controller, which means it will be applied to all the actions in the controller. Before that make sure you have added the preceding code in your WebApiConfig.cs file


    And in the API controller, you need to set the origins, headers, methods as preceding.

    using System;
    using System.Collections.Generic;
    using System.IO;
    using System.Linq;
    using System.Net;
    using System.Net.Http;
    using System.Web.Http;
    using Newtonsoft.Json;
    using Newtonsoft.Json.Converters;
    using System.Configuration;
    using System.Data;
    using System.Data.SqlClient;
    using System.Runtime.Serialization;
    using System.Text;
    using System.Web;
    using System.Web.Http.Cors;
    namespace APIServiceApplication.Controllers
        [EnableCors(origins: "*", headers: "*", methods: "*")]
        public class DefaultController : ApiController

    Make sure that you have added namespace using System.Web.Http.Cors; to use CORS. You can always disable CORS in an action by using [DisableCors].

    namespace APIServiceApplication.Controllers
        [EnableCors(origins: "*", headers: "*", methods: "*")]
        public class DefaultController : ApiController
            public string XMLData(string id)
                return "Your requested product" + id;

    Here we have disabled CORS for the action XMLData. And again if you need to apply CORS only in a single action, you can do that as follows.

    namespace APIServiceApplication.Controllers
        public class DefaultController : ApiController
            [EnableCors(origins: "*", headers: "*", methods: "*")]
            public string XMLData(string id)
                return "Your requested product" + id;

    I hope you are aware of how to enable CORS now.

    By Adding Header Information in Web.config

    Another fix we can do is that add some tags to our Web.config file.

              <add name="Access-Control-Allow-Origin" value="*" />
              <add name="Access-Control-Allow-Headers" value="Content-Type" />
              <add name="Access-Control-Allow-Methods" value="GET,POST,PUT,DELETE,OPTIONS" />
             <add name="Access-Control-Allow-Credentials" value="true" />

    As you can see we have added keys with value for the listed items.

  • Access-Control-Allow-Origin (For Origin)
  • Access-Control-Allow-Headers (For Headers)
  • Access-Control-Allow-Methods (For Methods)
  • Now if you go to your server and check, you can see that all the things are configured perfectly. I have configured my API in my server IIS, so I am going to see my Response Header settings in IIS.

    Go to the command window and type inetmgr and click OK, your IIS will be opened shortly, now find your Web API which you have already configured under Default Web Site. Before doing this, please make sure that you have configured IIS in your windows. If you don’t know how to configure, I strongly recommend you to read Configure IIS in Windows.


    Go to Features View and double click on HTTP Response Headers under IIS category.


    You can see all the settings has been configured there.


    That’s all, now if you run your application, you will be able to fetch the data from your Web API.

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