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Making cross-origin HTTP requests

eZ Platform ships with NelmioCorsBundle, an open-source Symfony bundle that provides support for CORS (Cross-Origin Resource Sharing). The REST API is pre-configured to respond to such requests, as long as you customize the allowed origins as explained below.

What is CORS?

Supported by most modern browsers, this W3C specification defines a set of custom headers that, under specific circumstances, allow HTTP requests between different hosts. The main use-case is execution of AJAX code from one site towards another.


Since CORS support is provided by a third party bundle, we re-use the semantic configuration it provides. You can read more about it in NelmioCorsBundle's README.

The origin of a request is one of the main criteria for allowing or blocking a cross-origin request. Such requests will come with an Origin HTTP header, automatically added by the browser, that gets approved/blocked by the server. By default, all cross-origin requests will be blocked.

Granting an origin default access

To allow a specific host to execute cross-origin requests, you need to add this host to the nelmio_cors.default.allow_origin configuration array in config.yml. As an example, in order to allow requests from you would add those lines to app/config/config.yml:

        allow_origin: [ '' ]

Changing configuration of NelmioCorsBundle for eZ Platform REST

The default configuration of NelmioCorsBundle for eZ Platform REST paths is set in the nelmio_cors.yml file. To adapt these settings to your own needs you have to overwrite them in the app/config/config.yml file under the same configuration path, for instance:

            max_age: 3600
            allow_credentials: false
            allow_origin: ['']

Granting CORS access to your own HTTP resources

NelmioCorsBundle is perfectly safe to use for any non-eZ HTTP resource you would like to expose. Follow the instructions in NelmioCorsBundle's configuration chapter.