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Npm CORS Libraries

Most Popular Npm CORS Libraries

NameSizeLicenseAgeLast Published
cors6.03 kBMIT10 Years4 Nov 2018
http-proxy-middleware18.14 kBMIT8 Years20 Apr 2022
corser5.73 kBMIT12 Years16 Aug 2016
@koa/cors5.77 kBMIT6 Years8 Oct 2022
has-cors1.46 kBMIT10 Years12 Nov 2014
local-web-server4.72 kBMIT10 Years7 Feb 2023
koa-cors4.04 kBMIT10 Years8 Jun 2015
kcors3.57 kBMIT8 Years11 Jul 2018
@fastify/cors14.22 kBMIT1 Years25 May 2023
koa2-cors2.96 kBMIT7 Years17 Jul 2018
cors-anywhere30.43 kBMIT11 Years17 Mar 2021
hapi-cors-headers2.62 kBMIT8 Years16 Nov 2017
restify-cors-middleware22.61 kBMIT9 Years7 Jun 2018
egg-cors3.89 kBUNKNOWN7 Years14 Nov 2019
minixhr2.25 kBMIT8 Years12 Jun 2018

When Are CORS Libraries Useful

Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) libraries are primarily used to manage the restrictions imposed by the Same-Origin Policy imposed by web browsers. This policy permits only scripts from the same origin to access certain resources, which may not always be desirable. CORS libraries are crucial when:

  1. You're developing a front-end JavaScript application that interacts with an API which resides on a different domain. The application needs to make cross-origin requests to access this API. Without CORS, this operation would be blocked.
  2. You need fine-grained control over what kinds of method, header, or origin restrictions apply to your resources.
  3. You want flexibility in handling preflight requests. Web browsers send OPTIONS requests by default, before sending the actual request, to ensure the server permits the intended cross-origin operation.

What Functionalities do CORS Libraries Usually Have?

While specific functionalities can vary depending on the CORS library used, they typically include:

  1. Changing CORS headers: The ability to modify Access-Control-Allow-* headers, including Access-Control-Allow-Origin, Access-Control-Allow-Methods, and Access-Control-Allow-Headers.
  2. Handling preflight requests: Libraries can automatically respond to CORS preflight OPTIONS requests with the appropriate headers.
  3. Dynamic origin configuration: This permits certain endpoints to be accessible from specific origins.
  4. Credential setup: The Access-Control-Allow-Credentials header, if set to true, tells browsers to expose the response to front-end JavaScript when the request's credentials mode (Request.credentials) is include.
  5. Exposed headers setup: The Access-Control-Expose-Headers header lets the server whitelist headers that JavaScript (on your frontend) can access.

Gotchas/Pitfalls to Look Out For

Here are some common gotchas and pitfalls to look out for:

  1. Broadly set CORS headers: Setting Access-Control-Allow-Origin to wildcard (*) allows any origin to access your server, which can create security issues. Itโ€™s crucial to carefully configure your CORS policy depending on your application's requirements.
  2. Credentials and wildcards: If a preflight request includes credentials, the server cannot use wildcard (*) in the Access-Control-Allow-Origin header. It must specify a precise origin.
  3. Misunderstanding of Preflight Requests: Many developers often get confused by the OPTIONS request sent by the browser. Understanding how preflight requests work is imperative for handling CORS appropriately.
  4. Over-reliance on CORS for security: CORS is not security. While it can restrict who can request your resources, it should not be the sole defense against attacks. Additional measures, such as API keys and token-based authentication, should be used.