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Enable CORS for an API Gateway 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 cross-origin requests, you may need to enable CORS support on those resources.

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

  • A different domain (for example, from to

  • A different subdomain (for example, from to

  • A different port (for example, from to

  • A different protocol (for example, from to

Determining Whether to Enable CORS Support

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.


If your API resource receives only simple cross-origin HTTP requests, you do not need to enable CORS support on it.

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'll 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.

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.

For a Lambda custom (non-proxy) integration, HTTP custom (non-proxy) integration, or AWS service integration, you can set up the required headers by using API Gateway method response and integration response settings. API Gateway will create an OPTIONS method and attempt 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.

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 is an example of a Node.js Lambda function that is configured to return the required CORS headers:

'use strict'; exports.handler = function(event, context) { var responseCode = 200; var response = { statusCode: responseCode, headers: { "x-custom-header" : "my custom header value", "Access-Control-Allow-Origin": "" }, body: JSON.stringify(event) }; context.succeed(response); };

A more complete Node.js example can be found here.

The following is an example of a Python code snippet that returns the required CORS headers:

response["headers"] = { 'Content-Type': 'application/json', 'Access-Control-Allow-Origin': '*' }

The following is an example that returns the required headers for CORS using Serverless Application Model (SAM), including AllowHeaders:

Globals: Api: # Allows an application running locally on port 8080 to call this API Cors: AllowMethods: "'OPTIONS,POST,GET'" AllowHeaders: "'Content-Type'" AllowOrigin: "'http://localhost:8080'"

The following is a Lambda proxy example that returns the same headers as the SAM example:

return { 'statusCode': 200, 'headers': { "Access-Control-Allow-Origin": "http://localhost:8080", "Access-Control-Allow-Headers": "Content-Type", "Access-Control-Allow-Methods": "OPTIONS,POST,GET" }, 'body': json.dumps(response) }

You can test CORS by customizing the following cURL command for the actual method and origin header you are using:

curl -v -X OPTIONS -H "Access-Control-Request-Method: POST" -H "Origin:" https://{restapi_id}.execute-api.{region}{stage_name}

Enable CORS on a Resource Using the API Gateway Console

You can use the API Gateway console to enable CORS support for one or all methods on a REST API resource that you have created.


Resources can contain child resources. Enabling CORS support for a resource and its methods does not recursively enable it for child resources and their methods.

Enable CORS support on a REST API resource

  1. Sign in to the API Gateway console at

  2. Choose the API from the APIs list.

  3. Choose a resource under Resources. This will enable CORS for all the methods on the resource.

    Alternatively, you could choose a method under the resource to enable CORS for just this method.

  4. Choose Enable CORS from the Actions drop-down menu.

                        Choose Enable CORS
  5. In the Enable CORS form, do the following:

    1. In the Access-Control-Allow-Headers input field, type a static string of a comma-separated list of headers that the client must submit in the actual request of the resource. Use the console-provided header list of 'Content-Type,X-Amz-Date,Authorization,X-Api-Key,X-Amz-Security-Token' or specify your own headers.

    2. Use the console-provided value of '*' as the Access-Control-Allow-Origin header value to allow access requests from all origins, or specify origins to be permitted to access the resource.

    3. Choose Enable CORS and replace existing CORS headers.

                        Choose which headers are allowed


    When applying the above instructions to the ANY method in a proxy integration, any applicable CORS headers will not be set. Instead, your backend must return the applicable CORS headers, such as Access-Control-Allow-Origin.

  6. In Confirm method changes, choose Yes, overwrite existing values to confirm the new CORS settings.

                        Confirm overwrite of existing values

After CORS is enabled on the GET method, an OPTIONS method is added to the resource, if it is not already there. The 200 response of the OPTIONS method is automatically configured to return the three Access-Control-Allow-* headers to fulfill preflight handshakes. In addition, the actual (GET) method is also configured by default to return the Access-Control-Allow-Origin header in its 200 response as well. For other types of responses, you will need to manually configure them to return Access-Control-Allow-Origin' header with '*' or specific origins, if you do not want to return the Cross-origin access error.

After you enable CORS support on your resource, you must deploy or redeploy the API for the new settings to take effect.