Arslan Tariq Arslan Tariq - 3 months ago 19
React JSX Question

Can't send a post request when the 'Content-Type' is set to 'application/json'

I am working on a React application and I am using fetch to send a request. I have made a Sign Up form recently and now I am integrating it with it's API. Previously the API accepted url encoded data and it was all working fine. but now that the requirement has changed and the API accepts data in JSON, I had to change the content-type header from 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded' to 'application/json'. But I get the following error:

Fetch API cannot load
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:3000' is therefore not allowed
access. If an opaque response serves your needs, set the request's
mode to 'no-cors' to fetch the resource with CORS disabled.

I have even set the 'Access-Control-Allow-Headers' in the API but it still doesn't work. Here is the relevant code for the client side:

sendFormData() {
let {user} = this.props;

var formData = {
first_name: ReactDOM.findDOMNode(this.refs.firstName).value,
last_name: ReactDOM.findDOMNode(this.refs.lastName).value,
city: ReactDOM.findDOMNode(this.refs.currentCity).value,
country: ReactDOM.findDOMNode(this.refs.currentCountry).value,
is_willing_to_relocate: user.selectedOption,
cities: relocateTo,
professions: opportunity,
skills: skills,
languages: language,
min_gross_salary: minSal,
max_gross_salary: maxSal,
email: ReactDOM.findDOMNode(,
password: ReactDOM.findDOMNode(this.refs.password).value

var request = new Request('', {
method: 'POST',
mode: 'cors',
headers: new Headers({
'Accept': 'application/json',
'Content-Type': 'application/json'

var requestBody = JSON.stringify(formData);


fetch(request, {body: requestBody})
function (response) {
if (response.status == 200 || response.status == 201) {
return response.json();
} else {
console.log('Failure!', response.status);
}).then(function (json) {

var responseBody = json;

console.log(typeof responseBody, responseBody);


And here is the relevant API code:

class Cors
* Handle an incoming request.
* @param \Illuminate\Http\Request $request
* @param \Closure $next
* @return mixed
public function handle($request, Closure $next)
return $next($request)
->header('Access-Control-Allow-Origin', '*')
->header('Access-Control-Allow-Methods', 'GET, POST, PUT, DELETE, OPTIONS')
->header('Access-Control-Allow-Headers: Origin, Content-Type, application/json');

I really can't figure out the problem. Any kind of help will be appreciated.


It turns out that CORS only allows some specific content types.

The only allowed values for the Content-Type header are:

  • application/x-www-form-urlencoded
  • multipart/form-data
  • text/plain


To set the content type to be 'application/json', I had to set a custom content type header in the API. Just removed the last header and added this one:

->header('Access-Control-Allow-Headers', 'Content-Type');

and it is working all good.