Drew Noakes Drew Noakes - 9 months ago 36
jQuery Question

XmlHttpRequest error: Origin null is not allowed by Access-Control-Allow-Origin

I'm developing a page that pulls images from Flickr and Panoramio via jQuery's AJAX support.

The Flickr side is working fine, but when I try to

$.get(url, callback)
from Panoramio, I see an error in Chrome's console:

XMLHttpRequest cannot load http://www.panoramio.com/wapi/data/get_photos?v=1&key=dummykey&tag=test&offset=0&length=20&callback=processImages&minx=-30&miny=0&maxx=0&maxy=150. Origin null is not allowed by Access-Control-Allow-Origin.

If I query that URL from a browser directly it works fine. What is going on, and can I get around this? Am I composing my query incorrectly, or is this something that Panoramio does to hinder what I'm trying to do?

Google didn't turn up any useful matches on the error message.


Here's some sample code that shows the problem:

$().ready(function () {
var url = 'http://www.panoramio.com/wapi/data/get_photos?v=1&key=dummykey&tag=test&offset=0&length=20&callback=processImages&minx=-30&miny=0&maxx=0&maxy=150';

$.get(url, function (jsonp) {
var processImages = function (data) {


You can run the example online.


Thanks to Darin for his help with this. THE ABOVE CODE IS WRONG. Use this instead:

$().ready(function () {
var url = 'http://www.panoramio.com/wapi/data/get_photos?v=1&key=dummykey&tag=test&offset=0&length=20&minx=-30&miny=0&maxx=0&maxy=150&callback=?';

$.get(url, function (data) {
// can use 'data' in here...


For the record, as far as I can tell, you had two problems:

  1. You weren't passing a "jsonp" type specifier to your $.get, so it was using an ordinary XMLHttpRequest. However, your browser supported CORS (Cross-Origin Resource Sharing) to allow cross-domain XMLHttpRequest if the server OKed it. That's where the Access-Control-Allow-Origin header came in.

  2. I believe you mentioned you were running it from a file:// URL. There are two ways for CORS headers to signal that a cross-domain XHR is OK. One is to send Access-Control-Allow-Origin: * (which, if you were reaching Flickr via $.get, they must have been doing) while the other was to echo back the contents of the Origin header. However, file:// URLs produce a null Origin which can't be authorized via echo-back.

The first was solved in a roundabout way by Darin's suggestion to use $.getJSON. It does a little magic to change the request type from its default of "json" to "jsonp" if it sees the substring callback=? in the URL.

That solved the second by no longer trying to perform a CORS request from a file:// URL.

To clarify for other people, here are the simple troubleshooting instructions:

  1. If you're trying to use JSONP, make sure one of the following is the case:
    • You're using $.get and set dataType to jsonp.
    • You're using $.getJSON and included callback=? in the URL.
  2. If you're trying to do a cross-domain XMLHttpRequest via CORS...
    1. Make sure you're testing via http://. Scripts running via file:// have limited support for CORS.
    2. Make sure the browser actually supports CORS. (Opera and Internet Explorer are late to the party)