SebT SebT - 9 months ago 100
Javascript Question

Play! 2.4: How to allow CORS from origin file://

I'm using play 2.4 to make a public REST API. I added the CORS filter allowing all origins and headers.

See from application.conf:

play.filters {
# CORS filter configuration
cors {

# The path prefixes to filter.
pathPrefixes = ["/"]

# The allowed origins. If null, all origins are allowed.
allowedOrigins = null

# The allowed HTTP methods. If null, all methods are allowed
allowedHttpMethods = null

# The allowed HTTP headers. If null, all headers are allowed.
allowedHttpHeaders = null

# The exposed headers
exposedHeaders = []

# Whether to support credentials
supportsCredentials = true

# The maximum amount of time the CORS meta data should be cached by the client
preflightMaxAge = 1 hour

It works perfectly fine when I call the API from a classic browser (chrome/firefox tested), regardless of the origin as I allowed all.

BUT when I try to call it form a cordova application (in cordova apps, the origin of ajax requests are
), I get a CORS error:
No 'Access-Control-Allow-Origin' header is present on the requested resource. Origin 'file://' is therefore not allowed access. The response had HTTP status code 403
. As if I didn't allow origin 'file://'

I tried to consume another API that allows CORS (GET to check if it wasn't cordova that blocked the request but it worked fine. So I guess the problem comes from Play.

I tried to set
allowedOrigins = ["file://"]
but it doesn't work either...

Any help please?

EDIT: This isn't a duplicate of Cross origin GET from local file:// : I can't install a webserver as this is a cordova application. The files are served from the phone/tablet file system to the WebView.
This is a Play framework specific question, I used to have no problems with an older version. Maybe the default CorsFilter can be modified to allow origin file://

EDIT 2: After it's been requested, here's the (very simple) code I use for my custom scala filter.

// CORSFilter.scala
package filters
import play.api.libs.concurrent.Execution.Implicits.defaultContext
import play.api.mvc._
import play.mvc.Http

* Allow CORS from anywhere, any method
class CORSFilter extends EssentialFilter {
def apply(nextFilter: EssentialAction) = new EssentialAction {
def apply(requestHeader: RequestHeader) = {
.map { result =>
if (requestHeader.method.equals("OPTIONS")) {
Http.HeaderNames.ACCESS_CONTROL_ALLOW_HEADERS -> "X-Requested-With, Accept, Content-Type",
} else {
Http.HeaderNames.ACCESS_CONTROL_ALLOW_HEADERS -> "X-Requested-With, Accept, Content-Type",
Http.HeaderNames.ACCESS_CONTROL_EXPOSE_HEADERS -> "X-Custom-Header-To-Expose")

Note that I only use this in development mode and it has some issues. For exemple if an exception is not caught at runtime, the response won't have the CORS headers because the filter is not applied. But if this is for a cordova application, it should work fine enough.

Answer Source

Ok, the problem comes from this line of code in the Play framework:

As the URI is 'file://', the domain/host of the URI is null so new URI throws an error and then Play returns a 403 error. To fix this we need to patch the framework or try to change the origin to 'file://'.

I found a workaround for my use case: disable CORS on Play. Then when I use ajax from my cordova app, the origin isn't checked.

The problem with this workaround is that if I want to enable CORS on my Play project for any reason, the cordova app won't work since Play will check the origin and reject it.