fitzgeraldsteele fitzgeraldsteele - 8 months ago 29
Javascript Question

jQuery $.ajax(), $.post sending "OPTIONS" as REQUEST_METHOD in Firefox

Having trouble with what I thought was a relatively simple jQuery plugin...

The plugin should fetch data from a php script via ajax to add options to a

. The ajax request is pretty generic:

url: o.url,
type: 'post',
contentType: "application/x-www-form-urlencoded",
data: '{"method":"getStates", "program":"EXPLORE"}',
success: function (data, status) {
error: function (xhr, desc, err) {
console.log("Desc: " + desc + "\nErr:" + err);

This seems to work fine in Safari. In Firefox 3.5, the
on the server is always 'OPTIONS', and the $_POST data does not appear. Apache logs the request as type 'OPTIONS':

::1 - - [08/Jul/2009:11:43:27 -0500] "OPTIONS sitecodes.php HTTP/1.1" 200 46

Why would this ajax call work in Safari, but not Firefox, and how do I fix it for Firefox?

Response Headers
Date: Wed, 08 Jul 2009 21:22:17 GMT
Server:Apache/2.0.59 (Unix) PHP/5.2.6 DAV/2
X-Powered-By: PHP/5.2.6
Content-Length 46
Keep-Alive timeout=15, max=100
Connection Keep-Alive
Content-Type text/html

Request Headers
Host orderform:8888
User-Agent Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10.5; en-US; rv:1.9.1) Gecko/20090624 Firefox/3.5
Accept text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8
Accept-Language en-us,en;q=0.5
Accept-Encoding gzip,deflate
Accept-Charset ISO-8859-1,utf-8;q=0.7,*;q=0.7
Keep-Alive 300
Connection keep-alive
Access-Control-Request-Method POST
Access-Control-Request-Headers x-requested-with

Here is a picture of the Firebug output:


The reason for the error is the same origin policy. It only allows you to do XMLHTTPRequests to your own domain. See if you can use a JSONP callback instead:

$.getJSON( 'http://<url>/api.php?callback=?', function ( data ) { alert ( data ); } );