Set cookies for cross origin requests

How to share cookies cross origin? More specifically, how to use the Set-Cookie header in combination with the header Access-Control-Allow-Origin?

Here's an explanation of my situation:

I am attempting to set a cookie for an API that is running on localhost:4000 in a web app that is hosted on localhost:3000.

It seems I'm receiving the right response headers in the browser, but unforturnately they have no effect. These are the response headers:

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Access-Control-Allow-Origin: http://localhost:3000
Vary: Origin, Accept-Encoding
Set-Cookie: token=0d522ba17e130d6d19eb9c25b7ac58387b798639f81ffe75bd449afbc3cc715d6b038e426adeac3316f0511dc7fae3f7; Max-Age=86400; Domain=localhost:4000; Path=/; Expires=Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:11:36 GMT; HttpOnly
Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8
Content-Length: 180
ETag: W/"b4-VNrmF4xNeHGeLrGehNZTQNwAaUQ"
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:11:36 GMT
Connection: keep-alive

Futhermore, I can see the cookie under Response Cookies when I inspect the traffic using the Network tab of Chrome's developer tools. Yet, I can't see a cookie being set in in the Application tab under Storage/Cookies. I don't see any CORS errors, so I assume I'm missing something else.

Any suggestions?

Update I:

I'm using the request module in a React-Redux app to issue a request to a /signin endpoint on the server. For the server I use express.

Express server:

res.cookie('token', 'xxx-xxx-xxx', { maxAge: 86400000, httpOnly: true, domain: 'localhost:3000' })

Request in browser:{ uri: '/signin', json: { userName: 'userOne', password: '123456'}}, (err, response, body) => {
    // doing stuff
Update II:

I am setting request and response headers now like crazy now, making sure that they are present in both the request and the response. Below is a screenshot. Notice the headers Access-Control-Allow-Credentials, Access-Control-Allow-Headers, Access-Control-Allow-Methods and Access-Control-Allow-Origin. Looking at the issue I found at Axios's github, I'm under the impression that all required headers are now set. Yet, there's still no luck...


What you need to do

To allow receiving & sending cookies by a CORS request successfully, do the following.

Back-end (server): Set the HTTP header Access-Control-Allow-Credentials value to true. Also, make sure the HTTP header Access-Control-Allow-Origin is set.

Front-end (client): Set the XMLHttpRequest.withCredentials flag to true, this can be achieved in different ways depending on the request-response library used:


Avoid having to use CORS in combination with cookies. You can achieve this with a proxy.

If you for whatever reason don't avoid it. The solution is above.

It turned out that Chrome won't set the cookie if the domain contains a port. Setting it for localhost (without port) is not a problem. Many thanks to Erwin for this tip!

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