Conquering CORS in ASP.NET Core 8: A Streamlined Guide Part 1

Understanding CORS

CORS is a security mechanism implemented by web browsers to restrict interactions between websites from different origins (domain, protocol, or port). It aims to prevent malicious scripts from accessing sensitive data on other domains.

Configuring CORS in ASP.NET Core 8

Here's a step-by-step guide to enabling CORS in your .NET Core 8 web API:

  1. Install the CORS Middleware (if necessary):

    • In .NET Core 3.0 and below, you might need to install the Microsoft.AspNetCore.Cors NuGet package. However, for .NET Core 8 and above, CORS functionality is included by default.
  2. Add CORS Services in Startup.cs:

    • In the ConfigureServices method of your Startup.cs file, add CORS services to the dependency injection container:
    public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)
        services.AddCors(options =>
            options.AddPolicy("MyPolicy", builder =>
                // Configure your CORS policy here
        // ... other service registrations
  3. Configure CORS Policy:

    • Within the AddPolicy method, define your CORS policy. You can specify allowed origins, methods, headers, and credentials:
    options.AddPolicy("MyPolicy", builder =>
            .WithOrigins("") // Replace with allowed origin(s)
    • WithOrigins: Specify the allowed domain(s) for cross-origin requests.
    • AllowAnyMethod: Allow all HTTP methods (GET, POST, PUT, DELETE, etc.).
    • AllowAnyHeader: Allow all request headers.

    Note: For production environments, it's generally recommended to restrict origins, methods, and headers for enhanced security.

  4. Register CORS Middleware in Configure Method:

    • In the Configure method of your Startup.cs file, add the CORS middleware to the application pipeline:
    public void Configure(IApplicationBuilder app, IWebHostEnvironment env)
        // ... other middleware registrations
        app.UseCors("MyPolicy"); // Use the configured policy
        // ... other middleware registrations

Testing CORS

Once you've implemented CORS configuration, test your web API using a tool like Postman or by making cross-origin requests from your frontend application. CORS errors should be resolved.

Advanced CORS Configuration

For more granular control, you can explore these options:

  • Multiple CORS Policies: Define multiple policies with different restrictions for various origins or scenarios.
  • Custom Policy Logic: Utilize a delegate to define custom logic for policy enforcement within the WithOrigins method.
  • Using Attributes: Apply the [EnableCors("MyPolicy")] attribute to controllers or actions to enable CORS selectively.


  • Security: Always prioritize security when configuring CORS. Consider restricting origins, methods, and headers to the minimum required functionality.
  • Development vs. Production: Use more permissive CORS settings during development for easier testing, but tighten restrictions for production environments to mitigate potential security risks.

By following these steps and keeping security in mind, you can effectively address CORS issues in your ASP.NET Core 8 web API, ensuring seamless communication between cross-origin applications.

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