Enable Cross-Origin Requests with Next.js

Using httpOnly cookies adds a level of security to your application by authenticating clients without making the cookie or JWT readable via javascript on the client itself. These are particularly useful to authenticate resources in Next.js API Routes.

Here's how to set up fetch in the browser to work with Next's API middlewares.

Fetch exposes an option to include credentials made to a resource, which attach server-side httpOnly cookies attached to the domain.

We set the request up to include credentials:

fetch("<https://example.com/api/secure_resource>", {
    method: 'GET',
    mode: 'cors',
    headers: {
      'Content-Type': 'application/json'
    body: JSON.stringify({data})

Now, we need to receive a specific set of headers from the server to pass the cors requirements. The documentation warns us

<ErrorMessage> Access-Control-Allow-Origin is prohibited from using a wildcard for requests with credentials: 'include'. In such cases, the exact origin must be provided; even if you are using a CORS unblocker extension, the requests will still fail. </ErrorMessage>

Consequently we configure CORS at the beginning of our API routes to preconfigure the correct headers.

First, we set up middlewares according to the documentation

function initMiddleware(middleware) {
  return (req, res) =>
    new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
      middleware(req, res, (result) => {
        if (result instanceof Error) {
          return reject(result);
        return resolve(result);

Then create an initCors method

// top of the file
import Cors from "cors";

// Initialize the cors middleware
export const initCors = initMiddleware(
  // You can read more about the available options here: <https://github.com/expressjs/cors#configuration-options>
    methods: ["GET", "HEAD", "PUT", "PATCH", "POST", "DELETE"],
    origin: ["<http://other-example.com>", "<http://localhost:3001>"],
    credentials: true,

Notice that we cannot set origin to * to allow requests from any domain when the request has credentials set to include. Moreover, we'll need to set credentials to true on the server response in order to set the Access-Control-Allow-Origin header to true, which is necessary for the preflight request from the browser to pass and allow the original request to be made.

Dynamic Origins

If you require a dynamic origin alongside credentials: include, you can combine the two methods above and reflect the requests' origin property from the preflight request's headers

export function runMiddleware(req, res) {
  return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
      methods: ['GET', 'HEAD', 'PUT', 'PATCH', 'POST', 'DELETE'],
      origin: req.headers.origin,
      credentials: true
    })(req, res, (result) => {
      if (result instanceof Error) {
        return reject(result);

      return resolve(result);