Enable CORS in Spring Boot

It’s quite common to develop a JavaScript App on a Node dev server running on a port such as :3000 these days. If your back-end is powered by Spring, you’ll end up needing to make Ajax calls from your front-end to the server running on say port :8080.

Even though both apps are running on localhost, the different ports will cause cross origin policies issues. To get around this, simply use a CORS enabling Filter which adds the necessary permission headers to the server responses:

public class SimpleCorsFilter implements Filter {
  public SimpleCorsFilter() {}

  public void doFilter(ServletRequest req, ServletResponse res, FilterChain chain)
      throws IOException, ServletException {
    HttpServletResponse response = (HttpServletResponse) res;
    HttpServletRequest request = (HttpServletRequest) req;

    response.setHeader("Access-Control-Allow-Origin", "http://localhost:3000");
    response.setHeader("Access-Control-Allow-Credentials", "true");
    response.setHeader("Access-Control-Allow-Methods", "POST, GET, OPTIONS, DELETE");
    response.setHeader("Access-Control-Max-Age", "3600");
    response.setHeader("Access-Control-Allow-Headers", "x-requested-with, authorization");

    if ("OPTIONS".equalsIgnoreCase(request.getMethod())) {
    } else {
      chain.doFilter(req, res);

  public void init(FilterConfig filterConfig) {}

  public void destroy() {}