Implementing CORS in Your ASP.NET Core Project


Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) is a vital security feature that controls how resources on a web page can be accessed by web applications from different domains. In an ASP.NET Core project, enabling CORS involves configuring the server to allow or restrict access to its resources from different origins. Here's a step-by-step guide to implementing CORS in your ASP.NET Core application.

Step 1. Install the CORS Middleware

Start by installing the Microsoft.AspNetCore.Cors package. You can do this via the NuGet Package Manager Console.

Install-Package Microsoft.AspNetCore.Cors

Alternatively, you can add it to your project's .csproj file:

<PackageReference Include="Microsoft.AspNetCore.Cors" Version="x.x.x" />

Replace x.x.x with the latest version available.

Step 2. Configure CORS in Startup.cs

Open your Startup.cs file and locate the ConfigureServices method. Add the CORS service by calling AddCors in the ConfigureServices method.

public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)
    // Other configurations

    services.AddCors(options =>
            builder =>

    // Other configurations

In the code snippet above

  • AddCors adds the CORS services to the application's service container.
  • AddPolicy creates a named CORS policy ("AllowSpecificOrigin" in this case) that specifies allowed origins, headers, and methods.

Adjust WithOrigins to specify the domains that are allowed to access your resources. Use "*" to allow requests from any origin.

Step 3. Enable CORS Middleware

In the Configure method of Startup.cs, add the CORS middleware.

public void Configure(IApplicationBuilder app, IWebHostEnvironment env)
    // Other configurations


    // Other configurations

This middleware must be added before other middleware that may handle requests, such as MVC or static file middleware.

Step 4. Test Your CORS Configuration

Once configured, test the CORS settings by making requests from different origins to your ASP.NET Core APIs. Ensure that the allowed origins, headers, and methods align with your application's requirements.


Implementing CORS in your ASP.NET Core project is crucial for controlling access to your resources and ensuring secure communication between your application and clients from different domains. By configuring CORS policies, you can specify which origins can access your APIs, thereby enhancing the security of your application while enabling necessary cross-origin communication.

Remember to carefully define your CORS policies based on your application's security requirements, always considering the potential risks associated with cross-origin requests.