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An Elixir Plug to add Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS).



Add this plug to your mix.exs dependencies:

def deps do
  # ...
  {:cors_plug, "~> 3.0"},

When used together with the awesomeness that's the Phoenix Framework please note that putting the CORSPlug in a pipeline won't work as they are only invoked for matched routes.

I therefore recommend to put it in lib/your_app/endpoint.ex:

defmodule YourApp.Endpoint do
  use Phoenix.Endpoint, otp_app: :your_app

  # ...
  plug CORSPlug

  plug YourApp.Router

Alternatively you can add options routes to your scope and CORSPlug to your pipeline, as suggested by @leighhalliday

pipeline :api do
  plug CORSPlug
  # ...

scope "/api", PhoenixApp do
  pipe_through :api

  resources "/articles", ArticleController
  options   "/articles", ArticleController, :options
  options   "/articles/:id", ArticleController, :options



Whenever I get around to, I will bump the plug dependency to the latest version of plug. This will ensure compatibility with the latest plug versions.

As of Elixir and Open Telecom Platform (OTP), my goal is to test against the three most recent versions respectively.



This plug will return the following headers:

On preflight (OPTIONS) requests:

  • Access-Control-Allow-Origin
  • Access-Control-Allow-Credentials
  • Access-Control-Max-Age
  • Access-Control-Allow-Headers
  • Access-Control-Allow-Methods

On GET, POST, etc. requests:

  • Access-Control-Allow-Origin
  • Access-Control-Expose-Headers
  • Access-Control-Allow-Credentials

You can configure allowed origins using one of the following methods:


Using a list

Lists can now be comprised of strings, regexes or a mix of both:

plug CORSPlug, origin: ["", "", ~r/https?.*example\d?\.com$/]


Using a regex

plug CORSPlug, origin: ~r/https?.*example\d?\.com$/


Using the config.exs file

config :cors_plug,
  origin: [""],
  max_age: 86400,
  methods: ["GET", "POST"]


Using a function/0 or function/1 that returns the allowed origin as a string

Caveat: Anonymous functions are not possible as they can't be quoted.

plug CORSPlug, origin: &MyModule.my_fun/0

def my_fun do
plug CORSPlug, origin: &MyModule.my_fun/1

def my_fun(conn) do
  # Do something with conn




There may be times when you would like to retain control over the response sent to OPTIONS requests. If you would like CORSPlug to only set headers, then set the send_preflight_response? option to false.

plug CORSPlug, send_preflight_response?: false

# or in the app config

config :cors_plug,
  send_preflight_response?: false

Please note that options passed to the plug overrides app config but app config overrides default options.

Please find the list of current defaults in cors_plug.ex.

As per the W3C Recommendation the string null is returned when no configured origin matched the request.



Copyright 2020 Michael Schaefermeyer

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