A cross-origin error occurs when a web application attempts to make an HTTP request to a domain that is different from the one that served the web application. This is a security mechanism implemented by web browsers to prevent unauthorized access to resources on different domains. When using React Query to make API requests, if the API endpoint is on a different domain, you might encounter this error.

To fix the cross-origin error in requests made by React Query, you need to configure your API server to allow cross-origin requests. This involves setting the appropriate CORS (Cross-Origin Resource Sharing) headers on the server's response to indicate which domains are allowed to access the API.

Here's how you can enable CORS on your API server:

  1. Server-Side Configuration:

    • If you have control over the server, you need to set the appropriate CORS headers on the server's responses. This typically involves adding the Access-Control-Allow-Origin header with the allowed domain(s) as its value.

    For example, in a Node.js server using Express, you can use the cors middleware to enable CORS:

    const express = require('express'); const cors = require('cors'); const app = express(); // Allow requests from any origin app.use(cors()); // Or allow requests from specific origins // app.use(cors({ // origin: 'http://your-react-app.com', // })); // Other server configurations... app.listen(3000, () => { console.log('Server listening on port 3000'); });
  2. API Response Headers: Ensure that the Access-Control-Allow-Origin header in the API response is set to the domain of your React app. For example, if your React app is served at http://localhost:3000, the server should include the following header in its responses:

    Access-Control-Allow-Origin: http://localhost:3000

    This allows requests from the specified domain to access the API.

  3. Verify CORS Configuration: After updating your server's CORS configuration, you should no longer encounter the cross-origin error when making requests from your React app using React Query.

Keep in mind that CORS configuration can vary depending on your server-side technology (Node.js, Python, Ruby, etc.), so make sure to refer to the appropriate documentation for enabling CORS in your specific server environment.

Additionally, when deploying your application to production, make sure to set up CORS properly based on your production domain and server setup to maintain the security of your application.

Have questions or queries?
Get in Touch