Loading cross-domain endpoint with jQuery AJAX

I'm trying to load a cross-domain HTML page using AJAX but unless the dataType is "jsonp" I can't get a response. However using jsonp the browser is expecting a script mime type but is receiving "text/html".

My code for the request is:

    type: "GET",
    url: "http://saskatchewan.univ-ubs.fr:8080/SASStoredProcess/do?_username=DARTIES3-2012&[email protected]&_program=%2FUtilisateurs%2FDARTIES3-2012%2FMon+dossier%2Fanalyse_dc&annee=2012&ind=V&_action=execute",
    dataType: "jsonp",
}).success( function( data ) {
    $( 'div.ajax-field' ).html( data );

Is there any way of avoiding using jsonp for the request? I've already tried using the crossDomain parameter but it didn't work.

If not is there any way of receiving the html content in jsonp? Currently the console is saying "unexpected <" in the jsonp reply.

jQuery Ajax Notes

  • Due to browser security restrictions, most Ajax requests are subject to the same origin policy; the request can not successfully retrieve data from a different domain, subdomain, port, or protocol.
  • Script and JSONP requests are not subject to the same origin policy restrictions.

There are some ways to overcome the cross-domain barrier:

There are some plugins that help with cross-domain requests:

Heads up!

The best way to overcome this problem, is by creating your own proxy in the back-end, so that your proxy will point to the services in other domains, because in the back-end not exists the same origin policy restriction. But if you can't do that in back-end, then pay attention to the following tips.


Using third-party proxies is not a secure practice, because they can keep track of your data, so it can be used with public information, but never with private data.

The code examples shown below use jQuery.get() and jQuery.getJSON(), both are shorthand methods of jQuery.ajax()

CORS Anywhere

CORS Anywhere is a node.js proxy which adds CORS headers to the proxied request.
To use the API, just prefix the URL with the API URL. (Supports https: see github repository)

If you want to automatically enable cross-domain requests when needed, use the following snippet:

$.ajaxPrefilter( function (options) {
  if (options.crossDomain && jQuery.support.cors) {
    var http = (window.location.protocol === 'http:' ? 'http:' : 'https:');
    options.url = http + '//cors-anywhere.herokuapp.com/' + options.url;
    //options.url = "http://cors.corsproxy.io/url=" + options.url;

    function (response) {
        console.log("> ", response);

Whatever Origin

Whatever Origin is a cross domain jsonp access. This is an open source alternative to anyorigin.com.

To fetch the data from google.com, you can use this snippet:

// It is good specify the charset you expect.
// You can use the charset you want instead of utf-8.
// See details for scriptCharset and contentType options: 
// http://api.jquery.com/jQuery.ajax/#jQuery-ajax-settings
    scriptCharset: "utf-8", //or "ISO-8859-1"
    contentType: "application/json; charset=utf-8"

$.getJSON('http://whateverorigin.org/get?url=' + 
    encodeURIComponent('http://google.com') + '&callback=?',
    function (data) {
        console.log("> ", data);

        //If the expected response is text/plain

        //If the expected response is JSON
        //var response = $.parseJSON(data.contents);

CORS Proxy

CORS Proxy is a simple node.js proxy to enable CORS request for any website. It allows javascript code on your site to access resources on other domains that would normally be blocked due to the same-origin policy.

How does it work? CORS Proxy takes advantage of Cross-Origin Resource Sharing, which is a feature that was added along with HTML 5. Servers can specify that they want browsers to allow other websites to request resources they host. CORS Proxy is simply an HTTP Proxy that adds a header to responses saying "anyone can request this".

This is another way to achieve the goal (see www.corsproxy.com). All you have to do is strip http:// and www. from the URL being proxied, and prepend the URL with www.corsproxy.com/

    'http://www.corsproxy.com/' +
    function (response) {
        console.log("> ", response);

CORS proxy browser

Recently I found this one, it involves various security oriented Cross Origin Remote Sharing utilities. But it is a black-box with Flash as backend.

You can see it in action here: CORS proxy browser
Get the source code on GitHub: koto/cors-proxy-browser

You can use Ajax-cross-origin a jQuery plugin. With this plugin you use jQuery.ajax() cross domain. It uses Google services to achieve this:

The AJAX Cross Origin plugin use Google Apps Script as a proxy jSON getter where jSONP is not implemented. When you set the crossOrigin option to true, the plugin replace the original url with the Google Apps Script address and send it as encoded url parameter. The Google Apps Script use Google Servers resources to get the remote data, and return it back to the client as JSONP.

It is very simple to use:

        crossOrigin: true,
        url: url,
        success: function(data) {

You can read more here: http://www.ajax-cross-origin.com/

If the external site doesn't support JSONP or CORS, your only option is to use a proxy.

Build a script on your server that requests that content, then use jQuery ajax to hit the script on your server.

Just put this in the header of your PHP Page and it ill work without API:

header('Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *'); //allow everybody  


header('Access-Control-Allow-Origin: http://codesheet.org'); //allow just one domain 


$http_origin = $_SERVER['HTTP_ORIGIN'];  //allow multiple domains

$allowed_domains = array(

if (in_array($http_origin, $allowed_domains))
    header("Access-Control-Allow-Origin: $http_origin");

I'm posting this in case someone faces the same problem I am facing right now. I've got a Zebra thermal printer, equipped with the ZebraNet print server, which offers a HTML-based user interface for editing multiple settings, seeing the printer's current status, etc. I need to get the status of the printer, which is displayed in one of those html pages, offered by the ZebraNet server and, for example, alert() a message to the user in the browser. This means that I have to get that html page in Javascript first. Although the printer is within the LAN of the user's PC, that Same Origin Policy is still staying firmly in my way. I tried JSONP, but the server returns html and I haven't found a way to modify its functionality (if I could, I would have already set the magic header Access-control-allow-origin: *). So I decided to write a small console app in C#. It has to be run as Admin to work properly, otherwise it trolls :D an exception. Here is some code:

// Create a listener.
        HttpListener listener = new HttpListener();
        // Add the prefixes.
        //foreach (string s in prefixes)
        //    listener.Prefixes.Add(s);
        listener.Prefixes.Add("http://*:1234/"); // accept connections from everywhere,
        //because the printer is accessible only within the LAN (no portforwarding)
        // Note: The GetContext method blocks while waiting for a request. 
        HttpListenerContext context;
        string urlForRequest = "";

        HttpWebRequest requestForPage = null;
        HttpWebResponse responseForPage = null;
        string responseForPageAsString = "";

        while (true)
            context = listener.GetContext();
            HttpListenerRequest request = context.Request;
            urlForRequest = request.RawUrl.Substring(1, request.RawUrl.Length - 1); // remove the slash, which separates the portNumber from the arg sent

            //Request for the html page:
            requestForPage = (HttpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create(urlForRequest);
            responseForPage = (HttpWebResponse)requestForPage.GetResponse();
            responseForPageAsString = new StreamReader(responseForPage.GetResponseStream()).ReadToEnd();

            // Obtain a response object.
            HttpListenerResponse response = context.Response;
            // Send back the response.
            byte[] buffer = System.Text.Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(responseForPageAsString);
            // Get a response stream and write the response to it.
            response.ContentLength64 = buffer.Length;
            response.AddHeader("Access-Control-Allow-Origin", "*"); // the magic header in action ;-D
            System.IO.Stream output = response.OutputStream;
            output.Write(buffer, 0, buffer.Length);
            // You must close the output stream.

All the user needs to do is run that console app as Admin. I know it is way too ... frustrating and complicated, but it is sort of a workaround to the Domain Policy problem in case you cannot modify the server in any way.

edit: from js I make a simple ajax call:

                type: 'POST',
                url: 'http://LAN_IP:1234/http://google.com',
                success: function (data) {
                    console.log("Success: " + data);
                error: function (e) {
                    alert("Error: " + e);
                    console.log("Error: " + e);

The html of the requested page is returned and stored in the data variable.

To get the data form external site by passing using a local proxy as suggested by jherax you can create a php page that fetches the content for you from respective external url and than send a get request to that php page.

var req = new XMLHttpRequest();
req.open('GET', 'http://localhost/get_url_content.php',false);
if(req.status == 200) {

as a php proxy you can use https://github.com/cowboy/php-simple-proxy

Your URL doesn't work these days, but your code can be updated with this working solution:

var url = "http://saskatchewan.univ-ubs.fr:8080/SASStoredProcess/do?_username=DARTIES3-2012&[email protected]&_program=%2FUtilisateurs%2FDARTIES3-2012%2FMon+dossier%2Fanalyse_dc&annee=2012&ind=V&_action=execute";

url = 'https://google.com'; // TEST URL

$.get("https://images"+~~(Math.random()*33)+"-focus-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?container=none&url=" + encodeURI(url), function(data) {
<div class="ajax-field"></div>
<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/jquery/3.3.1/jquery.min.js"></script>

You need CORS proxy which proxies your request from your browser to requested service with appropriate CORS headers. List of such services are in code snippet below. You can also run provided code snippet to see ping to such services from your location.

$('li').each(function() {
  var self = this;
  ping($(this).text()).then(function(delta) {
    console.log($(self).text(), delta, ' ms');
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.1.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="https://cdn.rawgit.com/jdfreder/pingjs/c2190a3649759f2bd8569a72ae2b597b2546c871/ping.js"></script>

Figured it out. Used this instead.

$('.div_class').load('http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-origin_resource_sharing #toctitle');