XMLHttpRequest file upload to Spaces fails due to CORS issue

I’m trying to upload a file to Spaces using XMLHttpRequest with a pre-signed url generated by the boto3 Python library. I’m using the v2 signature type as the AWS v4 signature is not supported (yet). (

Performing an upload from the command line using the pre-signed url is working fine. However when doing a PUT request through an XMLHttpRequest object in Javascript I’m getting an CORS related error (“No ‘Access-Control-Allow-Origin’ header is present on the requested resource. Origin ‘http://XXX’ is therefore not allowed access”)

I have enabled CORS policies for this particular host like this:


The preflight OPTIONS http request actually returns the appropriate headers like this:

Date:Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:41:08 GMT
Strict-Transport-Security:max-age=15552000; includeSubDomains; preload

In the actual PUT request which upload the file payload the headers returned by the Digital Ocean does not return the required Acces-Control-Allow-Origin header though:

Date:Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:41:08 GMT
Strict-Transport-Security:max-age=15552000; includeSubDomains; preload

This finally results in a 403 Forbidden error. I’m really in the dark on this one, any insight would be highly appreciated…

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@krksgbr what a coincidence, I was just about to post the solution to my own question. It turned out not to be a CORS issue at all (sorry about that DO), but related to the way the file was sent through Javascript. Apparently you have to wrap your file in a Blob object and not send it as a raw file (e.g. xhr.send(upload_file)) or through the FormData interface.

I managed to upload a file like this:

var blob = new Blob([upload_file], {type: f.upload_file}); var xhr = new XMLHttpRequest();‘PUT’, v2_presigned_url); xhr.send(blob);

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i have set Header name ‘Access-Control-Allow-Origin’ and Origin * in spaces setting. My problem is that i am not getting header while accessing ‘’ in postman or chrome. What is the issue?

@al3x5 @krksgbr @johngannon

Hey, did you find a solution/explaination ? I’m stuck on this problem too, thanks

It is simple to solve! Just use ‘s3cmd’ command line tool:

s3cmd setcors file-with-bucket-cors.xml s3://BUCKETNAME

It is one shot config, after this, all will work perfectly!

Good luck!