Jquery – Cross-domain requests using PhoneGap and jQuery doesn’t work


I'm creating a PhoneGap app for Android. To get data from the (remote) server I make a REST call using jQuery's $.ajax() function. There are a few things you must know:

  • Type of the call must be POST
  • The server expects JSON data(at least username and password)
  • The server sends back JSON data

The code:

function makeCall(){
    var url = "http://remote/server/rest/call";

    var jsonData ='{"username":"'+$('#username').val()+'","password":"'+$('#password').val()+'"}';

            headers: {"Content-Type":"application/json; charset=UTF-8"},
            type: "POST",
            url: url,
            data: jsonData,
            dataType: "json",
            success: succesFunction,
            error: errorFunction

But, this doesn't work. When I use Firebug to see the servers response, there is nothing. With TcpTrace I can see the headers of the request. Instead of an expected POST method, there is an OPTIONS method, with some strange headers added.

OPTIONS /remote/server/rest/call HTTP/1.1
Host: localhost:8081
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:11.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/11.0
Accept: text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8
Accept-Language: nl,en-us;q=0.7,en;q=0.3
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
Connection: keep-alive
Origin: null
Access-Control-Request-Method: POST
Access-Control-Request-Headers: content-type
Pragma: no-cache
Cache-Control: no-cache

I know it has something to do with doing cross-domain requests, but I don't know how to solve the problem. I tried a few things to fix it, but with no result:

The problem has also something to do with same origin policy, but this does not apply to the file:// protocol PhoneGap is using to load a local html file.

In my AndroidManifest.xml file, the option

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />

is set.

I'm trying to fix this for 2 days now, but no result till now. Is this even possible to do? Do you have any tips for me so I can move on?

Thanks in advance!

Best Solution

you need to whitelist your external domains. just go to your phonegap / cordova plist file in xcode and add a new entry, have it's value be * and you can access any website out there.

also know that this WILL NOT WORK IN A BROWSER. Browsers have crossdomain issues, not phonegap or mobile devices.