CORS in OTLP HTTP Receiver

Enabling CORS (Cross-Origin Resource Sharing) in OTLP (OpenTelemetry Protocol) HTTP receiver is necessary when we want to send requests to our OTLP HTTP receiver from a different domain using browsers. Without enabling CORS, browsers will block these requests for security reasons.

By default, SigNoz does not enable CORS for OTLP HTTP receiver, which means it will block all requests sent via browsers due to security reasons. To change that, we will have to alter the CORS configurations in the OTLP HTTP receiver.

Enable CORS in OTLP HTTP Receiver

To enable CORS, there are mainly three steps involved:

  1. Open SigNoz OtelCollector configuration and locate http receiver section. It should look similar to the following:
  1. Add the CORS configuration under http receiver section.
      -  # URL of your Frontend application

Update the above example origin i.e. with your frontend application URL. If you are experimenting on your local machine on port 3000, you can use http://localhost:3000 instead.

      - http://localhost:3000 

To allow any origin to make requests, you can use * wildcard character instead. However, it is not recommended to set allow all origins due to security risks.

      - "*"
  1. Save the updated configurations and restart SigNoz OtelCollector.


In case of docker, update otel-collector.yaml to include CORS configuration inside deploy/docker/clickhouse-setup folder as instructed above.

Followed by clean removal of SigNoz OtelCollector to guarantee updatation of configuration and restart the SigNoz OtelCollector using docker compose:

# clean remove SigNoz OtelCollector
docker stop signoz-otel-collector
docker rm signoz-otel-collector

# restart SigNoz OtelCollector using `docker compose`
cd deploy
docker compose -f docker/clickhouse-setup/docker-compose.yaml up -d


In case of helm charts, copy the otelCollector.config section from values.yaml to override-values.yaml and include CORS configuration under otlp.protocols.http.

Followed by helm upgrade command below to restart OtelCollector:

helm upgrade --namespace platform my-release signoz/signoz -f override-values.yaml

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