How to make a cross-origin request in a content script (currently blocked by CORB despite the correct CORS headers)?

Based on the examples in “Changes to Cross-Origin Requests in Chrome Extension Content Scripts”, I replaced all invocations of fetch with a new method fetchResource, that has a similar API, but delegates the fetch call to the background page:

// contentScript.js
function fetchResource(input, init) {
  return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
    chrome.runtime.sendMessage({input, init}, messageResponse => {
      const [response, error] = messageResponse;
      if (response === null) {
      } else {
        // Use undefined on a 204 - No Content
        const body = response.body ? new Blob([response.body]) : undefined;
        resolve(new Response(body, {
          status: response.status,
          statusText: response.statusText,

// background.js
chrome.runtime.onMessage.addListener(function(request, sender, sendResponse) {
  fetch(request.input, request.init).then(function(response) {
    return response.text().then(function(text) {
        body: text,
        status: response.status,
        statusText: response.statusText,
      }, null]);
  }, function(error) {
    sendResponse([null, error]);
  return true;

This is the smallest set of changes I was able to make to my app that fixes the issue. (Note, extensions and background pages can only pass JSON-serializable objects between them, so we cannot simply pass the Fetch API Response object from the background page to the extension.)

Background pages are not affected by CORS or CORB, so the browser no longer blocks the responses from the API.

Warning! The URL must be added in manifest.json:

  • For ManifestV3 in "host_permissions": ["*://*"]
  • For ManifestV2 in "permissions": ["*://*"]

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