Saturday, July 16, 2011

Calling Cross Domain WCF service using Jquery/Javascript

This article is about to call the cross domain WCF service from you page i.e Calling WCF service hosted on one domain and calling the service form jquery/javascript of page which is hosted on some other domain.
But before we start its better to get understand about the format of the data get exchange from one server to other server.

Ajax allows to get data in the background without interfering with the display. Ajax call done by using XMLHttpRequest object, which is allow the client side javascript code to make HTTP connections.

But Ajax call does not allow to get data from cross-domain because of restrictions imposed by the browser. Security error get issued when requesting data from a other domain. one way to avoid security errors is to control remote server where data resides and every request goes to the same domain, that rise question what's the fun if data come form own server only? What to do if data require to get form the other server?

There is one way to come out form this limitation is to insert a dynamic script element in the Web page, one whose source is pointing to the service URL in the other domain and gets the data in the script itself. When the script loads, it executes. It works because the same-origin policy doesn't prevent dynamic script insertions and treats the scripts as if they were loaded from the domain that provided the Web page. But if this script tries to load a document from yet another domain, it will fail. Fortunately, you can improve this technique by adding JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) to the mix.

JSONP or "JSON with padding" is a complement to the base JSON data format, a pattern of usage that allows a page to request data from a server in a different domain. As a solution to this problem, JSONP is an alternative to a more recent method called Cross-Origin Resource Sharing.

Under the same origin policy, a web page served from cannot normally connect to or communicate with a server other than An exception is the HTML script tag element. Taking advantage of the open policy for script tag elements, some pages use them to retrieve Javascript code that operates on dynamically-generated JSON-formatted data from other origins. This usage pattern is known as JSONP. Requests for JSONP retrieve not JSON, but arbitrary JavaScript code. They are evaluated by the JavaScript interpreter, not parsed by a JSON parser.

Calling Cross Domain WCF service
Now in following discuss I am going to show you how easily you can call the WCF service hosted on the other domain from the page hosted on the other domain.

Following is list of article you should look first before moving further

Create, Host(Self Hosting, IIS hosting) and Consume WCF servcie
Steps to Call WCF Service using jQuery

To start first create new solution and Add new Project which is WCF service and follow below steps

Step 1
In new release of .net 4.0 the WCF developer team added support for JSONP. There is a new property added which enable to call WCF service from other domain by setting its true.
CrossDomainScriptAccessEnabled - Gets or sets a value that determines if cross domain script access is enabled.

Change your WCF servcie config file as below
As you can see in above config code I have set crossdomainscriptaccessenabled to true and aspnetcompatibilityenabled is to true so that the WCF service works as a normal ASMX service and supports all existing ASP.NET features.

Step 2

SVC file of the service should be like as below
<%@ ServiceHost Language="C#" Debug="true"
Factory="System.ServiceModel.Activation.WebScriptServiceHostFactory" %>
Don't forget to add Factory attribute because it cause error if you remove it. Following are the reason to add Factory attribute
1. Service host factory is the mechanism by which we can create the instances of service host dynamically as the request comes in.

2. This is useful when we need to implement the event handlers for opening and closing the service.

3. WCF provides ServiceFactory class for this purpose.

Step 3

CS file for the WCF file is
using System.Runtime.Serialization;
using System.ServiceModel;
using System.ServiceModel.Activation;
using System.ServiceModel.Web;
namespace WcfService1
public class Customer
public string Name;
public string Address;
[ServiceContract(Namespace = "JsonpAjaxService")]
[AspNetCompatibilityRequirements(RequirementsMode = AspNetCompatibilityRequirementsMode.Allowed)]
public class Service1
[WebGet(ResponseFormat = WebMessageFormat.Json)]
public Customer GetCustomer()
return new Customer() { Name = "Pranay", Address = "1 Ahmedabad" };
As you can see in the above code I have created Service class which is service contract which servs data and Customer class is DataContract which get served as respose.
In the service class GetCustomer method service data in Json format.

Once the WCF service created to move further Add new project >> Asp.Net service. So that both the WCF service and website runs on tow different like both hosted on different domain.

There is two solution to call the Cross Domain WCF service.

Solution 1 : Call WCF service by using JQuery

Jquery already have support to handle the jsonp. Jquery library provided function ajax and getJson which can allow to call the WCF service which send jsonp data in response.

CallService - Generic function is used to call the WCF servcie, which get called by other javascript function to get and display data
var Type;
var Url;
var Data;
var ContentType;
var DataType;
var ProcessData;
var method;
//Generic function to call WCF Service
function CallService() {
type: Type, //GET or POST or PUT or DELETE verb
url: Url, // Location of the service
data: Data, //Data sent to server
contentType: ContentType, // content type sent to server
dataType: DataType, //Expected data format from server
processdata: ProcessData, //True or False
success: function (msg) {//On Successfull service call
error: ServiceFailed// When Service call fails
ServiceFailed - is get called when call to service fail.
function ServiceFailed(xhr) {
if (xhr.responseText) {
var err = xhr.responseText;
if (err)
error({ Message: "Unknown server error." })
ServiceSucceeded - is get called when the service successfully return response. As you can see in the function I am checking DataType is jsonp which is just to demonstrate that service is returning jsonp data.
function ServiceSucceeded(result) {
if (DataType == "jsonp") {
resultObject = result.GetEmployeeResult;
var string = result.Name + " \n " + result.Address ;
GetEmployee - is function that get called to request data from WCF service hosted on other domain. As you can see in code DataType value is get set to jsonp.
function GetEmployee() {
var uesrid = "1";
Type = "GET";
Url = "http://localhost:52136/Service1.svc/GetCustomer";
DataType = "jsonp"; ProcessData = false;
method = "GetCustomer";
function () {
Solution 2 : Call WCF Service by Javascript

To call the service using javascript make use of ScriptManager
in above code I set the servicereferance to the WCF service hosted on other domain.
makeCall - is function that get called to request data from WCF service hosted on other domain.
function makeCall() {
var proxy = new JsonpAjaxService.Service1();
proxy.GetCustomer(onSuccess, onFail, null);
onSuccess - is called when the result from the service call is received and display data.
function onSuccess(result) {
alert( result.Name + " " +result.Address);
onFail - is called if the service call fails
function onFail(){
So after the addition to the special property by the WCF team its quite easy to call cross domain WCF service.