Cannot Open Local File – Chrome: Not Allowed To Load Local Resource

This error occurs because JavaScript running in a web browser, like Chrome, is not allowed to directly access local files on your computer. This security restriction is in place to protect your system from potential security vulnerabilities.

However, there are workarounds to load local resources for development or testing purposes:

  1. Use a local server: Run a local web server such as Apache or Node.js. This will allow you to serve the files locally through an HTTP server. You can then access the files using a local URL like http://localhost.

  2. Browser extensions: Install browser extensions like "Allow CORS: Access-Control-Allow-Origin" or "Disable Same Origin Policy" that can override this security restriction. These extensions can be used for development or testing purposes when you need to bypass the same-origin policy.

  3. Command-line options: If you don’t want to install extensions, you can start Chrome with command-line options that disable the same-origin policy. Keep in mind that this should only be used for local development or testing and not for regular browsing. To run Chrome with this option, open your command prompt and run:

    chrome.exe --disable-web-security --allow-file-access-from-files
    

Remember to exercise caution when using any workarounds, as disabling the same-origin policy or accessing local resources might pose security risks.

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