Handle request and response cookies.

Read request cookies

You can access the intercepted request cookies using the cookies argument of the response resolver:

import { http, HttpResponse } from 'msw'
export const handlers = [
  http.get('/api/user', ({ cookies }) => {
    if (!cookies.authToken) {
      return new HttpResponse(null, { status: 403 })
    return HttpResponse.json({ name: 'John' })

Note that the value of cookies respects Request credentials, and may contain more data than originally sent in the request (e.g. when the credentials property of the request was set to "include").

Mock response cookies

Mocking response cookies is often challenging because the Fetch specification forbids setting Set-Cookie and Set-Cookie2 headers on manually constructed responses for security reasons.

Since Mock Service Worker executes on the client, it can work around this limitation by setting mocked response cookies directly on the document.cookie, as if they were received from the server. This approach doesn’t compromise response security while still allowing you to test your application’s cookie handling logic.

import { http, HttpResponse } from 'msw'
export const handlers = ['/login', () => {
    return new HttpResponse(null, {
      headers: {
        // Setting the "Set-Cookie" mocked response header
        // will forward these cookies onto "document" as if they
        // were sent from the server.
        'Set-Cookie': 'authToken=abc-123',

Note that you must use the HttpResponse class in order to set mocked response cookies. This way MSW can detect response cookies because they cannot be accessed in JavaScript once set.