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Configuring your browser to run WebContainers

While all supported browsers can run WebContainers, some browser options can stop WebContainers from running correctly.

You can work around those issues by adding exceptions for StackBlitz domains in your browser’s settings. Here’s how.

Why do I need to add exceptions for StackBlitz?

WebContainers use a combination of browser technologies, such as Service Worker and WebAssembly, across several domains. Each running project has its own domain and needs to install a Service Worker for that domain to work properly.

In some browsers, this feature is blocked by “third-party cookie” or “third-party storage” restrictions. These are legitimate restrictions when the third-party domain is an ad server or a tracking server, but in the case of WebContainers the third-party domain is where your project code runs.

Chrome: enabling Service Workers

If you use the “Block Third Party Cookies” option in Chrome, you will need to add exceptions for StackBlitz projects.

To allow all StackBlitz projects to use Service Workers, go to your browser’s cookie preferences, and add exceptions for the following URL patterns:


For instance, in Chrome, go to chrome://settings/cookies and add those exceptions in the “Sites that can always use cookies” section.

Chrome cookie settings with an empty list of “Sites that can always use cookies”.Chrome cookie settings showing a modal dialog for adding a site to list of third-party cookie exceptions.Chrome cookie settings with exceptions for and domains.
Advanced: enabling Service Workers for a single project

If you don’t want to allow Service Workers and third-party cookies for all StackBlitz projects, you can add exceptions for individual projects instead.

Note that this may not be very practical, because the exact domain for a project can change between sessions.

In Chrome, click the lock icon in the navigation bar:

Clicking the lock icon in the navigation bar shows a menu with a “Cookies” entry.A modal dialog titled “Cookies in use” shows that cookies for a couple subdomains of and were blocked. Select a domain and click “Allow” to add an exception.

If that is the case, choose to “Allow” cookies for those third-party domains. After that, the browser will prompt you to reload the page and you will be able to run the current project.

Note that the list of blocked domains might look different for you. In particular, a domain might not be present. WebContainers-based projects use different domains dynamically, depending on what the runtime is doing (for instance, whether it is serving HTTP content or not), so you might need to check the list of blocked domains later if you see something off again.

Brave: enabling Service Workers

By default, Brave’s “Shields” feature blocks Service Workers and cookies from third-party domains.

To allow WebContainers to run in Brave, you will need to add an exception for StackBlitz:

  1. Visit a WebContainers-based project, for instance The project’s boot sequence might stay stuck on the “Running start command” step:

Screenshot of Brave on a WebContainers project with the Brave Shields feature on. Loading the project’s web server is stuck on the last step.

  1. Click on the “Shields” icon at the right of the address bar, then click on “Advanced View”.
Screenshot showing the Shields configuration popup for
  1. In the advanced view, change the “Cross-site cookies blocked” option to “All cookies allowed”.

Screenshot showing the advanced view of the Shields configuration popup, with a drop-down selector for cross-site cookie permissions.

Brave will reload the page, and you should get a working project:

Screenshot of Brave on a WebContainers project with the Brave Shields feature tweaked to allow third-party cookies and Service Workers. Loading the web server works, and shows the default page for Next.js’s starter project.

Edge: enabling WebAssembly

Microsoft Edge disables usage of WebAssembly when you set its “Enhance your security on the web” option to “Strict”.

To allow StackBlitz projects to run, either set this option to “Balanced” or add exceptions for a couple domains used by StackBlitz projects.

  1. Go to edge://settings/privacy → “Enhance your security on the web”.
Edge privacy settings showing the “Enhance your security on the web” section.
  1. Then click “Exceptions”, and add exceptions for the following domains:
Edge privacy settings showing two entries added under the label “Enhanced security is turned off for these sites”.