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Redis session store for Connect

connect-redis is a Redis session store backed by node_redis, and is insanely fast :). Requires redis >= 2.0.0 for the SETEX command.

npm install connect-redis express-session

Pass the express-session store into connect-redis to create a RedisStore constructor.

var session = require('express-session');
var RedisStore = require('connect-redis')(session);
    store: new RedisStore(options),
    secret: 'keyboard cat'

A Redis client is required. An existing client can be passed directly using the client param or created for you using the host, port, or socket params.

  • client An existing client
  • host Redis server hostname
  • port Redis server portno
  • socket Redis server unix_socket
  • url Redis server url

The following additional params may be included:

  • ttl Redis session TTL (expiration) in seconds
  • disableTTL disables setting TTL, keys will stay in redis until evicted by other means (overides ttl)
  • db Database index to use
  • pass Password for Redis authentication
  • prefix Key prefix defaulting to "sess:"
  • unref Set true to unref the Redis client. Warning: this is an experimental feature.
  • serializer An object containing stringify and parse methods compatible with Javascript's JSON to override the serializer used

Any options not included in this list will be passed to the redis createClient() method directly.

Clients other than node_redis will work if they support the same interface. Just pass the client instance as the client configuration option. Known supported clients include:

  • ioredis - adds support for Redis Sentinel and Cluster

By default, the node_redis client will auto-reconnect when a connection is lost. But requests may come in during that time. In express, one way this scenario can be handled is including a "session check" after setting up a session (checking for the existence of req.session):

app.use(session( /* setup session here */ ))
app.use(function (reqresnext) {
  if (!req.session) {
    return next(new Error('oh no')) // handle error 
  next() // otherwise continue 

If you want to retry, here is another option.