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A plugin for ng2-idle to keep user sessions alive while active.

This module is used to ping a server in the background. It is an optional plugin for ng2-idle.


Authored by Mike Grabski @HackedByChinese me@mikegrabski.com

Licensed under MIT

Design Considerations

The primary application of this module is for session management. Commonly, an authn/authz strategy will involve the application requesting a token (an OAuth bearer token, Forms Auth ticket, or other token system, which could be in cookie form, supplied as a header, etc.). Also common is a strategy that invalidates that token after some period of inactivity.

This approach requires the client to interact with the server at regular intervals while their session is active to keep it active on the server side. This module provides a way for your application to regularly check on the user's session status, either to keep it alive or to respond to the user's session being ended by the server, whatever your particular workflow is.

This module is used in conjunction with ng2-idle, which can detect user activity (such as typing, touching, and scrolling) during long periods of active use that doesn't trigger any interaction with the server.

For example, if a user logs into an email application, the server may choose to reject session tokens after 5 minutes of inactivity to increase security. However, the user may take much more time than that to type out their email and send it. It would be frustrating to find you are logged out when you were actively using the software! ng2-idle-keepalive could be running in the background pinging the server every 5 minutes while they write that email, and then stop when they are inactive.


  • Ping a remote HTTP endpoint using a configurable request.
  • Pinging can be done manually or at a configurable interval.
  • Emits onPing event for other handling of pinging (if the built-in HTTP request approach won't suffice).
  • Emits onPingResponse event containing the configured HTTP request's response (so you can update your cached token or whatever else from the response).
  • Can be used as the Keepalive implmentation used in ng2-idle's Idle service.

Getting Started

NOTE ON ANGULAR: This module is was written against Angular version 2.0.0-beta.3. You may run into difficulties installing and running this module with prior versions.

Install and save ng2-idle and ng2-idle-keepalive as a dependency of your project.

 npm install ng2-idle ng2-idle-keepalive

Now you may configure Keepalive as a provider in your app's root bootstrap routine, which will make the service instance available across your entire application, include as a local dependency to a route, or make it a local dependency to a component or directive.

As an example: let's assume we have an application with this structure (omitting boilerplate, project artifacts, build tasks, etc.):

└── src
    ├── about
    │   └── components
    │       ├── about.e2e.ts
    │       ├── about.html
    │       ├── about.ts
    │       └── about.spec.ts
    ├── app
    │   └── components
    │       ├── app.css
    │       ├── app.e2e.ts
    │       ├── app.html
    │       ├── app.ts
    │       └── app.spec.ts
    ├── home
    │   └── components
    │       ├── home.css
    │       ├── home.html
    │       ├── home.ts
    │       ├── home.e2e.ts
    │       └── home.spec.ts
    ├── main.ts
    └── index.html

In src/main.ts, we bootstrap the application. It might look something like this:

import {provide} from 'angular2/core';
import {bootstrap} from 'angular2/platform/browser';
import {HTTP_PROVIDERS} from 'angular2/http'; // You'll need to import HTTP providers
import {IDLE_PROVIDERS} from 'ng2-idle/core'; // Import idle providers
import {KEEPALIVE_PROVIDERS} from 'ng2-idle-keepalive/core'; // You'll also need to import Keepalive providers

import {AppCmp} from './app/components/app'; // include your root application component

bootstrap(AppCmp, [
  // Keepalive depends on Http
  // will register keepalive as the implementation Idle will use
  // registers Idle
  // any additional providers your application needs

In src/app/components/app.ts, we inject Keepalive and configure it for our application. This single instance of Keepalive will be used in all dependency hierarchies below the root (unless you choose to override them).

import {Component, ViewEncapsulation} from 'angular2/core';
import {
} from 'angular2/router';

import {Idle, DEFAULT_INTERRUPTSOURCES} from 'ng2-idle/core';
import {Keepalive} from 'ng2-idle-keepalive/core';

import {HomeCmp} from '../../home/components/home';
import {AboutCmp} from '../../about/components/about';

  selector: 'app',
  templateUrl: './app/components/app.html',
  styleUrls: ['./app/components/app.css'],
  encapsulation: ViewEncapsulation.None,
  directives: [ROUTER_DIRECTIVES]
  { path: '/', component: HomeCmp, as: 'Home' },
  { path: '/about', component: AboutCmp, as: 'About' }
export class AppCmp {

  // when this component is loaded, keepalive will be injected, configured, and start pinging right away
  constructor(private idle: Idle, private keepalive: Keepalive) {
    keepalive.onPing.subscribe(() => {
      console.log('Keepalive.ping() called!');

    // sets an idle timeout of 5 seconds, for testing purposes.
    // sets a timeout period of 5 seconds. after 10 seconds of inactivity, the user will be considered timed out.
    // sets the default interrupts, in this case, things like clicks, scrolls, touches to the document

Optionally, you can have Keepalive ping an HTTP location by specifying a string URL or a Request object. Before start above, add these lines:

// will assume a GET request; you can specify a full Request object if you need something else, want to include headers, etc.
// this event is optional; it allows you to do something with the request's response if you'd like
keepalive.onPingRequest.subscribe(response => {
    console.log('Keepalive.ping() response status: ' + response.status);

In src/about/components/about.ts, we see how you can interact with the Keepalive instance we created, to do things like stopping and starting pinging. You'll note that our subscription to onPing occurs in addition to the subscription we created when we configured the service in AppCmp above. NOTE: By default, when Keepalive is configured, it will automatically be used by Idle and consequently, Idle will automatically integrate with Keepalive. That means that Idle will assume responsibility for starting the keepalive when watching for idleness, and stopping it when the user goes idle or times out. If you are manually trying to manage Keepalive and feel that Idle's default functionality is interferring, simply disable it using Idle.setKeepaliveEnabled(false);.

import {Component} from 'angular2/core';
import {CORE_DIRECTIVES} from 'angular2/common';
import {Keepalive} from 'ng2-idle-keepalive/core';
import {Idle} from 'ng2-idle/core';

  selector: 'about',
  templateUrl: './about/components/about.html',
  directives: [CORE_DIRECTIVES]
export class AboutCmp {
  pings: Array<string> = new Array;

  constructor(idle: Idle, private keepalive: Keepalive) {
    // NOTE: since this example uses Idle, the next line is only needed for this example,
    // so that Idle will not start/stop keepalive automatically. In a normal project,
    // you would not need this unless your use case requires it.

    // subscribe to the onPing event
    keepalive.onPing.subscribe(() => {
      this.pings.push(new Date().toISOString());

  clearPings(): void {
    this.pings.length = 0;

  startPinging(): void {

  stopPinging(): void {

  pingNow(): void {

  isPinging(): boolean {
    return this.keepalive.isRunning();

Here's the associated HTML template, src/about/components/about.html:

<p>Keepalive pings:</p>
  <button type="button" (click)="clearPings()">Clear list</button>
  <button type="button" (click)="startPinging()" [disabled]="isPinging()">Start</button>
  <button type="button" (click)="stopPinging()" [disabled]="!isPinging()">Stop</button>
  <button type="button" (click)="pingNow()">Ping</button>
  <li *ngFor="#ping of pings">{{ping}}</li>


This repository uses TypeScript (with Typings as the definition manager), Gulp, tslint, eslint (for JS files used in Gulp tasks), Karma, and Jasmine.

To run Gulp tasks, you'll need to install the gulp-cli.

 npm install -g gulp-cli

Once you have cloned the repository, install all packages.

 npm install

You can now build and run tests.

 gulp test

If you want to continuously build and test, first execute this task in a separate window:

 gulp build:dev:watch

Then run this task:

 gulp test:watch

If you wish to prepare a branch for a pull request, run this command and fix any errors:

 gulp build

You can use clang-format to automatically correct most style errors and then commit the results:

 gulp clang:format


See the contributing guide.


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