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Session Handling for NodeJS' HTTP Server

session-manager provides a session management layer around node's built in http server using cookies.

Usage example

This example builds on Node's example web server, and responds with an incrementing count, per user.

var http = require('http');
var sessionManager = require('./session-manager.js');
// Best to use one shared session manager across requests 
var sessionManager = sessionManager.create({engine: 'memory'});
// Usage with Node's HTTP Server 
http.createServer(function (req, res) {
    if (req.url == '/') {
        // Load session for this user 
        var session = sessionManager.start(req, res);
        session.set('count', (session.get('count') || 0) + 1);
    // Display count 
    res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'});
    res.end((session ? session.get('count') : '') + '\n');
}).listen(1337, "");
console.log('Server running at');

Storage engines.

It supports various (and extensible) data storage engines. Currently included ones are:

  • file (stores data on disk)
  • memory (keeps data in array, useful for development, as restarting node will reset values)

Storing session data another way (creating new storage engine)

It is simple to create a new storage engine, e.g. redis by creating an object with two function keys, set(session_id, key, val) and get(session_id, key). The simplest example to base this on is the memory engine (./engines/memory.js).