redis-sessions

An advanced session store for Redis

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Redis Sessions

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This is a NodeJS module to keep sessions in a Redis datastore and add some useful methods.

The main purpose of this module is to generalize sessions across application server platforms. We use nginx reverse proxy to route parts of a website to a NodeJS server and other parts could be Python, .net, PHP, Coldfusion or Java servers. You can then use rest-sessions to access the same sessions on all app server via a REST interface.

Installation

npm install redis-sessions

Basics

  • Every session belongs to an app (e.g. webapp, app_cust123).
  • create: A session is created by supplying the app and an id (usually the unique id of the user). A token will be returned.
  • get: A session is queried with the app and token.
  • set: Additional data (key/value) can be stored in the session.
  • kill: A session can be killed with the app and token.
  • killall: All sessions of an app can be killed.

Additional methods

  • activity: Get the amount of active sessions of an app within the last n seconds.
  • soid: Get all sessions of a single id.
  • killsoid: Kill all sessions that belong to a single id. E.g. log out user123 on all devices.
  • soapp: Get an array of all sessions of an app which were active within the last n seconds.
  • Automatic cleanup of old sessions.

Performance

With Redis being run on the same machine the test script (run via npm test) on a 2011 iMac:

  • Creates 1000 sessions in around 170ms.
  • Gets those 1000 sessions and validates them in around 155ms.
  • Removes those 1000 sessions in 18ms.

Use via REST

See rest-sessions.

Use in NodeJS

Initialize redis-sessions

RedisSessions = require("redis-sessions");
//
// Parameters for RedisSession:
//
// e.g. rs = new RedisSession({host:"192.168.0.20"});
//
// `port`: *optional* Default: 6379. The Redis port.
// `host`, *optional* Default: "127.0.0.1". The Redis host.
// `options`, *optional* Default: {}. Additional options. See: https://github.com/mranney/node_redis#rediscreateclientport-host-options
// `namespace`: *optional* Default: "rs". The namespace prefix for all Redis keys used by this module.
// `wipe`: *optional* Default: 600. The interval in second after which the timed out sessions are wiped. No value less than 10 allowed.
// `client`: *optional* An external RedisClient object which will be used for the connection.
//
rs = new RedisSessions();

rsapp = "myapp";

Create a session

The ttl parameter is optional and defaults to 7200.


// Set a session for `user1001`

rs.create({
  app: rsapp,
  id: "user1001",
  ip: "192.168.22.58",
  ttl: 3600},
  function(err, resp) {
    // resp should be something like 
   // {token: "r30kKwv3sA6ExrJ9OmLSm4Wo3nt9MQA1yG94wn6ByFbNrVWhcwAyOM7Zhfxqh8fe"}
  });

Add some data to the session

rs.set({
  app: rsapp,
  token: "r30kKwv3sA6ExrJ9OmLSm4Wo3nt9MQA1yG94wn6ByFbNrVWhcwAyOM7Zhfxqh8fe",
  d: {
    "unread_msgs": 12,
    "last_action": "/read/news",
    "birthday": "2013-08-13"
  }},
  function(err, resp) {
    /*
    resp contains the session with the new values:

    {  
      "id":"user1001",
      "r": 1,
      "w": 2,
      "idle": 1,
      "ttl": 7200, 
      "d":
        {
          "unread_msgs": 12,
          "last_action": "/read/news",
          "birthday": "2013-08-13"
        }
    }
    */  
  });

Get a session for a token

rs.get({
  app: rsapp,
  token: "r30kKwv3sA6ExrJ9OmLSm4Wo3nt9MQA1yG94wn6ByFbNrVWhcwAyOM7Zhfxqh8fe"},
  function(err, resp) {
    /*
    resp contains the session:

    {  
      "id":"user1001",
      "r": 1,  // The number of reads on this token
      "w": 1,  // The number of writes on this token
      "idle": 21,  // The idle time in seconds.
      "ttl": 7200, // Timeout after 7200 idle time
      "d":
        {
          "unread_msgs": 12,
          "last_action": "/read/news",
          "birthday": "2013-08-13"
        }
    }

    */
  });

Set/Update/Delete

Set/Update/Delete parameters by supplying app, token and some data d.
The d object contains a simple key/value list where values
can be string, number, boolean or null.
To remove keys set them to null, keys that are not supplied will not be touched.


rs.set({
  app: rsapp,
  token: "r30kKwv3sA6ExrJ9OmLSm4Wo3nt9MQA1yG94wn6ByFbNrVWhcwAyOM7Zhfxqh8fe",
  d: {
      "unread_msgs": null
      "last_action": "/read/msg/2121"
  }},
  function(err, resp) {
    /*
    resp contains the session with modified values:

    {  
      "id":"user1001",
      "r": 1,
      "w": 2,
      "idle": 1,
      "ttl": 7200, 
      "d":
        {
          "last_action": "/read/msg/2121",
          "birthday": "2013-08-13"
        }
    }
    */  
  });

Kill

Kill a single session by supplying app and token:


rs.kill({
  app: rsapp,
  token: "r30kKwv3sA6ExrJ9OmLSm4Wo3nt9MQA1yG94wn6ByFbNrVWhcwAyOM7Zhfxqh8fe"},
  function(err, resp) {
    /*
    resp contains the result:

    {kill: 1}
    */  
  });

Note: If {kill: 0} is returned the session was not found.

Activity

Query the amount of active session within the last 10 minutes (600 seconds).


rs.activity({
  app: rsapp,
  dt: 600},
  function(err, resp) {
    /*
    resp contains the activity:

    {activity: 12}
    */  
  });

Sessions of App

Get all sessions of an app there were active within the last 10 minutes (600 seconds).


rs.soapp({
  app: rsapp,
  dt: 600},
  function(err, resp) {
    /*
    resp contains the sessions:

    { sessions: 
       [ { id: 'someuser123',
           r: 1,
           w: 1,
           ttl: 30,
           idle: 0,
           ip: '127.0.0.2'
         },
         { id: 'anotheruser456',
           r: 4,
           w: 2,
           ttl: 7200,
             idle: 24,
           ip: '127.0.0.1' }
        ] 
    }
    */  
  });

Sessions of Id

Get all sessions within an app that belong to a single id. This would be all sessions of a single user in case he is logged in on different browsers / devices.


rs.soid({
  app: rsapp,
  id: "bulkuser_999"},
  function(err, resp) {
    /*
    resp contains the sessions:

    { sessions: 
       [ { id: 'bulkuser_999',
           r: 1,
           w: 1,
           ttl: 30,
           idle: 0,
           ip: '127.0.0.2' },
         { id: 'bulkuser_999',
           r: 1,
           w: 1,
           ttl: 7200,
           idle: 0,
           ip: '127.0.0.1' }
        ] 
    }
    */  
  });

Kill all sessions of an id

Kill all sessions of an id within an app:


rs.killsoid({app: rsapp, id: 'bulkuser_999'},
  function(err, resp) {
    /*
    resp contains the result:

    {kill: 2} // The amount of sessions that were killed
    */  
  });

Killall

Kill all sessions of an app:


rs.killall({app: rsapp},
  function(err, resp) {
    /*
    resp contains the result:

    {kill: 12} // The amount of sessions that were killed
    */  
  });

CHANGELOG

See https://github.com/smrchy/redis-sessions/blob/master/CHANGELOG.md

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The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright © 2013 Patrick Liess, http://www.tcs.de

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the “Software”), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

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