A simple session store for Rails based on Redis.
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Redis Session Store

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A simple Redis-based session store for Rails. But why, you ask, when there's redis-store? redis-store is a one-size-fits-all solution, and I found it not to work properly with Rails, mostly due to a problem that seemed to lie in Rack's Abstract::ID class. I wanted something that worked, so I blatantly stole the code from Rails' MemCacheStore and turned it into a Redis version. No support for fancy stuff like distributed storage across several Redis instances. Feel free to add what you see fit.

This library doesn't offer anything related to caching, and is only suitable for Rails applications. For other frameworks or drop-in support for caching, check out redis-store.


For Rails 3+, adding this to your Gemfile will do the trick.

gem 'redis-session-store'


See lib/redis-session-store.rb for a list of valid options. In your Rails app, throw in an initializer with the following contents:

My::Application.config.session_store :redis_session_store, {
  key: 'your_session_key',
  redis: {
    expire_after: 120.minutes,
    key_prefix: 'myapp:session:',
    url: 'redis://host:12345/2',

Redis unavailability handling

If you want to handle cases where Redis is unavailable, a custom callable handler may be provided as on_redis_down:

My::Application.config.session_store :redis_session_store, {
  # ... other options ...
  on_redis_down: ->(e, env, sid) { do_something_will_ya!(e) }
  redis: {
    # ... redis options ...


By default the Marshal serializer is used. With Rails 4, you can use JSON as a custom serializer:

  • :json - serialize cookie values with JSON (Requires Rails 4+)
  • :marshal - serialize cookie values with Marshal (Default)
  • :hybrid - transparently migrate existing Marshal cookie values to JSON (Requires Rails 4+)
  • CustomClass - You can just pass the constant name of any class that responds to .load and .dump
My::Application.config.session_store :redis_session_store, {
  # ... other options ...
  serializer: :hybrid
  redis: {
    # ... redis options ...

Note: Rails 4 is required for using the :json and :hybrid serializers because the Flash object doesn't serialize well in 3.2. See Rails #13945 for more info.

Session load error handling

If you want to handle cases where the session data cannot be loaded, a custom callable handler may be provided as on_session_load_error which will be given the error and the session ID.

My::Application.config.session_store :redis_session_store, {
  # ... other options ...
  on_session_load_error: ->(e, sid) { do_something_will_ya!(e) }
  redis: {
    # ... redis options ...

Note The session will always be destroyed when it cannot be loaded.

Rails 2 Compatibility

This gem is currently only compatible with Rails 3+. If you need Rails 2 compatibility, be sure to pin to a lower version like so:

gem 'redis-session-store', '< 0.3'

Contributing, Authors, & License

See CONTRIBUTING.md, AUTHORS.md, and LICENSE, respectively.