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simplesessions is a "pure" Go session library that is completely agnostic of HTTP libraries and frameworks, backend stores, and even cookie jars.


Most session libraries are highly opinionated and hard-wired to work with net/http handlers (or other 3rd party libraries like fasthttp) and take liberties on how session data should be encoded and stored. simplesessions takes a pragmatic approach, where everything from HTTP request and cookie handling to data encoding and session storage are plugged in as simple callback functions. Moreover, most session libraries treat data as strings losing type information. simplessions provides a way to maintain primitive types such as int, string etc.


  1. Framework/network library agnostic.
  2. Simple API and with support for primitive data types. Complex types can be stored using own encoding/decoding.
  3. Bundled Redis and in-memory stores.
  4. Multiple session instances with custom handlers and different backend stores.


Install simplesessions and all available stores.

go get -u
go get -u


Sessions can be stored to any backend by implementing the store interface. The following stores are bundled.


Check the examples directory for complete examples.

Connecting a store

Stores can be registered to a session instance by using Use method.

sess := simplesessions.New(simplesessions.Options{})

Connecting an HTTP handler

Any HTTP library can be connected to simplesessions by registering the RegisterGetCookie() and RegisterSetCookie() callbacks. The below example shows a simple net/http usecase. Another example showing fasthttp can be found here.

var sessMan *simplesessions.Manager

func getCookie(name string, r interface{}) (*http.Cookie, error) {
	// Get read interface registered using `Acquire` method in handlers.
	rd := r.(*http.Request)

	// Send cookie for received cookie name from request.
	// Note that other networking libs and frameworks should
	// also send back cookie in net/http cookie format.
	// If cookie is not found for given cookie name then
	// `http.ErrNoCookie` should be returned.
	// Cookie name is what you set while creating session manager
	// with custom options (`Options.CookieName`). Defaults to `session`.
	cookie, err := rd.Cookie(name)
	if err != nil {
		return nil, err

	return cookie, nil

func setCookie(cookie *http.Cookie, w interface{}) error {
	// Get write interface registered using `Acquire` method in handlers.
	wr := w.(http.ResponseWriter)

	// net/http cookie is returned which can be
	// used to set cookie for current request.
	// Note that other network libraries or
	// framework will also receive cookie as
	// net/http cookie and it has to set cookie accordingly.
	http.SetCookie(wr, cookie)
	return nil

func handler(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
	// Use method `Acquire` to acquire a session before you access the session.
	// Acquire takes read, write interface and context respectively.
	// Read interface sent to callback registered with `RegisterGetCookie`
	// and write interface is sent to callback registered with `RegisterWriteCookie`
	// Optionally `context` can be sent which is usually request context where acquire
	// session will get previously loaded session. This is useful if you have multiple
	// middlewares accessing sessions. New sessions will be created in first middleware which
	// does `Acquire` and will be reused in other places.
	sess, err := sessMan.Acquire(r, w, nil)

	// Use 'Set` and `Commit` to set a field for session.
	// 'Set` ideally doesn't persist the value to store unless method `Commit` is called.
	// But note that its up to the store you are using to decide to
	// persist data only on `commit` or persist on `Set` itself.
	// Stores like redis, db etc should persist on `Commit` while in-memory does on `Set`.
	// No matter what store you use its better to explicitly
	// call `Commit` method when you set all the values.
	err = sess.Set("somekey", "somevalue")
	err = sess.Set("someotherkey", 10)
	err = sess.Commit()

	// Use `Get` method to get a field from current session. The result will be an interface
	// so you can use helper methods like
	// `String', `Int`, `Int64`, `UInt64`, `Float64`, `Bytes`, `Bool`.
	val, err := sess.String(sess.Get("somekey"))

	// Use `GetAll` to get map of all fields from session.
	// The result is map of string and interface you can use helper methods to type cast it.
	val, err := sess.GetAll()

	// Use `GetMulti` to get values for given fields from session.
	// The result is map of string and interface you can use helper methods to type cast it.
	// If key is not there then store should ideally send `nil` value for given key.
	val, err := sess.GetMulti("somekey", "someotherkey")

	// Use `Delete` to delete a field from session.
	err := sess.Delete("somekey")

	// Use `Clear` to clear session from store.
	err := sess.Clear()

	fmt.Fprintf(w, "success")

func main() {
	// Create a session manager with custom options like cookie name,
	// cookie domain, is secure cookie etc. Check `Options` struct for more options.
	sessMan := simplesessions.New(simplesessions.Options{})
	// Create a new store instance and attach to session manager
	// Register callbacks for read and write cookie
	// Get cookie callback should get cookie based on cookie name and
	// sent back in net/http cookie format.
	// Set cookie callback should set cookie it received for received cookie name.

	http.HandleFunc("/set", handler)


simplesessions is a "pure" Go session library that is completely agnostic of HTTP libraries and frameworks, backend stores, and even cookie jars.







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