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Session resets after every app restart in Node/Express

Session resets after every app restart in Node/Express


Whenever I make changes to my app, nodemon restarts the whole app, but every time this happens, my session gets destroyed. This is getting annoying since I have to sign in every time I make changes to my app. How do I avoid this from happening?

I'm using cookie based sessions since I only store the userid. My setup looks like this (in coffeescript):

app.use express.cookieParser()
app.use express.session
  secret: 'mysecretkey'
app.use express.csrf()

And I save my session by doing this:

req.session.userid = user._id.toHexString() # it's a mongoDB ObjectID
Problem courtesy of: Jonathan Ong


By default expresssJS uses in-memory storage for sessions, so when your app is reset so are the in-memory session.

Since you are using Mongodb I would recommend using mongoDB for your session storage, or redis (which I haven't tried with node).

You can see this question on how to set up session support with express and mongo:

How to store session values with Node.js and mongodb?

Solution courtesy of: Craig MacGregor


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