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sessions for aiohttp.web

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The library provides sessions for aiohttp.web.


The library allows us to store user-specific data into a session object.

The session object has a dict-like interface (operations like session[key] = value, value = session[key] etc. are present).

Before processing the session in a web-handler, you have to register the session middleware in aiohttp.web.Application.

A trivial usage example:

import time
import base64
from cryptography import fernet
from aiohttp import web
from aiohttp_session import setup, get_session
from aiohttp_session.cookie_storage import EncryptedCookieStorage

async def handler(request):
    session = await get_session(request)
    last_visit = session['last_visit'] if 'last_visit' in session else None
    session['last_visit'] = time.time()
    text = 'Last visited: {}'.format(last_visit)
    return web.Response(text=text)

def make_app():
    app = web.Application()
    # secret_key must be 32 url-safe base64-encoded bytes
    fernet_key = fernet.Fernet.generate_key()
    secret_key = base64.urlsafe_b64decode(fernet_key)
    setup(app, EncryptedCookieStorage(secret_key))
    app.router.add_get('/', handler)
    return app


All storages use an HTTP Cookie named AIOHTTP_SESSION for storing data. This can be modified by passing the keyword argument cookie_name to the storage class of your choice.

Available session storages are:

  • aiohttp_session.SimpleCookieStorage() – keeps session data as a plain JSON string in the cookie body. Use the storage only for testing purposes, it’s very non-secure.

  • aiohttp_session.cookie_storage.EncryptedCookieStorage(secret_key) – stores the session data into a cookie as SimpleCookieStorage but encodes it via AES cipher. secrect_key is a bytes key for AES encryption/decryption, the length should be 32 bytes.

    Requires cryptography library:

    $ pip install aiohttp_session[secure]
  • aiohttp_session.redis_storage.RedisStorage(redis_pool) – stores JSON encoded data in redis, keeping only the redis key (a random UUID) in the cookie. redis_pool is a aioredis pool object, created by await aioredis.create_redis_pool(...) call.

    Requires aioredis library (only versions 1.0+ are supported):

    $ pip install aiohttp_session[aioredis]


Install for local development:

$ pip install -r requirements-dev.txt

Run tests with:

$ pytest -sv tests/


aiohttp_session is offered under the Apache 2 license.


2.9.0 (2019-11-04)

  • Fix memcached expiring time (#398)

2.8.0 (2019-09-17)

  • Make this compatible with Python 3.7+. Import from, instead of from collections. (#373)

2.7.0 (2018-10-13)

  • Reset a session if the session age > max_age (#331)
  • Reset a session on TTL expiration for EncryptedCookieStorage (#326)

2.6.0 (2018-09-12)

  • Create a new session if NaClCookieStorage cannot decode a corrupted cookie (#317)

2.5.0 (2018-05-12)

  • Add an API for requesting new session explicitly (#281)

2.4.0 (2018-05-04)

  • Fix a bug for session fixation (#272)

2.3.0 (2018-02-13)

  • Support custom encoder and decoder by all storages (#252)
  • Bump to aiohttp 3.0

2.2.0 (2018-01-31)

  • Fixed the formatting of an error handling bad middleware return types. (#249)

2.1.0 (2017-11-24)

  • Add session.set_new_identity() method for changing identity for a new session (#236)

2.0.1 (2017-11-22)

  • Replace assertions in aioredis installation checks by RuntimeError (#235)

2.0.0 (2017-11-21)

  • Update to aioredis 1.0+. The aiohttp-session 2.0 is not compatible with aioredis 0.X (#234)

1.2.1 (2017-11-20)

  • Pin aioredis<1.0 (#231)

1.2.0 (2017-11-06)

  • Add MemcachedStorage (#224)

1.1.0 (2017-11-03)

  • Upgrade middleware to new style from aiohttp 2.3+

1.0.1 (2017-09-13)

  • Add key_factory attribute for redis_storage (#205)

1.0.0 (2017-07-27)

  • Catch decoder exception in RedisStorage on data load (#175)
  • Specify domain and path on cookie deletion (#171)

0.8.0 (2016-12-04)

  • Use time.time() instead of time.monotonic() for absolute times (#81)

0.7.0 (2016-09-24)

  • Fix tests to be compatible with aiohttp upstream API for client cookies

0.6.0 (2016-09-08)

  • Add expires field automatically to support older browsers (#43)
  • Respect session.max_age in redis storage #45
  • Always pass default max_age from storage into session (#45)

0.5.0 (2016-02-21)

  • Handle cryptography.fernet.InvalidToken exception by providing an empty session (#29)

0.4.0 (2016-01-06)

  • Add optional NaCl encrypted storage (#20)
  • Relax EncryptedCookieStorage to accept base64 encoded string, e.g. generated by Fernet.generate_key.
  • Add setup() function
  • Save the session even on exception in the middleware chain

0.3.0 (2015-11-20)

  • Reflect aiohttp changes: minimum required Python version is 3.4.1
  • Use explicit ‘aiohttp_session’ package

0.2.0 (2015-09-07)

  • Add session.created property (#14)
  • Replaced PyCrypto with crypthography library (#16)

0.1.2 (2015-08-07)

  • Add manifest file (#15)

0.1.1 (2015-04-20)

  • Fix #7: stop cookie name growing each time session is saved

0.1.0 (2015-04-13)

  • First public release

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