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Redis based sessions for bottle.

Project description

Bottle Sessions with Redis

Bottle_session is a session manager for the Bottle microframework that uses a
cookie to maintain your web session and stores a hash associated with that
cookie using the redis key-value store. It is designed as a simple Bottle

Install using either pip or easy_install:

$ pip install bottle-session

or you can download the latest version from bitbucket:

$ git clone
$ cd bottle-session
$ python install

In order to use bottle-session you must have both the redis and of course the
bottle modules installed. I recommend also installing pycrypto, although it is
not required. If pycrypto is installed, then the pycrypto random number
generator is used to generate session cookies, otherwise python's internal
random number generator is used.

Using Bottle-session
The first requirement is that you import the bottle_session module:

import bottle_session
import bottle

Next, initialize the plugin:

app =
plugin = bottle_session.SessionPlugin(cookie_lifetime=600)

The `cookie_lifetime` parameter is the lifetime of the cookie in seconds, if
the lifetime is explicitly set to **None** it will last 1 week. The
`SessionPlugin` class initializer takes several optional parameters:

- `host` is the host for the redis instance. It defaults to `localhost`.
- `port` is the port for the redis instance. It defaults to `6379`.
- `db` is the redis database number. It defaults to `0`.
- `cookie_name` is the name of the session cookie. It defaults to
- `keyword` is the plugin keyword. It defaults to `session`.
- `password` is the optional password for the redis instance. It defaults to

To use the plugin, just add the keyword (`session` by default) to the routed

def index(session):
user_name = session.get('name')
if user_name is not None:
return "Hello, %s"%user_name
return "I don't recognize you."

def set_name(session,user_name=None):
if user_name is not None:
return "I recognize you now."
return "What was that?"


In this example you can set the `name` property of the session cookie to Chris
by visiting the `http://localhost:8888/set/Chris` and then that value is
retrieved when you visit `http://localhost:8888/`.

Using Bottle-session and Bottle-redis
If you are using redis for sessions you are likely using redis to store other
data as well, and likely use the bottle-redis plugin. You can use both plugins
together, and you can even get them to use the same connection pool.
Initialize them by creating a connection pool which you attach to each plugin
object before installing them into the bottle application as shown below:

#!/usr/bin/env python
import bottle_session
import bottle_redis
import bottle
import redis
from datetime import datetime

app =
session_plugin = bottle_session.SessionPlugin()
redis_plugin = bottle_redis.RedisPlugin()

connection_pool = redis.ConnectionPool(host='localhost', port=6379)

session_plugin.connection_pool = connection_pool
redis_plugin.redisdb = connection_pool

def index(session,rdb):
visitor = rdb.get('visitors')
last_visit = session['visit']
session['visit'] =

return 'You are visitor %s, your last visit was on %s'%(visitor,last_visit)


Thanks to Marcel Hellkamp and the bottle community for the framework and to
Sean M. Collins whose bottle-redis package in bottle-extras served as the
inspiration for this bottle plugin. Thank you to James Burke for
your contributions.

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