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Managing unique and timed sessions in Django

Project Description


utsessions allow the features of timed and unique sessions for an user account in Django.

What does it do ?

utsessions is a middleware that makes all opened user sessions unique.

When an user session is opened, the user account can’t be reused before a certain amount of time. After this time, if the user account is reused, the first session is closed and a second one is opened.

A session can also be automaticaly closed after a choosen time.

This kind of behavior is useful for websites providing access to data by unique user account.


utsessions was written to be easily :

  • Installed in your projects, by simply registering the middleware.
  • Extended thanks to his design in object: each component can be removed or reused.
  • Configured, with the file which allows different behaviors.


Download the latest packaged version at and unpack it.

You can also perform a Subversion checkout to get the latest code.

svn checkout django-ut-sessions

Inside the package use this command line to install the package into your PYTHONPATH.

$> python install

Project installation

Now simply add this following line into your MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES section.


It must be after the SessionMiddleware and AuthentifcationMiddleware like this :



If you want to define the period of a session before being logged out, set a value in seconds to SESSION_LIMIT_SECONDS in your

A session can be released for another user before a certain amount of time, set to default at 300 seconds. To change this value define SESSION_TOKEN_LIMIT_SECONDS. If set to 0, no lock will be created.


Put utsessions into your INSTALLED_APPS section and run :

$> python test utsessions

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