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MongoDB session store for Express and Connect

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MongoDB session store for Connect and Express written in Typescript.

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Breaking change in V4 and rewritten the whole project using Typescript. Please checkout the migration guide and changelog for details.


npm install connect-mongo
yarn add connect-mongo
  • If you are upgrading from v3.x to v4, please checkout the migration guide for details.
  • If you are upgrading v4.x to latest version, you may check the example and options for details.


For extended compatibility, see previous versions v3.x. But please note that we are not maintaining v3.x anymore.


Express or Connect integration

Express 4.x, 5.0 and Connect 3.x:

const session = require('express-session');
const MongoStore = require('connect-mongo');

  secret: 'foo',
  store: MongoStore.create(options)
import session from 'express-session'
import MongoStore from 'connect-mongo'

  secret: 'foo',
  store: MongoStore.create(options)

Connection to MongoDB

In many circumstances, connect-mongo will not be the only part of your application which need a connection to a MongoDB database. It could be interesting to re-use an existing connection.

Alternatively, you can configure connect-mongo to establish a new connection.

Create a new connection from a MongoDB connection string

MongoDB connection strings are the best way to configure a new connection. For advanced usage, more options can be configured with mongoOptions property.

// Basic usage
  store: MongoStore.create({ mongoUrl: 'mongodb://localhost/test-app' })

// Advanced usage
  store: MongoStore.create({
    mongoUrl: 'mongodb://user12345:foobar@localhost/test-app?authSource=admin&w=1',
    mongoOptions: advancedOptions // See below for details

Re-use an existing native MongoDB driver client promise

In this case, you just have to give your MongoClient instance to connect-mongo.

** There are many ways to create MongoClient.
** You should refer to the driver documentation.

// Database name present in the connection string will be used
  store: MongoStore.create({ clientPromise })

// Explicitly specifying database name
  store: MongoStore.create({
    dbName: 'test-app'

Known issues

Known issues in GitHub Issues page.

MongoError exports circular dependency

The following error can be safely ignore from official reply.

(node:16580) Warning: Accessing non-existent property 'MongoError' of module exports inside circular dependency
(Use `node --trace-warnings ...` to show where the warning was created)


A MongoStore instance will emit the following events:

Event nameDescriptionPayload
createA session has been createdsessionId
touchA session has been touched (but not modified)sessionId
updateA session has been updatedsessionId
setA session has been created OR updated (for compatibility purpose)sessionId
destroyA session has been destroyed manuallysessionId

Session expiration

When the session cookie has an expiration date, connect-mongo will use it.

Otherwise, it will create a new one, using ttl option.

  store: MongoStore.create({
    mongoUrl: 'mongodb://localhost/test-app',
    ttl: 14 * 24 * 60 * 60 // = 14 days. Default

Note: Each time an user interacts with the server, its session expiration date is refreshed.

Remove expired sessions

By default, connect-mongo uses MongoDB's TTL collection feature (2.2+) to have mongod automatically remove expired sessions. But you can change this behavior.

Set MongoDB to clean expired sessions (default mode)

connect-mongo will create a TTL index for you at startup. You MUST have MongoDB 2.2+ and administration permissions.

  store: MongoStore.create({
    mongoUrl: 'mongodb://localhost/test-app',
    autoRemove: 'native' // Default

Note: If you use connect-mongo in a very concurrent environment, you should avoid this mode and prefer setting the index yourself, once!

Set the compatibility mode

In some cases you can't or don't want to create a TTL index, e.g. Azure Cosmos DB.

connect-mongo will take care of removing expired sessions, using defined interval.

  store: MongoStore.create({
    mongoUrl: 'mongodb://localhost/test-app',
    autoRemove: 'interval',
    autoRemoveInterval: 10 // In minutes. Default

Disable expired sessions cleaning

You are in production environnement and/or you manage the TTL index elsewhere.

  store: MongoStore.create({
    mongoUrl: 'mongodb://localhost/test-app',
    autoRemove: 'disabled'

Lazy session update

If you are using express-session >= 1.10.0 and don't want to resave all the session on database every single time that the user refresh the page, you can lazy update the session, by limiting a period of time.

  secret: 'keyboard cat',
  saveUninitialized: false, // don't create session until something stored
  resave: false, //don't save session if unmodified
  store: MongoStore.create({
    mongoUrl: 'mongodb://localhost/test-app',
    touchAfter: 24 * 3600 // time period in seconds

by doing this, setting touchAfter: 24 * 3600 you are saying to the session be updated only one time in a period of 24 hours, does not matter how many request's are made (with the exception of those that change something on the session data)

Transparent encryption/decryption of session data

When working with sensitive session data it is recommended to use encryption

const store = MongoStore.create({
  mongoUrl: 'mongodb://localhost/test-app',
  crypto: {
    secret: 'squirrel'


Connection-related options (required)

One of the following options should be provided. If more than one option are provided, each option will take precedence over others according to priority.

1mongoUrlA connection string for creating a new MongoClient connection. If database name is not present in the connection string, database name should be provided using dbName option.
2clientPromiseA Promise that is resolved with MongoClient connection. If the connection was established without database name being present in the connection string, database name should be provided using dbName option.
3clientAn existing MongoClient connection. If the connection was established without database name being present in the connection string, database name should be provided using dbName option.

More options

mongoOptions{ useUnifiedTopology: true }Options object for MongoClient.connect() method. Can be used with mongoUrl option.
dbNameA name of database used for storing sessions. Can be used with mongoUrl, or clientPromise options. Takes precedence over database name present in the connection string.
collectionName'sessions'A name of collection used for storing sessions.
ttl1209600The maximum lifetime (in seconds) of the session which will be used to set session.cookie.expires if it is not yet set. Default is 14 days.
autoRemove'native'Behavior for removing expired sessions. Possible values: 'native', 'interval' and 'disabled'.
autoRemoveInterval10Interval (in minutes) used when autoRemove option is set to interval.
touchAfter0Interval (in seconds) between session updates.
stringifytrueIf true, connect-mongo will serialize sessions using JSON.stringify before setting them, and deserialize them with JSON.parse when getting them. This is useful if you are using types that MongoDB doesn't support.
serializeCustom hook for serializing sessions to MongoDB. This is helpful if you need to modify the session before writing it out.
unserializeCustom hook for unserializing sessions from MongoDB. This can be used in scenarios where you need to support different types of serializations (e.g., objects and JSON strings) or need to modify the session before using it in your app.
writeOperationOptionsOptions object to pass to every MongoDB write operation call that supports it (e.g. update, remove). Useful for adjusting the write concern. Only exception: If autoRemove is set to 'interval', the write concern from the writeOperationOptions object will get overwritten.
transformIdTransform original sessionId in whatever you want to use as storage key.
cryptoCrypto related options. See below.

Crypto-related options

secretfalseEnables transparent crypto in accordance with OWASP session management recommendations.
algorithm'aes-256-gcm'Allows for changes to the default symmetric encryption cipher. See crypto.getCiphers() for supported algorithms.
hashing'sha512'May be used to change the default hashing algorithm. See crypto.getHashes() for supported hashing algorithms.
encodeas'hex'Specify to change the session data cipher text encoding.
key_size32When using varying algorithms the key size may be used. Default value 32 is based on the AES blocksize.
iv_size16This can be used to adjust the default IV size if a different algorithm requires a different size.
at_size16When using newer AES modes such as the default GCM or CCM an authentication tag size can be defined.


yarn install
docker-compose up -d
# Run these 2 lines in 2 shell
yarn watch:build
yarn watch:test

Example application

yarn link
cd example
yarn link "connect-mongo"
yarn install
yarn start


Since I cannot access the setting page. I can only do it manually.

  1. Bump version, update and README. Commit and push.
  2. Run yarn build && yarn test && npm publish
  3. git tag vX.Y.Z && git push --tags


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