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Extending session timeout in PHP via the .htaccess

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


I want to up the time my users will stay logged into my site without getting automatically logged out after a period of inactivity. I’m tracking the logged in status using PHP sessions.

How can I set this, I’m trying to control this from my .htaccess file.

How to&Answers:

You can’t do that from the htaccess file but You can change this line in your php.ini file.

session.gc_maxlifetime = 1440

Update: it seems to be possible, so i stand corrected

php_value session.gc_maxlifetime 3600

I haven’t tried this out though.


You could also try changing the value at runtime using ini_set:

ini_set('session.gc_maxlifetime', '3600');