Session Timeout in

Session Timeout in

In previous post we learnt how to use session in In this post we will learn some more things about session.

Session is a length/period of time that a particular browser instances spends accessing a website. The Session object is used to persist data across a user session during the user’s visit to a website.

In by default session timeout = 20 minutes, but in some cases we need to change session time increment or decrement by changing web.config file setting.
We can also set manually by write c# code at code behind .aspx page in

Set Session Timeout

  • Session Timeout using web.config file
  • Session timeout in each page using C# code
  • Session timeout using IIS Server for website

Using Web.config file

Set session timeout = 3 minute using web.config file.

<sessionState mode=”InProc” timeout=”3″></sessionState>

Using C# code

We can also set session timeout for each page.

Session timeout syntax

Session.Timeout= 2;

Above line indicate that all session will be timed out after 2 minute if user doesn’t visit any new page of site.

Example of Session.Timeout

If the user doesn’t do anything on web for for a long time then they automatically logged out from web site, this things done by the Timeout property of Session in ASP.Net.

Let’s understand more about session timeout with example. Open visual studio and add new web form in website. Design web form with two button control, a label control and a textbox control as show in below figure.

Here, the button set timeout will be set manually session timeout = 2 minute, after clicking set timeout button user doesn’t visit any new pages the session will be expired and user get “session null exception” error message.

Session Timeout Example in ASP.Net
Session Timeout Example in ASP.Net
protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)

protected void btnsessiontimeout_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
//create session and set timeout = 2 minutes
Session["name"] = txtname.Text; 
Session.Timeout = 2;
protected void btndisplay_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
lbl.Text = Session["name"].ToString();

Now, If our web form stays idle more then 2 minute continuously, then after you will try to get session value, you will have below error message.

After session timeout, we got below error message.

Session Timeout error message in
Session Timeout error message in

Set Session Timeout using IIS Server

Open IIS setting

Open run dialog box — > type inetmgr and press enter –> IIS Manage

Open Control Panel –> Administrative Tools  –> IIS Manager

Select Default website –> right click and select properties
Select ASP.NET section , and click on Edit Configuration
Select “State Management” option
This windows Time-out(in minutes) textbox write new value to change session timeout.

Related ASP.Net Topics :

Session State in C#.Net
View State in C#.Net

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