– Sessions in ASP.NET Core 1.0 – Basic example of handling Session

1)First, add dependency in project.json – "Microsoft.AspNetCore.Session": "1.1.0",

2)In startup.cs and add AddSession() and AddDistributedMemoryCache() lines to the ConfigureServices like this-

services.AddDistributedMemoryCache(); //This way ASP.NET Core will use a Memory Cache to store session variables
services.AddSession(options =>
            options.IdleTimeout = TimeSpan.FromDays(1); // It depends on user requirements.
            options.CookieName = ".My.Session"; // Give a cookie name for session which will be visible in request payloads.

3)Add the UseSession() call in Configure method of startup like this-

app.UseSession(); //make sure add this line before UseMvc()

4)In Controller, Session object can be used like this-

using Microsoft.AspNetCore.Http;

public class HomeController : Controller
    public IActionResult Index()
        HttpContext.Session.SetString("SessionVariable1", "Testing123");
        return View();

    public IActionResult About()
        ViewBag.Message = HttpContext.Session.GetString("SessionVariable1");

        return View();
  1. If you are using cors policy then sometimes it may give errors, after enabling
    session regarding headers about enabling AllowCredentials header and using
    WithOrigins header instead of AllowAllOrigins.

if you want to reproduce, please indicate the source: – Sessions in ASP.NET Core 1.0 – Basic example of handling Session - CodeDay