How to find active session in tomcat?

Posted on 2014-12-09
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I am running tomcat server with a java application. We are using spring for session management, I would like to know how can I find the active session?
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how can I find the active session?
What do you mean by "the active session" ?  There is no concept of any one session being active. Did you mean to ask... "how can I find all the currently active sessions?"

Secondly, can you tell us if you are trying to do this from within the Java application that is running on Tomcat or from some application/tool external to the running Tomcat instance?

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My query is 'how can I find all the currently active sessions?' :-) so that when there are minimal user 'logged-in' then I can restart my application to fix something.

I have root level access to tomcat, if there is any tool which can help me get this info then I really appreciate it :-)
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Does your tomcat installation still have the "manager" webapp that comes in the standard distribution? (Look in tomcat's webapps folder to see if there is a "manager" folder) If so, then you already have your tool to view active sessions. Access to the manager app is disabled by default, but you just need to add your own username/password with the correct role (probably "manager-gui" role) to Tomcat. For the procedure and a bit more background on the configuration, refer here...


Once logged in, the very first page that you are presented with will give you the information that you require. Here is an example screenshot showing a list of applications configured for the Tomcat instance, and for each one it shows the number of sessions.

Now that should fulfil what you have asked for above, but you can go further if you wished. By clicking on the link for your particular application, you can actually list all the sessions and even see some/all of the data associated with each session. You may be able to use this to actually find usernames of the people that own each session, say if you wanted to contact them to tell them that the app will be restarted.

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