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How to Redirect to Another Page when Session Timeout in ASP.NET (when pages contain Ajax UpdatePanel)

, 18 Jun 2008
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A small solution to deal with session timeout when using Ajax UpdatePanel


Session timeout in ASP.NET is such an important problem with web developer. When session ends, we run into some exceptional situations. There are also many solutions to deal with this problem on the Internet. But few of them have discussed about redirecting to another page when there is session timeout, especially when we work with Ajax UpdatePanel.

So, I suggest a way to do this.


My main idea is: 3 minutes before session is gone, we will alert the user to save his/her data or make any postbacks. If user still does not do anything, then 5 milliseconds before session goes, we will redirect the page to Login.aspx (or just refresh page by redirecting to itself).

Using the Code

Add the following code to your Master page:

private void CheckSessionTimeout()
    string msgSession = 'Warning: Within next 3 minutes, if you do not do anything, '+
               ' our system will redirect to the login page. Please save changed data.';
    //time to remind, 3 minutes before session ends
    int int_MilliSecondsTimeReminder = (this.Session.Timeout * 60000) - 3 * 60000; 
    //time to redirect, 5 milliseconds before session ends
    int int_MilliSecondsTimeOut = (this.Session.Timeout * 60000) - 5; 

    string str_Script = @"
            var myTimeReminder, myTimeOut; 
            clearTimeout(myTimeOut); " +
            "var sessionTimeReminder = " + 
		int_MilliSecondsTimeReminder.ToString() + "; " +
            "var sessionTimeout = " + int_MilliSecondsTimeOut.ToString() + ";" +
            "function doReminder(){ alert('" + msgSession + "'); }" +
            "function doRedirect(){ window.location.href="/KB/session/login.aspx"; }" + @"
            myTimeReminder=setTimeout('doReminder()', sessionTimeReminder); 
            myTimeOut=setTimeout('doRedirect()', sessionTimeout); ";

     ScriptManager.RegisterClientScriptBlock(this.Page, this.GetType(), 
           "CheckSessionOut", str_Script, true);
private void Page_Load(object sender, System.EventArgs e)

If you do not want to redirect to login page, you can just refresh the page by replacing it by this code:

function doRedirect(){ window.location.href=window.location.href; }

If you do not use ScriptManager, you can replace with Page.RegisterClientScriptBlock(...)

Hope this helps.


  • 18th June, 2008: Initial post 


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About the Author

Nguyen Quy Minh
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Vietnam Vietnam

Comments and Discussions

GeneralRe: No effect when something happened in update panel. Pinmemberanukit24-Sep-08 3:48 
GeneralSome more improvements... PinmemberTuomas Hietanen27-Jun-08 5:38 
GeneralRe: Some more improvements... PinmemberNguyen Quy Minh27-Jun-08 7:22 
Generalthanks! Pinmembervegeta4ss25-Jun-08 4:17 
I was looking for something like this just a few days ago. Now I have a good example.
Many thanks.
QuestionWhat if javascript is disabled? Pinmemberevolved19-Jun-08 8:04 
AnswerRe: What if javascript is disabled? PinmemberNguyen Quy Minh19-Jun-08 21:48 
QuestionWhat about inheritante? Or Forms authentication? Pinmembertkrafael_net19-Jun-08 6:04 
AnswerRe: What about inheritante? Or Forms authentication? PinmemberNguyen Quy Minh19-Jun-08 7:56 
AnswerRe: What about inheritante? Or Forms authentication? PinmemberGeorge Peters2-Jul-08 3:40 
GeneralRe: What about inheritante? Or Forms authentication? Pinmembertkrafael_net2-Jul-08 13:27 

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