User Login Session Timeout Logout in PHP

by Vincy. Last modified on July 11th, 2022.

This PHP tutorial is used for setting user login session expiration time for the logged-in user. Once, this time is elapsed then the user no longer access the authenticated pages of the application.

In the previous tutorial, we have created session variables once a user logged in to our application.

In this tutorial, we are going to add the current logged-in timestamp to a session. Using this timestamp we are checking if the login session expiration time is reached. If so,  the user will be logged out.

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HTML code for User Login

This code is for showing login form to the user.


<form name="frmUser" method="post" action="">
<?php if($message!="") { ?>
<div class="message"><?php echo $message; ?></div>
<?php } ?>
<table border="0" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="1" width="100%"
		<tr class="tableheader">
			<td align="center" colspan="2">Enter Login Details</td>
		<tr class="tablerow">
			<td align="right">Username</td>
			<td><input type="text" name="user_name"></td>
		<tr class="tablerow">
			<td align="right">Password</td>
			<td><input type="password" name="password"></td>
		<tr class="tableheader">
			<td align="center" colspan="2"><input type="submit" name="submit"

Creating User Login Session

In this code, we are adding logged-in user id and logged-in time to a session variable. Then, we are invoking a PHP function to check if the login session expiration time is elapsed.

If it is not reached, then the user will be redirected to the dashboard.

if(count($_POST)>0) {
	if( $_POST["user_name"] == "admin" and $_POST["password"] == "admin") {
		$_SESSION["user_id"] = 1001;
		$_SESSION["user_name"] = $_POST["user_name"];
		$_SESSION['loggedin_time'] = time();  
	} else {
		$message = "Invalid Username or Password!";

if(isset($_SESSION["user_id"])) {
	if(!isLoginSessionExpired()) {
	} else {

PHP Function for Checking Login Session Timeout

This function will be invoked at the beginning of all authenticated pages. This function returns TRUE if the user login session is expired, FALSE otherwise.

function isLoginSessionExpired() {
	$login_session_duration = 10; 
	$current_time = time(); 
	if(isset($_SESSION['loggedin_time']) and isset($_SESSION["user_id"])){  
		if(((time() - $_SESSION['loggedin_time']) > $login_session_duration)){ 
			return true; 
	return false;

User Login Session Expiration Logout

This logout.php page will “unset” logged-in user session and check for the status of the session_expired flag. If it is set, then the login session timeout message will be displayed to the user.

$url = "index.php";
if(isset($_GET["session_expired"])) {
	$url .= "?session_expired=" . $_GET["session_expired"];

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