How to keep single session per user in Laravel


By now, most of you know about the PHP framework Laravel. It’s beautiful and those who haven’t tried this yet, please feel free to try it. I’m sure that you will love it. Coming to the requirement, our project required single session per user, meaning a user’s login process would clear all other sessions (or last session to be precise) from other devices or browsers for the same user. After a few study, here’s what I did to resolve it.

Added the following method in LoginController.php

 * Swap a user session with a current one
 * @param \App\User $user
 * @return boolean
protected function swapUserSession($user)
        if (!($user instanceof \App\User)) {
            return false;

        $new_session_id = Session::getId(); //get new session_id after user sign in
        $last_session = Session::getHandler()->read($user->last_session_id); // retrive last session

        if ($last_session) {

        $user->last_session_id = $new_session_id;

        return true;

Added a column ‘last_session_id’ in users table and in user model, added ‘last_session_id’ in the ‘fillable’ array.

That’s all. If you know any better method to handle this, please feel free to leave a comment.

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