I am trying to set a value in external file but the session values are not set correctly. The session is set some times and other times it is not set. I am setting a session using ajax call following is the code in external file.

define( '_JEXEC', 1 );
define( 'JPATH_BASE', realpath(dirname(__FILE__).'/' ));

require_once ( JPATH_BASE .DS.'includes'.DS.'defines.php' );
require_once ( JPATH_BASE .DS.'includes'.DS.'framework.php' );
$mainframe =& JFactory::getApplication('site');

$session =& JFactory::getSession();
$session->set('continent',123456); //Set session name and value
echo $session->get('continent'); //Get session value 

In ajax call I can get the session values using "$session->get('continent')" but when I try to get the session value in inside Jommla I get null or nothing.

$session =& JFactory::getSession();
echo $session->get('continent');

I just use the above code to get the value. Can some one tell me what wrong I am doing?

1 Answer 1


Your App initialization is not exactly the same than Joomla! CMS. Any minor difference can cause a condition to create a new session, instead of the reusing the original session.

Instead of trying to load the session from an external file, you can just implement a controller task inside the CMS, to avoid any risk of not loading the same session.

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