I´m specifically looking for a way to make the login session persistent so that a user is kept logged in even after closing his/her browser.

Per default the login session is always terminated whenever a user closes his/her browser.

Does anyone know how to achieve this, is there a plugin for this purpose?

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In the Joomla backend go to:

System (top menu) >> Global Configuration >> System

and you will see an option called Session Lifetime which by default is set to 15. This value defines the minutes. You can change it to whatever you wish.

Alternatively, you could use a plugin such as Session Keeper or Forever Sessions

  • Yes, I´m aware of the session lifetime settings in admin, but no matter how high you set the lifetime each time a user closes his browser the login session will terminate and the user will automatically be logged out. This is what I´m trying to avoid. Jan 25, 2015 at 18:30
  • @GeniusDesign - Ensure the Remember Me plugin is enabled, then try using one of the 3rd party plugins I've included in my answer
    – Lodder
    Jan 25, 2015 at 18:32
  • "Ensure the Remember Me plugin is enabled" I cannot find this plugin, is this a standard system plugin you are referring to? Feb 4, 2015 at 10:12
  • yes, it a default system plugin
    – Lodder
    Feb 4, 2015 at 10:13
  • Yes indeed, I´m sorry I missed it because it is translated into my native language :) It was already activated, though.. The problem is not with the session lifetime. The problem is that Joomla uses a non-perstisten cookies. Persistent cookies: cookies are stored on your computer hard disk. They stay on your hard disk and can be accessed by web servers until they are deleted or have expired. Non-persistent cookies: cookies are saved only while your web browser is running. They can be used by a web server only until you close your browser. They are not saved on your disk. Feb 4, 2015 at 10:20

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