Abp Session


    If an application requires login, it also needs to know the current user performing operations. While ASP.NET itself provides Session objects in the presentation layer, ASP.NET Boilerplate provides IAbpSession interface to obtain current user and tenant without using ASP.NET's Session.

    About IAbpSession

    IAbpSession interface must be implemented in order to get actual session informations. While you can implement it in your own way, it's fully implemented in module-zero project.

    IAbpSession is also fully integrated and used by other structures in ASP.NET Boilerplate (setting system and authorization system for instance).

    Injecting Session

    IAbpSession is generally property injected to needed classes unless it's not possible to work without session informations. If we use property injection, we can use NullAbpSession.Instance as default value as shown below:

    public class MyClass : ITransientDependency
        public IAbpSession AbpSession { get; set; }
        public MyClass()
            AbpSession = NullAbpSession.Instance;
        public void MyMethod()
            var currentUserId = AbpSession.UserId;

    Since authentication/authorization is an application layer task, it's adviced to use IAbpSession in application layer and upper layers (we don't use it in domain layer normally). ApplicationService, AbpController, AbpApiController and some other base classes has AbpSession already injected. So, you can directly use AbpSession property in an application service method for instance.

    Session Properties

    AbpSession defines a few key properties:

    • UserId: Id of the current user or null if there is no current user. It can not be null if the calling code is authorized.
    • TenantId: Id of the current tenant or null if there is no current tenant (in case of user has not logged in or he is a host user).
    • ImpersonatorUserId: Id of the impersonator user if current session is impersonated by another user. It's null if this is not an impersonated login.
    • ImpersonatorTenantId: Id of the impersonator user's tenant, if current session is impersonated by another user. It's null if this is not an impersonated login.
    • MultiTenancySide: It may be Host or Tenant.

    UserId and TenantId is nullable. There is also non-nullable GetUserId() and GetTenantId() methods. If you're sure there is a current user, you can call GetUserId(). If current user is null, this method throws exception. GetTenantId() is also similar.

    Impersonator properties are not common as other properties and generally used for audit logging purposes.

    User Identifier

    You can use .ToUserIdentifier() extension method to create a UserIdentifier object from IAbpSession. Since UserIdentifier is used in most API, this will simplify to create a UserIdentifier for current user.