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Reviewed on: 2021-01-21

session_manager is the component that runs and manages sessions. For more information on what sessions are and what roles they play in products built on Fuchsia, see Session Framework


Add the session_manager component to builds by including --with-base //src/session in the fx set invocation followed by rebuilding and re-paving the device.

Product configurations built on Session Framework (such as fx set workstation.x64) include //src/session by default.


session_manager is launched in one of two ways: manually or automatically on system boot.

In general, running manually is useful during development, while running on boot is desirable for a production configuration.

Running manually

Use the session_control tool to run a specific session. For example:

$ fx shell session_control launch fuchsia-pkg://

Running on boot

In the general case, running session_manager on boot is done in order to launch a specific session on boot. In the event you wish to run session_manager on boot without also launching a specific session, see “Alternative: run on boot without a session” below.

Create a configuration file with the URL to your session as follows:

  "session_url": "fuchsia-pkg://"

Add to your file:


session_config("your_session_config") {
  config = "path/to/config.json"

And ensure that the target :your_session_config is included in the base image (for example, using --with-base, or as a direct dependency of a product build group).

Re-build, re-pave, and restart your device and it will boot into session_manager and launch your session.

Alternative: run on boot without a session

Configure your build to also include the sysmgr configuration file session_manager.config:

$ fx set core.x64 --with-base=//src/session,//src/session/bin/session_manager:session_manager.config

Rebuild and re-pave the device and session_manager will start automatically.


Unit tests for session_manager are included in the session_manager_tests package, and integration tests are included in the session_manager_integration_tests package.

Both can be included in your build by adding --with //src/session:tests to your fx set.

$ fx test session_manager_tests
$ fx test session_manager_integration_tests

Source layout

The entrypoint for session_manager is in src/ with implementation details in other files within src/.

Unit tests are co-located with the code, while integration tests are in //src/session/tests.