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Name Purpose Expires
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_hjid Help us track users who visit the website multiple times. A unique Hotjar user ID is used to link their visits together. 365 days
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Relating to the session

Name Purpose Expires
_hjSession_2424199 Holds current session data. Ensures subsequent requests in the session window are attributed to the same session. 30 minutes
_hjSessionTooLarge Causes Hotjar to stop collecting data if a session becomes too large. Per session
_hjSessionRejected If present, set to ‘1’ for the duration of a user’s session, when Hotjar has rejected the session from connecting to our WebSocket due to server overload.
Applied in extremely rare situations to prevent severe performance issues. Per session
_hjSessionResumed Set when a session/recording is reconnected to Hotjar servers after a break in connection. Per session
_hjLocalStorageTest Used to check if the Hotjar tracking script can use local browser storage Per session
_hjIncludedInPageviewSample Set to determine if a user is included in the data sampling defined by your site’s pageview limit. 30 minutes
_hjIncludedInSessionSample Set to determine if a user is included in the data sampling defined by your site’s daily session limit. 30 minutes
_hjAbsoluteSessionInProgress Used to detect the first pageview session of a user.
30 minutes
_hjTLDTest We try to store the _hjTLDTest cookie for different URL substring alternatives until it fails. Enables us to try to determine the most generic cookie path to use, instead of page hostname. It means that cookies can be shared across subdomains (where applicable). After this check, the cookie is removed. Per session

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Name Purpose Expires
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Name Purpose Expires
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