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Set Key Expiration - Unix Time


This operation relies on the Unix time, which is the number of seconds elapsed since 1970-01-01 00:00:00 UTC till the present moment. The number of seconds must be passed to the operation in the Unix time format to set the timeout, for instance: the Unix time for October 20, 2022 is 1666213200 seconds. When a timeout is set for a key, the system deletes the key at the specified time. Note that all keys are created without timeouts by default. This operation provides a way to set an absolute timeout value as a timestamp.


Backendless.Hive(hiveName).[bucketType](keyName).expireAt(timestamp): Promise<void>;


Argument                Description
hiveName Name of a hive where the operation is performed. String value.
[bucketType] This placeholder must be substituted with one of the following stores types: KeyValueStore, ListStore, MapStore, SetStore, SortedSetStore.
keyName Key name to set the expiration timeout for. String value.
timestamp A Unix timestamp identifying a moment in time when the key-value pair must expire and be subsequently removed from the store. Integer value.

Return Value


If the specified key does not exist, returns the following Backendless error:

    "code": 27003,  
    "message": "no such key",  
    "errorData": {}  


The example below sets a timeout for the 'fruits' key:

await Backendless.Hive('groceryStore').ListStore('fruits').expireAt(1684000000)


Argument                Description
'groceryStore' Name of a hive where the operation is performed.
'fruits' Key name to set a timeout for.

Codeless Reference



Argument                Description
hive name Name of a hive where the operation is performed.
type Storage type, can be one of the following: Key / Value, Sorted Set, Set, Map, List.
key name Key name to set a timeout for.
expire Expiration timeout type. Can be set to seconds after or on timestamp/date.

The after seconds identifies the number of seconds until the key expires.

The timestamp identifies a Unix timestamp/date when the key must expire. This option expects the number of seconds in the Unix format representing the exact date and time set for the key expiration.

Consider the following Key Value storage:


The example below sets an expiration timeout on the "Japan" key, then the key gets deleted from the store at the 1684000000  Unix time: