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About Redis

Redis basics and MacOS installation.


Redis is:

  • open source (BSD licensed)
  • in-memory data store
  • available for most platforms (client and server)

Redis can be used as:

  • database
  • cache
  • message broker

Redis features:

  • data structures such as strings, hashes, lists, sets, sorted sets
  • built-in replication
  • Lua scripting
  • LRU eviction
  • transactions
  • configurable levels of on-disk persistence

MacOS Installation with Brew

Installing with brew and the redis Homebrew formula:

$ brew install redis
$ brew info redis
redis: stable 5.0.7 (bottled), HEAD
Persistent key-value database, with built-in net interface
/usr/local/Cellar/redis/5.0.7 (13 files, 3.1MB) *
  Poured from bottle on 2020-01-09 at 10:07:22
==> Options
  Install HEAD version
==> Caveats
To restart redis after an upgrade:
  brew services restart redis
Or, if you don't want/need a background service you can just run:
  redis-server /usr/local/etc/redis.conf
==> Analytics
install: 44,051 (30 days), 109,494 (90 days), 482,890 (365 days)
install-on-request: 41,744 (30 days), 104,199 (90 days), 454,052 (365 days)
build-error: 0 (30 days)

Testing with the CLI tools

Although one is normally interacting with redis using language specific clients, the redis-cli is a useful utility for the command line.

The ping command is used to test the ability to connect to a redis server:

$ redis-cli -v
redis-cli 5.0.7
$ redis-cli ping
$ redis-cli -h -p 6379 ping

Credits and References

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