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Redis 4.x Cookbook

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Redis 4.x Cookbook

Overview of this book

Redis is considered the world's most popular key-value store database. Its versatility and the wide variety of use cases it enables have made it a popular choice of database for many enterprises. Based on the latest version of Redis, this book provides both step-by-step recipes and relevant the background information required to utilize its features to the fullest. It covers everything from a basic understanding of Redis data types to advanced aspects of Redis high availability, clustering, administration, and troubleshooting. This book will be your great companion to master all aspects of Redis. The book starts off by installing and configuring Redis for you to get started with ease. Moving on, all the data types and features of Redis are introduced in detail. Next, you will learn how to develop applications with Redis in Java, Python, and the Spring Boot web framework. You will also learn replication tasks, which will help you to troubleshoot replication issues. Furthermore, you will learn the steps that need to be undertaken to ensure high availability on your cluster and during production deployment. Toward the end of the book, you will learn the topmost tasks that will help you to troubleshoot your ecosystem efficiently, along with extending Redis by using different modules.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Title Page
Packt Upsell
Windows Environment Setup

Understanding the Redis protocol

As we described in the previous recipe, Redis is merely a non-blocking, I/O multiplexing TCP server that accepts and processes requests from clients. In other words, in spite of the complexity within the Redis Server, you can talk to Redis over the TCP connection in various languages. The term protocol stands for the language used between a server and a client in the networking communication. As for Redis, REdis Serialization Protocol (RESP) is the protocol. In this recipe, we'll see how the RESP works in Redis.

One thing should be noted: Even at first glance, it's a little bit advanced for a beginner to go through this recipe. However, we do believe that learning the RESP, as basic knowledge, is not that difficult and it will be of benefit to you, in that understanding the various kinds of clients and proxies implemented in different programming languages will no longer be a mystery to you.

Of course, you can skip this recipe if you like and it won't bother you too much when reading the following chapters.

Getting ready…

You need an up-and-running Redis Server, as we described in the Starting and shutting down Redis recipe in this chapter.

The tool, netcat (nc) should be installed. In this recipe, we have the nc command in Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS for netcat. You can use Cygwin to install netcat if you work under Windows.

How to do it...

To understand the Redis protocol, take the following steps:

  1. Send the PING command to the Redis Server with netcat:

Instead of sending the command PING in redis-cli, let's build the command using RESP:

$ echo -e "*1\r\n\$4\r\nPING\r\n" | nc 6379


  1. Use the SET and INCR commands to set an integer and increase it by one:
$ echo -e "*3\r\n\$3\r\nset\r\n\$5\r\nmykey\r\n\$1\r\n1\r\n" | nc 6379
$ echo -e "*2\r\n\$4\r\nINCR\r\n\$5\r\nmykey\r\n" | nc 6379

You may encounter the following error when you send a non-existent command:

$ echo -e "*2\r\n\$3\r\ngot\r\n\$3\r\nfoo\r\n" | nc 6379
-ERR unknown command 'got'

Multi-commands can be combined and sent to the Redis Server in a single network transmission:

$ echo -e "*3\r\n\$3\r\nset\r\n\$3\r\nfoo\r\n\$3\r\nbar\r\n*2\r\n\$3\r\nget\r\n\$3\r\nfoo\r\n" | nc 6379

How it works...

There is a big chance that you will go through these commands in tremendous confusion. As we stated in the Getting ready section in this recipe, these commands are the language in which the Redis Server and client talk to each other. It's easy for you to learn them in that there are only five types in RESP.

Let's take a look at each command.

First, we sent *1\r\n\$4\r\nPING\r\n to the Redis Server. The command begins with an asterisk indicating this is an arrays type.

Look at the following:

  • 1 stands for the size of this array.
  • \r\n (CRLF) is the terminator of each part in RESP.
  • The backslash before $4 is the escape character for the $ sign. $4 tells you that the following is a bulk string type of four characters long.
  • PING is the string itself.
  • +PONG is the string the PING command returned. The plus sign tells you that it's a simple string type.

The next type we talk about is the integer type. Look at :2, which is the result returned by the INCR command. The colon before the number indicates this is an integer.

Sometimes, the server may return an error type message beginning with a minus when a non-existent command has been processed, such as the got command shown previously.

In addition, for the consideration of performance, you may send multiple commands in a single call to the Redis Server using RESP.

To sum up, the client sends commands to a Redis Server as a RESP array of bulk strings. Then the server replies with one of the five aforementioned RESP types accordingly.

See also

  • Refer to for a more detailed description of the Redis protocol.
  • Various kinds of Redis clients and proxies can be found on GitHub. For example, you can refer to for a Java Netty implementation of RESP.
  • Another example is which contains reader, writer, and server implementations for the RESP in Golang.