|Initial release||April 10, 2009|
|Stable release||3.0.1 / May 5, 2015|
|Written in||ANSI C|
Redis is a data structure server. It is open-source, networked, in-memory, and stores keys with optional durability. The development of Redis has been sponsored by Pivotal Software since May 2013; before that, it was sponsored by VMware. According to the monthly ranking by DB-Engines.com, Redis is the most popular key-value database. The name Redis means REmote DIctionary Server.
- Lists of strings
- Sets of strings (collections of non-repeating unsorted elements)
- Sorted sets of strings (collections of non-repeating elements ordered by a floating-point number called score)
- Hash tables where keys and values are strings
The type of a value determines what operations (called commands) are available for the value itself. Redis supports high-level, atomic, server-side operations like intersection, union, and difference between sets and sorting of lists, sets and sorted sets.
Redis typically holds the whole dataset in memory. Versions up to 2.4 could be configured to use what they refer to as virtual memory in which some of the dataset is stored on disk, but this feature is deprecated. Persistence is now reached in two different ways: one is called snapshotting, and is a semi-persistent durability mode where the dataset is asynchronously transferred from memory to disk from time to time, written in RDB dump format. Since version 1.1 the safer alternative is AOF, an append-only file (a journal) that is written as operations modifying the dataset in memory are processed. Redis is able to rewrite the append-only file in the background in order to avoid an indefinite growth of the journal.
By default, Redis syncs data to the disk at least every 2 seconds, with more or less robust options available if needed. In the case of a complete system failure on default settings, only a few seconds of data would be lost.
Redis supports master-slave replication. Data from any Redis server can replicate to any number of slaves. A slave may be a master to another slave. This allows Redis to implement a single-rooted replication tree. Redis slaves can be configured to accept writes, permitting intentional and unintentional inconsistency between instances. The Publish/Subscribe feature is fully implemented, so a client of a slave may SUBSCRIBE to a channel and receive a full feed of messages PUBLISHed to the master, anywhere up the replication tree. Replication is useful for read (but not write) scalability or data redundancy.
When the durability of data is not needed, the in-memory nature of Redis allows it to perform extremely well compared to database systems that write every change to disk before considering a transaction committed. There is no notable speed difference between write and read operations. Redis operates as a single process and single-threaded. Therefore a single Redis instance cannot utilize parallel execution of tasks e.g. stored procedures (Lua scripts).
The Redis project has a cluster specification, but the cluster feature is currently in Beta stage. According to a news post by Redis creator Sanfilippo, the first production version of Redis cluster (planned for beta release at end of 2013),[needs update?] will support automatic partitioning of the key space and hot resharding, but will support only single key operations. In future Redis Cluster is planned to support up to 1000 nodes, fault tolerance with heartbeat and failure detection, incremental versioning (“epochs”) to prevent conflicts, slave election and promotion to master, and publish/subscribe between all cluster nodes.
- An interview with Salvatore Sanfilippo, creator of Redis, working out of Sicily, January 4, 2011, by Stefano Bernardi, EU-Startups
- Pivotal People—Salvatore Sanfilippo, Inventor of Redis, July 17, 2013, By Stacey Schneider, Pivotal P.O.V.
- Redis Sponsors – Redis
- VMware: the new Redis home
- VMWare: The Console: VMware hires key developer for Redis
- DB-Engines Ranking of Key-value Stores
- "FAQ, Redis".
- Redis language bindings
- CRAN – Package rredis
- Redis documentation "Virtual Memory", redis.io, accessed January 18, 2011.
- Redis persistence demystified, 26 March 2012, antirez weblog
- ReplicationHowto – redis – A persistent key-value database with built-in net interface written in ANSI-C for Posix systems – Google Project Hosting
- Redis Cluster Specification, Redis.io, Retrieved 2013-12-25.
- Redis Cluster Tutorial, Redis.io, Retrieved 2014-06-14.
- Redis Download Page, Redis.io, Retrieved 2013-12-25.
- News about Redis: 2.8 is shaping, I'm back on Cluster, Antirez Weblog - Salvatore Sanfilippo, Retrieved 2013-12-25.
- Redis Cluster - a Pragmatic Approach to Distribution, Redis.io, Retrieved 2013-12-25.
- Jeremy Zawodny, Redis: Lightweight key/value Store That Goes the Extra Mile, Linux Magazine, August 31, 2009
- Isabel Drost and Jan Lehnard (29 October 2009), Happenings: NoSQL Conference, Berlin, The H. Slides for the Redis presentation. Summary.
- Billy Newport (IBM): "Evolving the Key/Value Programming Model to a Higher Level" Qcon Conference 2009 San Francisco.
- A Mishra: "Install and configure Redis on Centos/ Fedora server".