Redis is open source software used as a database and cache that sits in memory, allowing for exceptional performance. When you’re ready to give this lightning fast program a try, the developers recommend installing Redis on a Linux system, and what better candidate than Ubuntu Linux?
In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the step by step instructions of installing Redis (both server and client) on Ubuntu. Then, we’ll verify that it’s connectable and configure the UFW firewall to allow incoming connections.
In this tutorial you will learn:
- How to install Redis Server and Client on Ubuntu Linux
- How to perform a connection test and configure UFW to allow Redis
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Install Redis Client on Ubuntu
The first thing we need to do is install Redis by opening a command line terminal and typing the following command.
If you are only using your machine to connect to Redis (hosted elsewhere), you’ll only need to install the Redis client. Use this command:
$ sudo apt install redis-tools
Once it’s been installed, you’ll be able to use the
redis-cli command to open a Redis terminal to a remote server. For example, this would be the command used to connect to a Redis server with hostname
redis-ubuntu. Notice we also use the ping command to verify connectivity.
$ redis-cli -h redis-ubuntu redis-ubuntu:6379> ping PONG redis-ubuntu:6379>
If the Redis server isn’t using the default port, you can specify a port in your
redis-cli command with the
-p option, like so:
$ redis-cli -h redis-ubuntu -p 1234
In case you’re getting a “connection refused” error message, we’ll give you some troubleshooting tips further into this article.
Could not connect to Redis at redis-ubuntu:6379: Connection refused
Install Redis Server on Ubuntu
If you’re planning to host a Redis server, you’ll need the server package. This will also automatically install the Redis client package. Use this command in terminal:
$ sudo apt install redis-server
You can verify that Redis is installed on a system and check the installed version with the following command:
$ redis-server -v Redis server v=5.0.7 sha=00000000:0 malloc=jemalloc-5.2.1 bits=64 build=636cde3b5c7a3923
Furthermore, you can use the ss command to confirm that Redis is listening for incoming connection on its default port of
$ ss -nlt State Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address:Port Peer Address:Port Process LISTEN 0 5 127.0.0.1:631 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 0 511 127.0.0.1:6379 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 0 4096 127.0.0.53%lo:53 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 0 5 [::1]:631 [::]:* LISTEN 0 511 [::1]:6379 [::]:*
By default, the Redis server will start automatically when your system is rebooted. You can change this behavior by using systemd’s systemctl command. You can also use it to check the current status of Redis.
$ sudo systemctl disable redis-server #disable Redis from starting up automatically $ sudo systemctl enable redis-server #enable Redis to start up automatically $ systemctl status redis-server #check the current status of Redis server
By default, the Redis server will only listen on local loopback interface
127.0.0.1, meaning that it doesn’t accept remote connections. You can configure Redis to listen on a different network interface, or all network interfaces, by opening the Redis conf file with nano or your favorite text editor:
$ sudo nano /etc/redis/redis.conf
To let Redis listen on all network interfaces, just comment the following line by inserting a preceding
bind 127.0.0.1 ::1
There’s one other line we’ll need to change if we want Redis to accept remote connections. Find the
protected-mode part of the config file and change it to this:
FROM: protected-mode yes TO: protected-mode no
Save your changes to this file and close it. Be sure to restart Redis for the changes to take effect:
$ sudo systemctl restart redis-server
You should now see that Redis is listening on
0.0.0.0, which represents all network interfaces.
$ ss -nlt State Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address:Port Peer Address:Port Process LISTEN 0 5 127.0.0.1:631 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 0 511 0.0.0.0:6379 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 0 4096 127.0.0.53%lo:53 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 0 5 [::1]:631 [::]:* LISTEN 0 511 [::]:6379 [::]:*
The last thing you may need to do in order to accept incoming connections is to allow port
6379 through UFW firewall.
$ sudo ufw allow from any to any port 6379 proto tcp Rules updated Rules updated (v6)
The Redis server should now accept incoming connections.
In this guide, we learned how to install Redis client and server on Ubuntu Linux. We also saw how to configure Redis server to listen for incoming connections on all network interfaces, as well as how to make a firewall exception for Redis in UFW. You should now be able to host Redis for remote clients, or use the Redis client to connect to other servers.