Install Redis on Ubuntu


Redis is an open-source, networked, in-memory, key-value data store with optional durability. It is written in ANSI C. 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, Redis is the most popular key-value store. The name Redis means REmote DIctionary Server.

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Before you install redis, there are a couple of prerequisites that need to be downloaded to make the installation as easy as possible.

Start off by updating all of the apt-get packages:

$ sudo apt-get update

Once the process finishes, download a compiler with build essential which will help us install Redis from source:

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential

Finally, we need to download tcl:

$ sudo apt-get install tcl8.6

Installing Redis

With all of the prerequisites and dependencies downloaded to the server, we can go ahead and begin to install redis from source:

Download the tarball from google code. The latest stable version is 2.8.13.

$ wget

Untar it and switch into that directory:

$ tar xzf redis-2.8.13.tar.gz
$ cd redis-2.8.13

Proceed to with the make command:

$ make

Run the recommended make test:

$ make test

Finish up by running make install, which installs the program system-wide.

$ sudo make install

Once the program has been installed, Redis comes with a built in script that sets up Redis to run as a background daemon.

To access the script move into the utils directory:

$ cd utils

From there, run the Ubuntu/Debian install script:

$ sudo ./

As the script runs, you can choose the default options by pressing enter. Once the script completes, the redis-server will be running in the background.

You can start and stop redis with these commands (the number depends on the port you set during the installation. 6379 is the default port setting):

$ sudo service redis_6379 start
$ sudo service redis_6379 stop

You can then access the redis database by typing the following command:

$ redis-cli

You now have Redis installed and running. The prompt will look like this:

$ redis>

To set Redis to automatically start at boot, run:

$ sudo update-rc.d redis_6379 defaults
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