(Last Updated On: December 4, 2018)

In this tutorial, we will cover step by step ways to install Redis on CentOS 7. Redis is an Open Source in-memory data structure store. Redis can be used as a database server, as a message broker or for caching data in memory for faster retrieval.  Among the data structures supported by Redis are:

  • Hashes
  • sets with range queries
  • Strings
  • sorted lists
  • Hyperloglogs
  • Bitmaps
  • Geospatial indexes e.t.c

How to Install Redis on CentOS 7

In this section, we will look at how to install the latest release of Redis on CentOS 7.

Step 1: Update your CentOS 7

Ensure your system is updated before installing Redis

sudo yum -y update

Step 2: Install Redis on CentOS 7

Redis package is available on the EPEL repository. Add the repo and install Redis on CentOS 7:

sudo yum -y install epel-release
sudo yum -y install redis

Step 3: Start Redis Service on CentOS 7

Redis service can be started on CentOS 7 using systemd service manager. Also, enable the service to start on system boot.

sudo systemctl enable --now redis

Step 4: Enable network Listen for Redis Service

For network clients to connect to your Redis server, it needs the service to listen on a network IP Address.

Open the file /etc/redis.conf with your favorite text editor

sudo vim /etc/redis.conf

Then change line 61 bind to below:


Configure Redis Authentication – (Optional but recommended)

Configure Redis Authentication for clients to require AUTH <PASSWORD> before processing any other commands.

requirepass  <AuthPassword>


requirepass oobaiY8

Set Persistent Store for Recovery

Set persistence mode by changing the appendonlyvalue to yes

appendonly yes
appendfilename "appendonly.aof"

Restart redis service after making the changes

sudo systemctl restart redis

Check redis service status:

$ sudo systemctl status  redis
● redis.service - Redis persistent key-value database
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/redis.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
  Drop-In: /etc/systemd/system/redis.service.d
   Active: active (running) since Tue 2018-12-04 15:23:08 UTC; 3s ago
  Process: 3625 ExecStop=/usr/libexec/redis-shutdown (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
 Main PID: 3640 (redis-server)
   CGroup: /system.slice/redis.service
           └─3640 /usr/bin/redis-server

Dec 04 15:23:08 cent-01 systemd[1]: Starting Redis persistent key-value database...
Dec 04 15:23:08 cent-01 systemd[1]: Started Redis persistent key-value database.

You can view the port and IP used by Redis service using the sscommand:

$ sudo ss -tunelp | grep 6379
tcp LISTEN 0 128 *:6379  *:*  users:(("redis-server",pid=28163,fd=4)) uid:995 ino:305

If you have an active firewalld service, allow port 6379

sudo firewall-cmd --add-port=6379/tcp --permanenent
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Step 5: Test connection to Redis Server

Confirm that you can connect to redis locally:

$ redis-cli>

Test authenticate:> AUTH <AuthPassword>

You should receive OK in the output. If you input a wrong password, Authentication should fail:> AUTH WrongPassword
(error) ERR invalid password

Check redis information.>  INFO

This will output a long list of data. You can limit the output by passing Section as an argument. E.g.> INFO Server
# Server
os:Linux 3.10.0-862.14.4.el7.x86_64 x86_64

Step 6: Perform Redis Benchmarking

Run the benchmark with 15 parallel connections, for a total of 10k requests, against local redis to test its performance.

$ redis-benchmark -h -p 6379 -n 10000 -c 15

# Sample output
====== LRANGE_600 (first 600 elements) ======
  10000 requests completed in 0.15 seconds
  15 parallel clients
  3 bytes payload
  keep alive: 1

100.00% <= 0 milliseconds
67114.09 requests per second

====== MSET (10 keys) ======
  10000 requests completed in 0.15 seconds
  15 parallel clients
  3 bytes payload
  keep alive: 1

100.00% <= 0 milliseconds
66666.66 requests per second

For more options and examples, use:

$ redis-benchmark --help

You have successfully installed Redis on CentOS 7. Our next guide will be on cluster installation of Redis on CentOS 7.