Setting up Redis replication

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I created 2 ubuntu server virtual machines. The goal of this post is to install Redis on both of them and set up a master-slave replication configuration. Redis is an open source, BSD licensed, advanced key-value cache and store.

To start, follow these steps:

  • Install redis-server on both VMs
  • To test if current setup is working, run redis-cli
  • Then run ´SET keyname “fido”´ this will set a new key and its value
  • To retrieve a keu value, run GET keyname, and the result should be “fido”

Configuring Redis

Now that we know Redis is working, let’s continue configuring Redis. Configuration file is located at /etc/redis/redis.conf.

To make redis-server connectable from the outside you need to open redis.conf and find the place where a bind declaration is set. Remove or comment it out. If there is no bind statements, then all network interfaces will be listened for incoming connections. Save the file, close it and restart redis-server.

$ service redis-server restart

Making an instance of Redis a slave

Open the configuration file for Redis slave instance and add the following line

slaveof 6379

Default configuration should already contain a section for slaves which is commented out. Change the IP and port number to Redis master server IP and port and then restart the slave instance.

$ service redis-server restart

Redis logs

To see if the configuration is working, check Redis logs. They can be found at /var/log/redis/. If everything succeeded, then you shoud see something like the following in your logs:

MASTER <-> SLAVE sync started: SYNC sent...

If you see “unable to connect to master”, then make sure you can ping the master server.

$ redis-cli -h <master-host-or-ip> ping

The result should be: PONG. If ping is unsuccessful, then check if master Redis server is running and it is listening on the correct network interface.


On the master server, set a new value. On the slave server, get the same value with the same key.


$ SET myValue "foo"


$ GET myValue

And you should see “foo” as the result.

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