How to Connect Redis with C++

Redis is a free, open-source in-memory database known for powering Twitter, GitHub, StackOverflow, and many more.

This article explores in connecting and using Redis with a C++ application. This tutorial is aimed at beginners, thus provides simple, easy-to-follow guide Redis usage.


Since this tutorial is beginner friendly, first you must have a basic knowledge of working with Redis and C++.

Second, install a Redis server and C++ build tools on your system.

Installing Dependencies

To use Redis with C++, we need to install a C++ Redis client. For this tutorial, we will use redis-plus-plus client.

The first step is to update your system and install the required packages. The commands are as shown below:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade

Next, we need to install hiredis, a minimalistic C client for Redis.

Start by cloning the repository as:

$ git clone

Navigate into the directory and build the package from source:

$ cd hiredis
$ make

Install the package as:

$ sudo make install

Once installed, we can proceed and install the Redis C++ client.

Start by cloning the repository as:

$ git clone

Navigate into the directory and run the following commands to build the package.

$ cd redis-plus-plus
$ mkdir build
$ cd build

Make and install.

$ make
$ sudo make install

Once completed, we can proceed.

Connecting C++ to Redis

The first step is to connect to our Redis server. Start by creating a working directory.

$ mkdir dir redis_cpp
$ cd redis_cpp

Add the file to hold the source code for our application.

$ touch redis.cpp

Open the file with your favorite text editor and add the code as shown:

#include <sw/redis++/redis++.h>
# include <iostream>
using namespace sw::redis;
int main(void) {
    auto redis = Redis("tcp://default:password@");
    std::cout << << std::endl;

In the example above, we import the redis library to connect and perform tasks on the Redis server.

We create a redis object with the credentials to connect to the server in the main function.

If your server is not secured with a password, you can pass the URL as:

auto redis = Redis("tcp://");

Next, compile the code to test if the connection to the server is established:

$ g++ -std=c++17 -o redis redis.cpp libredis++.a /usr/local/lib/libhiredis.a -pthread

Run the program as:

$ ./redis

If the connection is successful, the command above should return PONG:

Redis Set Key-Value Pair

To add a new key-value pair to the redis database, use the set function as shown:

redis.set("key", "value");

Redis Get Value

You can also fetch the value associated with a specific key using the get method. An example code is as shown below:

    auto value = redis.get("key");
    if (value) {
        // Dereference val to get the returned value
        std::cout << *value << std::endl;

Once you compile and run the code above, you should get an output as shown:


After you have followed through all the guidelines and examples provided, you should be able to connect and use Redis with C++. This is the most basic guide that allows beginners to avoid complex Redis usage. Explore the documentation to learn more.

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