Install Redis on Linux Mint

Redis is an open-source, in-memory data structure solution. It’s a high-speed non-relational database that supports mapping keys to different types of values. Thanks to its high-performance storage, Redis is suitable for numerous applications, for example, caching & session storage.”

In this guide, we will explore installing Redis on Linux Mint.

Redis on Linux Mint

Linux Mint is one of the most popular Linux distros that focuses on being simple and user-friendly. Because it’s based on Ubuntu, Linux Mint takes advantage of the Ubuntu repositories for its packages. Learn more about Linux Mint.

This offers two different options when it comes to installing Redis:

Installing Redis From the Ubuntu Repo

This is the easiest way of installing Redis. All we have to do is to tell the package manager (APT) to install the Redis package (redis-server).

The command is as follows:

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install redis-server -y

If you prefer to use GUI, then you can also install Redis from Software Manager.

Installing Redis From the Redis Repo

Ubuntu releases package updates after rigorous testing (stability, bugs, and others). In many situations, this adds additional delays before the latest version of the package is available from the repo.

To avoid this release delay, many developers offer third-party repos. In the case of Redis, there’s a dedicated PPA available (ppa:redislab/redis). Run the following command to add the repo:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:redislabs/redis

Update the APT cache and install Redis:

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install redis-server -y

If you added the Redis PPA, then Software Manager should also pick it up.

Installing Redis Snap

Redis is also available as a snap package on Snapcraft.

This method comes with a couple of advantages:

  • No need to worry about having the latest version of Redis. Snappy (the snap package manager) keeps installed snaps updated.
  • No need to configure additional repositories.

Snap comes pre-installed on Linux Mint. Refer to the official documentation if you need help installing snap on Linux Mint.

The following command will install the Redis snap package:

$ sudo snap install redis

Building and Installing Redis From Source

Redis is open-source software. The source code is available under the BSD license. We can compile and install Redis from the source code with the right tools.

However, this approach comes with some downsides. You have to manage the installation manually. It’s only recommended for developers and advanced users.

First, install the necessary tools and libraries needed to compile the source code:

$ sudo apt install build-essential

Grab the source code of the latest stable release:

$ wget

Extract the TAR.GZ archive:

$ tar -xvf redis-stable.tar.gz

Compile the source code:

$ cd redis-stable/

$ make -j$(nproc)

The following command will run some tests to verify if the compilation was successful. Note that the test requires an additional dependency (tcl).

$ make test

If the testing went successful, we can now install it. Run the following command:

$ sudo make install

If you decide to uninstall this installation, use the following command:

$ sudo make uninstall

Configuring Redis

Before we start using Redis, there are some configurations that need to be done.

We want systemd to manage the Redis service. It requires some tweaking in the Redis configuration file (redis.conf). If you installed Redis from the source, then redis.conf will be located in the source directory. Otherwise, it will be located at the following location:

$ sudo nano /etc/redis/redis.conf

Change the value of the directive supervised to systemd:

$ supervised systemd

Save the file and close the editor. Restart the Redis service to take the change into effect:

$ sudo systemctl restart redis.service

Finally, check the Redis service status:

$ sudo systemctl status redis.service

Verifying Redis Installation

This step will perform some basic Redis tasks to verify if the installation procedure was successful.

Launch the interactive Redis shell:

$ redis-cli

Use the PING command to test the server connection:


Next, we need to test if Redis can store key-value pairs. We will register a key test with the value “the quick brown fox”:

$ SET test "the quick brown fox"

Try retrieving the value of the key:

$ GET test

Final Thoughts

This guide explored multiple ways of installing Redis on Linux Mint from different sources. While it’s directly available from the official package repo, Redis also has a dedicated PPA. Alternatively, we can also install and use Redis as a snap package. For advanced users and developers, Redis can also be installed from the source code.

Interested in learning more about Redis? Check out the Redis sub-category for more Redis guides, for example, using the Redis CLI, Redis with LUA scripting, partitioning, etc.

Happy computing!

About the author

Sidratul Muntaha

Student of CSE. I love Linux and playing with tech and gadgets. I use both Ubuntu and Linux Mint.