How to Use Redis With Python

This article will explore how to connect and use Redis with Python.

Redis is a open-source, in-memory database storing data as key-value pairs. It is a popular choice as a caching mechanism or a message broker.

Redis can perform swift and memory-efficient operations with minimal configurations when paired with a language like Python.


This article assumes you have the latest version of the Redis server, and Python 3 is installed and configured on your system.

We also assume basic Python and Redis knowledge.

Installing Redis-Py

To connect and use Redis with Python, we need a Python-Redis client. For this process, we will opt for redis-py as it is easy to use and configure.

You can check other python-redis clients on the resource page below:

To install, open the terminal and run the following command:

$ pip3 install redis

The previous command should download and install the Redis-py client.

Connecting to Redis

The next step is to connect to our Redis server. Start by creating a working directory as:

$ mkdir redis-python
$ cd redis-python

Create a Python file and give it any name you see fit.

$ touch

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

import redis
r = redis.Redis(

In the previous example code, we start by importing the Redis module.

Next, we create a new Redis client using the redis.Redis method. Then, we pass the parameters to connect to the Redis server.

NOTE: Ensure to replace the host, port, and password with the details for your Redis server.

To test the server is running, add the following:

    print("Connection failed!")

Redis Set Key-Value Pairs

Once you are connected, you can perform all supported operations on the Redis server. For simplicity, let us set a new key-value pair.

We can run the code as:

# set key-value pair
r.set("mykey", "myvalue")

The set function takes key and value as arguments and adds them to the database.

Redis Get Key-Value Pairs

To get the value associated with a specific key, use the get method as shown below:

# get value

The previous code should return:


Python Redis SETEX

We can also set a key and value pair that expires at a specific duration. To do this, we can use the SETEX function as shown below:

# set with expiry
r.setex("another-key", 60, "another-value")

Here, we set a new key and value that expires in 60 seconds.

To check the TTL, we can do the following:


This should return how many seconds the key has to live.

Redis Python Switch Database

To switch Redis databases in Python, use the select function as:

# switch db

The previous command should switch to the database at index 10.


This guide covered the basics of connecting and using Redis with Python through the Redis set key-value pairs and the Python Redis SETEX. We hope you found this article helpful. Check the other Linux Hint articles for tips and tutorials.

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