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Programming language: Erlang
License: MIT License
Tags: ORM And Datamapping     Redis    
Latest version: v1.2.0

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Non-blocking Redis client with focus on performance and robustness.

Supported Redis features:

  • Any command, through eredis:q/2
  • Transactions
  • Pipelining
  • Authentication & multiple dbs
  • Pubsub


If you have Redis running on localhost, with default settings, you may copy and paste the following into a shell to try out Eredis:

git clone git://github.com/wooga/eredis.git
cd eredis
./rebar compile
erl -pa ebin/
{ok, C} = eredis:start_link().
{ok, <<"OK">>} = eredis:q(C, ["SET", "foo", "bar"]).
{ok, <<"bar">>} = eredis:q(C, ["GET", "foo"]).

To connect to a Redis instance listening on a Unix domain socket:

{ok, C1} = eredis:start_link({local, "/var/run/redis.sock"}, 0).


KeyValuePairs = ["key1", "value1", "key2", "value2", "key3", "value3"].
{ok, <<"OK">>} = eredis:q(C, ["MSET" | KeyValuePairs]).
{ok, Values} = eredis:q(C, ["MGET" | ["key1", "key2", "key3"]]).


HashObj = ["id", "objectId", "message", "message", "receiver", "receiver", "status", "read"].
eredis:q(C, ["HMSET", "key" | HashObj]).
{ok, Values} = eredis:q(C, ["HGETALL", "key"]).


eredis:q(C, ["LPUSH", "keylist", "value"]).
eredis:q(C, ["RPUSH", "keylist", "value"]).
eredis:q(C, ["LRANGE", "keylist",0,-1]).


{ok, <<"OK">>} = eredis:q(C, ["MULTI"]).
{ok, <<"QUEUED">>} = eredis:q(C, ["SET", "foo", "bar"]).
{ok, <<"QUEUED">>} = eredis:q(C, ["SET", "bar", "baz"]).
{ok, [<<"OK">>, <<"OK">>]} = eredis:q(C, ["EXEC"]).


P1 = [["SET", a, "1"],
      ["LPUSH", b, "3"],
      ["LPUSH", b, "2"]].
[{ok, <<"OK">>}, {ok, <<"1">>}, {ok, <<"2">>}] = eredis:qp(C, P1).


1> eredis_sub:sub_example().
received {subscribed,<<"foo">>,<0.34.0>}
2> eredis_sub:pub_example().
received {message,<<"foo">>,<<"bar">>,<0.34.0>}

Pattern Subscribe:

1> eredis_sub:psub_example(). 
received {subscribed,<<"foo*">>,<0.33.0>}
2> eredis_sub:ppub_example().
received {pmessage,<<"foo*">>,<<"foo123">>,<<"bar">>,<0.33.0>}

EUnit tests:

./rebar eunit


Eredis has one main function to interact with redis, which is eredis:q(Client::pid(), Command::iolist()). The response will either be {ok, Value::binary() | [binary()]} or {error, Message::binary()}. The value is always the exact value returned by Redis, without any type conversion. If Redis returns a list of values, this list is returned in the exact same order without any type conversion.

To send multiple requests to redis in a batch, aka. pipelining requests, you may use eredis:qp(Client::pid(), [Command::iolist()]). This function returns {ok, [Value::binary()]} where the values are the redis responses in the same order as the commands you provided.

To start the client, use any of the eredis:start_link/0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7 functions. They all include sensible defaults. start_link/7 takes the following arguments:

  • Host, dns name or ip adress as string; or unix domain socket as {local, Path} (available in OTP 19+)
  • Port, integer, default is 6379
  • Database, integer or 0 for default database
  • Password, string or empty string([]) for no password
  • Reconnect sleep, integer of milliseconds to sleep between reconnect attempts
  • Connect timeout, timeout value in milliseconds to use in gen_tcp:connect, default is 5000
  • Socket options, proplist of options to be sent to gen_tcp:connect, default is ?SOCKET_OPTS

Reconnecting on Redis down / network failure / timeout / etc

When Eredis for some reason looses the connection to Redis, Eredis will keep trying to reconnect until a connection is successfully established, which includes the AUTH and SELECT calls. The sleep time between attempts to reconnect can be set in the eredis:start_link/5 call.

As long as the connection is down, Eredis will respond to any request immediately with {error, no_connection} without actually trying to connect. This serves as a kind of circuit breaker and prevents a stampede of clients just waiting for a failed connection attempt or gen_server:call timeout.

Note: If Eredis is starting up and cannot connect, it will fail immediately with {connection_error, Reason}.


Thanks to Dave Peticolas (jdavisp3), eredis supports pubsub. eredis_sub offers a separate client that will forward channel messages from Redis to an Erlang process in a "active-once" pattern similar to gen_tcp sockets. After every message sent, the controlling process must acknowledge receipt using eredis_sub:ack_message/1.

If the controlling process does not process messages fast enough, eredis will queue the messages up to a certain queue size controlled by configuration. When the max size is reached, eredis will either drop messages or crash, also based on configuration.

Subscriptions are managed using eredis_sub:subscribe/2 and eredis_sub:unsubscribe/2. When Redis acknowledges the change in subscription, a message is sent to the controlling process for each channel.

eredis also supports Pattern Subscribe using eredis_sub:psubscribe/2 and eredis_sub:unsubscribe/2. As with normal subscriptions, a message is sent to the controlling process for each channel.

As of v1.0.7 the controlling process will be notified in case of reconnection attempts or failures. See test/eredis_sub_tests for details.


Eredis also implements the AUTH and SELECT calls for you. When the client is started with something else than default values for password and database, it will issue the AUTH and SELECT commands appropriately, even when reconnecting after a timeout.


Using basho_bench(https://github.com/basho/basho_bench/) you may benchmark Eredis on your own hardware using the provided config and driver. See priv/basho_bench_driver_eredis.config and src/basho_bench_driver_eredis.erl.


Eredis uses the same queueing mechanism as Erldis. eredis:q/2 uses gen_server:call/2 to do a blocking call to the client gen_server. The client will immediately send the request to Redis, add the caller to the queue and reply with noreply. This frees the gen_server up to accept new requests and parse responses as they come on the socket.

When data is received on the socket, we call eredis_parser:parse/2 until it returns a value, we then use gen_server:reply/2 to reply to the first process waiting in the queue.

This queueing mechanism works because Redis guarantees that the response will be in the same order as the requests.

Response parsing

The response parser is the biggest difference between Eredis and other libraries like Erldis, redis-erl and redis_pool. The common approach is to either directly block or use active once to get the first part of the response, then repeatedly use gen_tcp:recv/2 to get more data when needed. Profiling identified this as a bottleneck, in particular for MGET and HMGET.

To be as fast as possible, Eredis takes a different approach. The socket is always set to active once, which will let us receive data fast without blocking the gen_server. The tradeoff is that we must parse partial responses, which makes the parser more complex.

In order to make multibulk responses more efficient, the parser will parse all data available and continue where it left off when more data is available.

Future improvements

When the parser is accumulating data, a new binary is generated for every call to parse/2. This might create binaries that will be reference counted. This could be improved by replacing it with an iolist.

When parsing bulk replies, the parser knows the size of the bulk. If the bulk is big and would come in many chunks, this could improved by having the client explicitly use gen_tcp:recv/2 to fetch the entire bulk at once.


Although this project is almost a complete rewrite, many patterns are the same as you find in Erldis, most notably the queueing of requests.

create_multibulk/1 and to_binary/1 were taken verbatim from Erldis.