How to install & configure Redis 6 on Rocky Linux/Centos 8

Redis is an in-memory data structure store, used as a distributed, in-memory key–value database, cache and message broker, with optional durability. Redis supports different kinds of abstract data structures, such as strings, lists, maps, sets, sorted sets, HyperLogLogs, bitmaps, streams, and spatial indices.

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to install Redis 6 on Rocky Linux/Centos 8.

# Prerequisites

To follow along, ensure that you have:

  • An updated Rocky Linux/Centos 8 server
  • Access to the Internet
  • Root access to the server or user with sudo access

# Table of Content

  1. Update Rocky Linux/Centos 8 Server
  2. Installing Redis
  3. Configuring Redis
  4. Connecting and performing basic operations in Redis
  5. Performing Redis Benchmark

# 1. Update Rocky Linux/Centos 8 Server

Before proceeding, ensure that the server is updated using this command:

sudo dnf -y update

Let us also ensure vim is installed using this command since we will use it later:

sudo dnf install -y vim

# 2. Installing redis

Redis 6 is not available in the default Rocky Linux/Centos 8 Servers. We will use remi release to install Redis module that will enable us to install redis 6.

Enable Remi repo using this command:

sudo dnf install -y

Then list redis using this:

$ sudo dnf module list redis
Last metadata expiration check: 0:02:05 ago on Fri 29 Oct 2021 08:08:41 PM UTC.
Rocky Linux 8 - AppStream
Name            Stream             Profiles             Summary
redis           5 [d]              common [d]           Redis persistent key-value database
redis           6                  common [d]           Redis persistent key-value database

Remi's Modular repository for Enterprise Linux 8 - x86_64
Name            Stream             Profiles             Summary
redis           remi-5.0           common [d]           Redis persistent key-value database
redis           remi-6.0           common [d]           Redis persistent key-value database
redis           remi-6.2           common [d]           Redis persistent key-value database

Enable redis 6.2

sudo dnf module enable redis:remi-6.2 -y

Install redis

sudo dnf install redis

Use this command to confirm the redis package installed:

$ rpm -qi redis
Name        : redis
Version     : 6.2.6
Release     : 1.el8.remi
Architecture: x86_64
Install Date: Fri 29 Oct 2021 08:14:06 PM UTC
Group       : Applications/Databases
Size        : 4522111
License     : BSD
Signature   : RSA/SHA256, Mon 04 Oct 2021 12:34:26 PM UTC, Key ID 555097595f11735a
Source RPM  : redis-6.2.6-1.el8.remi.src.rpm
Build Date  : Mon 04 Oct 2021 12:28:08 PM UTC
Build Host  :
Relocations : (not relocatable)
Packager    : Remi Collet
Vendor      : Remi's RPM repository <>
URL         :
Bug URL     :
Summary     : A persistent key-value database
Description :
Redis is an advanced key-value store. It is often referred to as a data
structure server since keys can contain strings, hashes, lists, sets and
sorted sets.

You can run atomic operations on these types, like appending to a string;
incrementing the value in a hash; pushing to a list; computing set
intersection, union and difference; or getting the member with highest
ranking in a sorted set.

In order to achieve its outstanding performance, Redis works with an
in-memory dataset. Depending on your use case, you can persist it either
by dumping the dataset to disk every once in a while, or by appending
each command to a log.

Redis also supports trivial-to-setup master-slave replication, with very
fast non-blocking first synchronization, auto-reconnection on net split
and so forth.

Other features include Transactions, Pub/Sub, Lua scripting, Keys with a
limited time-to-live, and configuration settings to make Redis behave like
a cache.

You can use Redis from most programming languages also.

Now that the service has been installed, let’s start it with this command:

sudo systemctl start redis

Enable the service so it starts on boot:

$ sudo systemctl enable redis
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/ → /usr/lib/systemd/system/redis.service.

After the service starts, use this command to check the status of the service:

$ sudo systemctl status redis
● redis.service - Redis persistent key-value database
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/redis.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
  Drop-In: /etc/systemd/system/redis.service.d
   Active: active (running) since Fri 2021-10-29 20:16:17 UTC; 25s ago
 Main PID: 62643 (redis-server)
   Status: "Ready to accept connections"
    Tasks: 5 (limit: 23168)
   Memory: 7.3M
   CGroup: /system.slice/redis.service
           └─62643 /usr/bin/redis-server

Oct 29 20:16:17 systemd[1]: Starting Redis persistent key-v>
Oct 29 20:16:17 systemd[1]: Started Redis persistent key-va>

The Active: active (running) means that the service has been started successfully.

# 3. Configuring Redis

The redis configuration file is located in this path /etc/redis/redis.conf. In this section, we are going to update the redis configuration file to allow remote access, to set an authentication password, to add a pid file and to Set Persistent Store for Recovery.

Edit redis config file using this:

sudo vim /etc/redis/redis.conf

To allow remote access to the redis instance, bind redis to using this line:


To set password in redis, use this:

requirepass j2GfJuLFR8

To add a pid file to redis:

pidfile /var/run/redis/

Set Persistent Store for Recovery by changing the appendonlyvalue to yes

appendonly yes
appendfilename "appendonly.aof"

Restart redis service to apply changes:

sudo systemctl restart redis

# 4. Connecting and performing basic operations in Redis

If you have an active firewalld service, allow port 6379

sudo firewall-cmd --add-port=6379/tcp --permanent
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Connecting to redis locally:

$ redis-cli

To authenticate:> auth j2GfJuLFR8

You should receive OK in the output. If you input a wrong password, Authentication should fail.

Check redis information.> INFO

This will output a long list of data. You can limit the output by passing Section as an argument. E.g.> INFO Server
# Server
os:Linux 4.18.0-305.3.1.el8_4.x86_64 x86_64

# 5. Performing Redis Benchmarking

Run the benchmark with 15 parallel connections, for a total of 10k requests, against local redis to test its performance.

$ redis-benchmark -h -p 6379 -n 10000 -c 15 -a j2GfJuLFR8
====== PING_INLINE ======
  10000 requests completed in 0.23 seconds
  15 parallel clients
  3 bytes payload
  keep alive: 1
  host configuration "save": 3600 1 300 100 60 10000
  host configuration "appendonly": no
  multi-thread: no

Latency by percentile distribution:
0.000% <= 0.055 milliseconds (cumulative count 2)
50.000% <= 0.127 milliseconds (cumulative count 5509)
75.000% <= 0.159 milliseconds (cumulative count 7514)


99.940% <= 0.503 milliseconds (cumulative count 9994)
100.000% <= 0.607 milliseconds (cumulative count 10000)

  throughput summary: 74074.07 requests per second
  latency summary (msec):
          avg       min       p50       p95       p99       max
        0.159     0.072     0.151     0.239     0.279     0.567

For more options and examples, use:

$ redis-benchmark --help

# Conclusion

We have managed to install and configure Redis 6 in Rocky Linux/Centos 8.

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