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Redis is an open source key-value store that functions as a data structure server.
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Maestrano Redis

Docker image for Redis with support for authentication and replication

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What is Redis?

Redis is an open-source, networked, in-memory, key-value data store with optional durability. It is written in ANSI C. The development of Redis has been sponsored by Pivotal since May 2013; before that, it was sponsored by VMware. According to the monthly ranking by, Redis is the most popular key-value store. The name Redis means REmote DIctionary Server.

How to use this image

start a redis instance

$ docker run --name some-redis -d maestrano/redis

This image includes EXPOSE 6379 (the redis port), so standard container linking will make it automatically available to the linked containers (as the following examples illustrate).

start with persistent storage

$ docker run --name some-redis -d maestrano/redis redis-server --appendonly yes

If persistence is enabled, data is stored in the VOLUME /data, which can be used with --volumes-from some-volume-container or -v /docker/host/dir:/data (see docs.docker volumes).

For more about Redis Persistence, see

connect to it from an application

$ docker run --name some-app --link some-redis:maestrano/redis -d application-that-uses-redis

... or via redis-cli

$ docker run -it --link some-redis:redis --rm maestrano/redis redis-cli -h redis -p 6379

Environment Variables


Specify authentication password for connecting to redis (set requirepass directive in redis conf). Setting this environment variable will require clients to issue AUTH <PASSWORD> before processing any other commands.

Warning: since Redis is pretty fast an outside user can try up to 150k passwords per second against a good box. This means that you should
use a very strong password otherwise it will be very easy to break.


Specify a redis master to replicate data from. Format must follow <host>:<port>. If a REDIS_PASS is specified then this pass will be used to set the master-slave replication.


# Container setup
HOST_PUB_IP=`ifconfig | grep en0 -A 5 | grep "inet " | cut -d' ' -f2`

docker run -d -p $PORT_NODE_1:6379 \
  -e REDIS_PASS=somepass \
  --name r1 \

docker run -d -p $PORT_NODE_2:6379 \
  -e REDIS_PASS=somepass \
  --name r2 \

# Set key
while true; do
  key=$(openssl rand -base64 16)
  redis-cli -h $HOST_PUB_IP -p $PORT_NODE_1 -a somepass set $key somevalue

# Count keys
redis-cli -h $HOST_PUB_IP -p $PORT_NODE_1 -a somepass info | grep 'db0' | cut -d',' -f1 | cut -d'=' -f2
redis-cli -h $HOST_PUB_IP -p $PORT_NODE_2 -a somepass info | grep 'db0' | cut -d',' -f1 | cut -d'=' -f2


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Supported Docker versions

This image is officially supported on Docker version 1.11.2.

Support for older versions (down to 1.6) is provided on a best-effort basis.

Please see the Docker installation documentation for details on how to upgrade your Docker daemon.

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