Where to find complete Redis documentation?

This README is just a fast “quick start” document. You can find more detailed documentation here:

1) code.google.com/p/redis 2) Check the 'doc' directory. doc/README.html is a good starting point :)

Building Redis

It is as simple as:

% make

Redis is just a single binary, but if you want to install it you can use the “make install” target that will copy the binary to /usr/local/bin by default. You can also use “make PREFIX=/some/other/directory install” if you wish to use a different destination.

You can run a 32 bit Redis binary using:

% make 32bit

After you build Redis is a good idea to test it, using:

% make test

Buliding using tcmalloc

tcmalloc is a fast and space efficient implementation (for little objects) of malloc(). Compiling Redis with it can improve performance and memory usage. You can read more about it here:


In order to compile Redis with tcmalloc support, install tcmalloc on your system and then use:

% make USE_TCMALLOC=yes

Note that you can pass any other target to make, as long as you append USE_TCMALLOC=yes at the end.

Running Redis

To run Redis with the default configuration just type:

% cd src
% ./redis-server

If you want to provide your redis.conf, you have to run it using an additional parameter (the path of the configuration file):

% cd src
% ./redis-server /path/to/redis.conf

Playing with Redis

You can use redis-cli to play with Redis. Start a redis-server instance, then in another terminal try the following:

% cd src
% ./redis-cli
redis> ping
redis> set foo bar
redis> get foo
redis> incr mycounter
(integer) 1
redis> incr mycounter
(integer) 2

You can find the list of all the available commands here: