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<b>KeysCommand: Contents</b><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="#KEYS _pattern_">KEYS _pattern_</a><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="#Return value">Return value</a>
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&iuml;&raquo;&iquest;#sidebar <a href="GenericCommandsSidebar.html">GenericCommandsSidebar</a><h1><a name="KEYS _pattern_">KEYS _pattern_</a></h1>
<i>Time complexity: O(n) (with n being the number of keys in the DB, and assuming keys and pattern of limited length)</i><blockquote>Returns all the keys matching the glob-style <i>pattern</i> asspace separated strings. For example if you have in thedatabase the keys &quot;foo&quot; and &quot;foobar&quot; the command &quot;KEYS foo<code name="code" class="python">*</code>&quot;will return &quot;foo foobar&quot;.</blockquote>
<blockquote>Note that while the time complexity for this operation is O(n)the constant times are pretty low. For example Redis runningon an entry level laptop can scan a 1 million keys databasein 40 milliseconds. <b>Still it's better to consider this one of
<blockquote>the slow commands that may ruin the DB performance if not usedwith care*.</blockquote>
<blockquote>In other words this command is intended only for debugging and *special* operations like creating a script to change the DB schema. Don't use it in your normal code. Use Redis <a href="Sets.html">Sets</a> in order to group together a subset of objects.</blockquote>
Glob style patterns examples:
<blockquote>* h?llo will match hello hallo hhllo* h*llo will match hllo heeeello* h<code name="code" class="python">[</code>ae<code name="code" class="python">]</code>llo will match hello and hallo, but not hillo</blockquote>Use \ to escape special chars if you want to match them verbatim.<h2><a name="Return value">Return value</a></h2><a href="ReplyTypes.html">Bulk reply</a>, specifically a string in the form of space separated list of keys. Note that most client libraries will return an Array of keys and not a single string with space separated keys (that is, split by &quot; &quot; is performed in the client library usually).</b></blockquote>
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