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redish - Pythonic Redis abstraction built on top of redis-py

Version: 0.2.0


The client

A connection to a database is represented by the redish.client.Client class:

>>> from redish.client import Client
>>> db = Client()
>>> db = Client(host="localhost", port=6379, db="") # default settings.
>>> db
<RedisClient: localhost:6379/>


Clients can be configured to automatically serialize and deserialize values. There are three serializers shipped with redish:

  • Plain

The plain serializer does not serialize values, but does still support compression using the encoding argument.

Note that this means you can only store string values in keys.


>>> from redish import serialization
>>> db = Client(serializer=serialization.Plain())
  • Pickler

Uses the pickle module to serialize Python objects. This can store any object except lambdas or objects not resolving back to a module.


>>> from redish import serialization
>>> db = Client(serializer=serialization.Pickler())
  • JSON:

Stores values in JSON format. This supports lists, dicts, strings, numbers, and floats. Complex Python objects can not be stored using JSON. The upside is that it is commonly supported by other languages and platforms.


>>> from redish import serialization
>>> db = Client(serializer=serialization.JSON())


In addition these serializers can also be configured to do compression:

# Using zlib compression
>>> db = Client(serializer=serialization.Pickler(encoding="zlib"))

Working with keys and values

Set a value:

>>> db["foo"] = {"name": "George"}

Get value by key:

>>> db["foo"]
{'name': 'George'}

Delete key:

>>> del(db["foo"])

Getting nonexistent values works like you would expect from Python dictionaries; It raises the KeyError exception:

>>> db["foo"]
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
File "redish/", line 198, in __getitem__
    raise KeyError(key)
KeyError: 'foo'

Set many keys at the same time:

>>> db.update({"name": "George Costanza",
...            "company": "Vandelay Industries"})

Get a list of keys in the database:

>>> db.keys()
['company', 'name']

Get a list of keys matching a pattern:

>>> db.keys(pattern="na*")

Rename keys:

>>> db.rename("name", "user:name")
>>> db.rename("company", "user:company")
>>> db.keys("user:*")
['user:company', 'user:name']

Get all items in the database (optionally matching a pattern) as a list of (key, value) tuples:

>>> db.items(pattern="user:*")
[('user:company', 'Vandelay Industries'), ('user:name', 'George Costanza')]

Get all values in the database (optionally where keys matches a pattern):

>>> db.values(pattern="user:*")
['Vandelay Industries', 'George Costanza']

Iterator versions of keys, values and items are also available, as iterkeys, itervalues, iteritems respectively.

Check for existence of a key in the database:

>>> "user:name" in db
>>> "user:address" in db
>>> "user:address" not in db

Get and remove key from the database (atomic operation):

>>> db.pop("user:name")
'George Costanza'
>>> "user:name" in db

Get the number of keys present in the database:

>>> len(db)


Note: Lists does not currently support storing serialized objects.

Create a new list with key mylist, and initial items:

>>> l = db.List("mylist", ["Jerry", "George"])

Get items in the list as a Python list:

>>> list(l)
['Jerry', 'George']

append adds items to the end of the list:

>>> l.append("Kramer")
>>> list(l)
['Jerry', 'George', 'Kramer']

appendleft prepends item to the head of the list:

>>> l.appendleft("Elaine")
>>> list(l)
['Elaine', 'Jerry', George', 'Kramer']

Get item at index (zero based):

>>> l[2]

Check if a value is in the list using the in operator:

>>> "George" in l

>>> "Soup-nazi" in l

pop removes and returns the last element of the list:

>>> list(l)
['Elaine', 'Jerry', 'George', 'Kramer']
>>> l.pop()
>>> list(l)
['Elaine', 'Jerry', 'George']

popleft removes and returns the head of the list:

>>> l.popleft()
>>> list(l)
['Jerry', 'George']

Get the number of items in the list:

>>> len(l)

extend adds another list to the end of the list:

>>> l.extend(["Elaine", "Kramer"])
>>> list(l)
['Jerry', 'George', 'Elaine', 'Kramer']

extendleft adds another list to the head of the list:

>>> l.extendleft(["Soup-nazi", "Art"])
>>> list(l)
['Art', 'Soup-nazi', 'Jerry', 'George', 'Elaine', 'Kramer']

Get slice of list:

>>> l[2:4]
['Jerry', 'George']

Iterate over the lists items:

>>> it = iter(l)

remove finds and removes one or more occurences of value from the list:

>>> l.remove("Soup-nazi", count=1)
>>> list(l)
['Art', 'Jerry', 'George', 'Elaine', 'Kramer']

trim trims the list to the range in start, stop:

>>> l[2:4]
['George', 'Elaine']
>>> l.trim(start=2, stop=4)
>>> list(l)
['George', 'Elaine']

Dicts (Hashes)

Create a new dictionary with initial content:

>>> d = db.Dict("mydict", {"name": "George Louis Costanza"})

Get the value of key "name":

>>> d["name"]
'George Louis Costanza'

Set store another key, "company":

>>> d["company"] = "Vandelay Industries"

Check if a key exists in the dictionary, using the in operator:

>>> "company" in d

Remove a key:

>>> del(d["company"])
>>> "company" in d

Get a copy as a Python dict:

>>> dict(d)
{'name': 'George Louis Costanza'}

update updates with the contents of a dict (x.update(y) does a merge where keys in y has precedence):

>>> d.update({"mother": "Estelle Costanza",
...           "father": "Frank Costanza"})

>>> dict(d)
{'name': 'George Louis Costanza',
 'mother': 'Estelle Costanza',
 'father': 'Frank Costanza'}

Get the number of keys in the dictionary:

>>> len(d)

keys / iterkeys gives a list of the keys in the dictionary:

>>> d.keys()
['name', 'father', 'mother']

values / itervalues gives a list of values in the dictionary:

>>> d.values()
['George Louis Costanza', 'Frank Costanza', 'Estelle Costanza']

items / iteritems gives a list of (key, value) tuples of the items in the dictionary:

>>> d.items()
[('father', 'Frank Costanza'),
 ('name', 'George Louis Costanza'),
 ('mother', 'Estelle Costanza')]

setdefault returns the value of a key if present, otherwise stores a default value:

>>> d.setdefault("company", "Vandelay Industries")
'Vandelay Industries'
>>> d["company"] = "New York Yankees"
>>> d.setdefault("company", "Vandelay Industries")
'New York Yankees'

get(key, default=None) returns the value of a key if present, otherwise returns the default value:

>>> d.get("company")
"Vandelay Industries"

>>> d.get("address")

pop removes a key and returns its value. Also supports an extra parameters, which is the default value to return if the key does not exist:

>>> d.pop("company")
'New York Yankees'
>>> d.pop("company")
Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
    File "redish/", line 373, in pop
        val = self[key]
    File "redish/", line 290, in __getitem__
        raise KeyError(key)
KeyError: 'company'

# With default value, does not raise KeyError, but returns default value.
>>> d.pop("company", None)


Create a new set with the key myset, and initial members "Jerry" and "George":

>>> s = db.Set("myset", ["Jerry", "George"])

Add member "Elaine" to the set:

>>> s.add("Elaine")

Check for membership:

>>> "Jerry" in s

>>> "Cosmo" in s:

Remove member from set:

>>> s.remove("Elaine")
>>> "Elaine" in s

Get copy of the set as a list:

>>> list(s)
['Jerry', 'George']

Create another set:

>>> s2 = x.Set("myset2", ["Jerry", "Jason", "Julia", "Michael")

Get the difference of the second set and the first:

>>> s2.difference(s)
set(['Jason', 'Michael', 'Julia'])

Get the union of the two sets:

>>> s.union(s2)
set(['Jason', 'Michael', 'Jerry', 'Julia', 'George'])

Get the intersection of the two sets:

>>> s.intersection(s2)

Update the set with the union of another:

>>> s.update(s2)
>>> s
<Set: ['Jason', 'Michael', 'Jerry', 'Julia', 'George']>

Sorted sets

Create a new sorted set with the key myzset, and initial members:

>>> z = db.SortedSet("myzset", (("foo", 0.9), ("bar", 0.1), ("baz", 0.3)))

Casting to list gives the members ordered by score:

>>> list(z)
['bar', 'baz', 'foo']

revrange sorts the members in reverse:

>>> z.revrange()
['foo', 'baz', 'bar']

score gives the current score of a member:

>>> z.score("foo")

add adds another member:

>>> z.add("zaz", 1.2)
>>> list(z)
['bar', 'baz', 'foo', 'zaz']

increment increments the score of a member by amount (or 1 by default):

>>> z.increment("baz")
>>> z.increment("bar", 0.2)
>>> list(z)
['bar', 'foo', 'zaz', 'baz']

Check for membership using the in operator:

>>> "bar" in z

>>> "xuzzy" in z

remove removes a member:

>>> z.remove("zaz")
>>> "zaz" in z

update updates the sorted set with members from an iterable of (member, score) tuples:

>>> z.update([("foo", 0.1), ("xuzzy", 0.6)])
>>> list(z)
['foo', 'bar', 'xuzzy', 'baz']

rank gives the position of a member in the set (0-based):

>>> z.rank("foo")
>>> z.rank("xuzzy")

revrank gives the position of a member in reverse order:

>>> z.revrank("foo")
>>> z.revrank("baz")

range_by_score gives all the member with score within a range (min / max):

>>> z.range_by_score(min=0.3, max=0.6)
['bar', 'xuzzy']


The proxy submodule offers a different view on the redis datastore: it exposes the strings, integers, lists, hashes, sets and sorted sets within the datastore transparently, as if they were native Python objects accessed by key on the proxy object. They do not store serialized objects as with the rest of redish. For example:

>>> from redish import proxy
>>> r = proxy.Proxy()

Key access yields an object that acts like the Python equivalent of the underlying Redis structure. That structure can be read and modified as if it is native, local object. Here, that object acts like a dict:

>>> r['mydict']
{'father': 'Frank Costanza', 'name': 'George Louis Costanza', 'mother': 'Estelle Costanza'}
>>> r['mydict']['name']
'George Louis Costanza'
>>> r['mydict']['name'] = "Georgie"
>>> r['mydict']['name']

Sometimes, it may be convenient to assign a variable to the proxy object, and use that in subsequent operations:

>>> ss = r['myset']
>>> 'George' in ss
>>> 'Ringo' in ss

The Proxy object is a subclass of a normal redis.Client object, and so supports the same methods (other than __getitem__, __setitem__, __contains__, and __delitem__). The object that the proxy object returns is an instance of one of the classes from redish.types (with the exception of unicode: those are simply serialized/unserialized from the underlying redis data store as UTF-8).

>>> r['mycounter'] = 1
>>> cc = r['mycounter']
>>> cc += 1
>>> cc += 1
>>> r.get('mycounter')
>>> type(cc)
<class 'redish.types.Int'>

Since redis does not support empty sets, lists, or hashes, the proxy object will (thread-)locally 'remember' keys that are explicitly set as empty types. It does not currently remember container types that have been emptied as a product of operations on the underlying store:

>>> r['newlist'] = []
>>> r['newlist'].extend([1,2])
>>> len(r['newlist'])

Finally, you may structure key names into arbitrary "keyspaces" denoted by format strings:

>>> name = r.keyspace['user:%04d:name']
>>> parents = r.keyspace['user:%04d:parents']
>>> property = r.keyspace['user:%04d:%s']
>>> name[1] = 'Jerry'
>>> property[1,'parents'] = ['Morty', 'Helen']
>>> parents.items()
('user:0001:parents', ['Morty', 'Helen'])

For more information, see the redish.proxy documentation.


You can install redish either via the Python Package Index (PyPI) or from source.

To install using pip,:

$ pip install redish

To install using easy_install,:

$ easy_install redish

If you have downloaded a source tarball you can install it by doing the following,:

$ python build
# python install # as root