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A wrapper around node_redis with Promise and TypeScript support.

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node_redis doesn't support Promises out-of-the-box - you have to use util.promisify on each command, or bluebird's promisifyAll, which has the side effect of removing all TypeScript/intellisense support from the package.

This package is a wrapper around node_redis and exclusively uses Promises. It publishes TypeScript types generated from the official redis documentation and examples, so it's much easier to know what parameters a command expects, and how to use the return values.


npm install handy-redis redis


import { createNodeRedisClient } from 'handy-redis';

(async function() {
    const client = createNodeRedisClient();
    // or, call createNodeRedisClient(opts) using opts for
    // or, call createNodeRedisClient(oldClient) where oldClient is an existing node_redis client.

    await client.set('foo', 'bar');
    const foo = await client.get('foo');

Vanilla JS, no async/await:

const { createNodeRedisClient } = require('handy-redis');

const client = createNodeRedisClient();

    .set('foo', 'bar')
    .then(() => client.get('foo'))
    .then(foo => console.log(foo));

The package is published with TypeScript types, with the redis documentation and response type attached to each command:

Adding new commands

Note that the redis package should be installed separately. If you need to use recent redis commands (e.g. lpos (recent at time of writing, at least)), which is not included in the redis package by default, you can use addNodeRedisCommand:

import { addNodeRedisCommand, createNodeRedisClient } from 'handy-redis'


const client = createNodeRedisClient(...)

If there's a command without a type, a new version of this library will need to be released - raise an issue if you come across one.

Accessing the underlying client

Some features of node_redis are not duplicated in this library, such as watch, pubsub and events generally. To use them, get the underlying client via .nodeRedis:

import { createNodeRedisClient } from 'handy-redis'

const client = createNodeRedisClient(...)

client.nodeRedis.on('error', err => console.error(err))
client.nodeRedis.publish('a_channel', 'a message')

v1.x compatibility

Some aliases exist for backwards-compatibility with v1.x:

  • createNodeRedisClient (preferred) is aliased to createHandyClient
  • WrappedNodeRedisClient (preferred) is aliased to IHandyRedis
  • client.nodeRedis (preferred) is aliased to client.redis


See the snapshot tests for tons of usage examples.


Most members of node_redis's multi type don't need to be promisified, because they execute synchronously. Only exec is async. Usage example:

import { createNodeRedisClient } from 'handy-redis';

(async function() {
    const client = createNodeRedisClient();

    const result = await client.multi().set("z:foo", "987").keys("z:*").get("z:foo").exec();

    console.log(result); // ["OK", ["z:foo"], "987"]

The resolved value returned by exec is a tuple type, which keeps track of the commands that have been queued. In the above example, the type will be [string, string[], string].

Note: multi results are strongly-typed only when using typescript 4.0 and above - for lower typescript versions they will gracefully fall back to a union type (for the example above, it'll be Array<string | string[]>).

client.batch() also works, with the same API. See node_redis docs for details.

Migrating from v1.x

The client no longer has an execMulti function. Use the .exec() method on the multi instance.

Wrong types? Raise an issue!

Since the types are autogenerated from redis-doc, which doesn't adhere to a formal schema, they might be incomplete, or in some cases, wrong. The errors are easy enough to fix, but not easy to find, so if you think you've come across a case like this, please raise an issue.


Most of the package is generated by running sample commands from the redis documentation repo.

How it works

The client is generated from the redis-doc repo.

  • yarn codegen generates code:
    • generate-schema:
      • commands.json is used to output a commands file with json-schema arguments and return types.
      • Argument lists are modeled as arrays, which are flattened when sent to the underlying client. e.g. SET might have args ['foo', 'bar', ['EX', 60]] corresponding to the CLI command SET foo bar EX 60
      • the markdown documentation for each command is parsed for the return type
    • generate-client:
      • the json-schema from the previous step is parsed and used to generate a typescript interface of commands.
        • Commands use a basic higher-kinded types implementation. The Multi interface requires a key pointing to a property on a ResultTypes<Result, Context> interface, with properties defined via module augmentation. By default, each command returns a promisified result type. See the node_redis multi implementation for an example which configures each command to return a chainable multi instance, using previous commands as the Context.
    • generate-tests:
      • the markdown docs for each command are parsed and transformed into typescript calls. e.g. SET FOO BAR EX 60 is decoded into client.set('foo', 'bar', ['EX', 60])
      • these typescript calls are put into jest tests and their outputs are snapshotted
      • these tests are internal only and are not included in the published package

At each stage, there are some patches to plug gaps and inconsistencies in redis-doc and node_redis.

From all the code-generation only the interface file is exported. When a client is created, each command on the node_redis client prototype is added as a method on handy-redis's client, a wrapped and promisified version of the equivalent node_redis method.

git clone
cd handy-redis

Make sure you have docker installed and docker-compose is on your path, and start up a redis server in the background with yarn redis:up -d.

To fully test the package as it is on your machine, the same way CI does:

yarn test

yarn test runs the build, test and lint scripts. It removes all generated code before, and after checks that your git status is clean. This is to allow tracking changes to the generated client over time, to make what the published package contains more visible, and to make sure that generated code hasn't been modified without auditing first. You should not manually edit any files under a */generated/* path. If yarn test fails for you because you deliberately changed the way the codegen works, take a look at the git changes, check them in and run yarn test again.

The build script generates the client before using TypeScript to compile it. If you want to run the tests without rebuilding, linting etc., use yarn jest.

There are some more scripts in package.json which can be useful for local development.

Redis doc was added via git subtree add --prefix docs/redis-doc master --squash following this guide. Here's how they say it can be updated:

git subtree pull --prefix docs/redis-doc master --squash


If a snapshot test fails, it's possible it just needs to be updated. Make sure your git status is clean and run yarn jest -u.

Types are tested using expect-type.


A wrapper around node_redis with Promise and TypeScript support.







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