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Makefile Bugfix, pipeline and session close improvements. Dec 14, 2019
aedis.hpp Implements psubscribe. Dec 21, 2019
tests.cpp Provides means to close connection cleanly. Dec 15, 2019


Aedis is a redis client designed with the following in mind

  • Seamless integration with async code
  • Based on Boost.Asio and the Networking TS
  • Easy and intuitive as clients for other languages
  • Speed as a result of simplicity

This library is header only. You only have to include aedis.hpp in your project. Current dendencies are Boost.Asio and libfmt. As of C++23 this library will have no external dependencies (assuming the Networking TS gets finally merged in to the standard).


Sending a command to a redis server is as simple as

void send_ping()
   net::io_context ioc;
   session s {ioc};

   s.send(ping() + quit());

Commands can be generated easily and there is support for STL containers when it makes sense

void example1()
   std::list<std::string> a
   {"one" ,"two", "three"};

   std::set<std::string> b
   {"a" ,"b", "c"};

   std::map<std::string, std::string> c
   { {{"Name"},      {"Marcelo"}} 
   , {{"Education"}, {"Physics"}}
   , {{"Job"},       {"Programmer"}}};

   std::map<int, std::string> d
   { {1, {"foo"}} 
   , {2, {"bar"}}
   , {3, {"foobar"}}};

   auto s = ping()
          + rpush("a", a)
          + lrange("a")
          + del("a")
          + multi()
          + rpush("b", b)
          + lrange("b")
          + del("b")
          + hset("c", c)
          + hvals("c")
          + zadd({"d"}, d)
          + zrange("d")
          + zrangebyscore("foo", 2, -1)
          + set("f", {"39"})
          + incr("f")
          + get("f")
          + expire("f", 10)
          + publish("g", "A message")
          + exec()
          + quit()

   net::io_context ioc;
   session ss {ioc};


The following example shows how to specify the configuration options

void example2()
   net::io_context ioc;

   session::config cfg
   { { "", "26377"
     , "", "26378"
     , "", "26379"} // Sentinel addresses
   , "mymaster" // Instance name
   , "master" // Instance role
   , 256 // Max pipeline size
   , log::level::info

   session ss {ioc, cfg, "id"};

   ss.send(role() + quit());

The maximum pipeline size above refers to the blocks of commands sent via the session::send function and not to the individual commands. Logging is made using std::clog. The string "id" passed as third argument to the session is prefixed to each log message.


The example below shows how to specify the connection and message callbacks

void example3()
   net::io_context ioc;
   session s {ioc};

   s.set_on_conn_handler([]() {
      std::cout << "Connected" << std::endl;

   s.set_msg_handler([](auto ec, auto res) {
      if (ec) {
         std::cerr << "Error: " << ec.message() << std::endl;

      std::copy( std::cbegin(res)
               , std::cend(res)
               , std::ostream_iterator<std::string>(std::cout, " "));

      std::cout << std::endl;

   s.send(ping() + quit());

Missing features

At the moment the main missing feature is support for redis cluster which I may implement in the future if I need it.

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