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wiredis is a header-only, asynchronous c++11 client library for redis database server.

It depends only on boost library and uses ::boost::asio::io_service as event handler.

Tested on

  • Arch linux
    • cmake 3.11.4
    • g++ 8.1.1
    • boost 1.67
  • Redhat
    • cmake 3.12.0
    • g++ 4.8.5
    • boost 1.68

Compile and install

$ mkdir build && cd build && cmake ../ && sudo make install


  • Asynchronous interface
  • Standalone: depends only on boost library.
  • Auto reconnect
  • TCP keepalive on idle connection
  • Exact match with redis commands without inner logic
  • Binary key/values
  • PUB/SUB mode


You can find working examples under examples folder and full documention below in this document.

First of all you need a running ::boost::asio::io_service instance.

    ::boost::asio::io_service ios;
    bool loop_condition = true;
    std::thread scheduler_thread(
            while (loop_condition)

...then create a ::nokia::net::redis_connection instance:

    ::nokia::net::redis_connection con(ios);

                [] (boost::system::error_code const & error)
                    if (error)
                        std::cout << "Connect failed. Keep trying..." << std::endl;
                        std::cout << "Connected!" << std::endl;
                [&] (boost::system::error_code const & ec)
                    std::cout << "Connection lost. Error core: " << ec << ". Reconnecting..."<< std::endl;

Once the connection established you can start working on the connection. To send a command to redis-server you need to invoke execute() function with a callback function, the command and the arguments of the command.

    con.execute([&] (::nokia::net::proto::redis::reply && reply)
                    if (::nokia::net::proto::redis::reply::NIL == reply.type)
                        std::cout << "Key not found" << std::endl;
                        std::cout << "Key found. Value:" << reply.str << std::endl;
                "GET", "key");

If you use multiple arguments you need to separate them:

    con.execute([&] (::nokia::net::proto::redis::reply && reply)
                    if (::nokia::net::proto::redis::reply::NIL == reply.type)
                        std::cout << "Key not found" << std::endl;
                        std::cout << "Key found. Value:" << reply.str << std::endl;
                "HSET", "key", "field", "value");

Return object has type ::nokia::net::proto::redis::reply && which follows the RESP definition.

    struct reply
        enum type
            INVALID, // [w] only for debugging purpose
        type type;
        std::string str;
        int64_t integer;

        std::vector<reply> elements;

To close your connection you need to use join() function.

    con.join([] ()
                 std::cout << "Cleanup done, we can die now." << std::endl;

Alternatively, you can use sync_join() function but be warned: it uses the io_service object so never call from thread being run by your io_service object!

PUB/SUB mode

You can use redis connection to watch a given channel.

Note: once you switch to PUB/SUB mode you can't use the conncetion for standard operations. Allowed commands in PUB/SUB mode: SUBSCRIBE, PSUBSCRIBE, UNSUBSCRIBE, PUNSUBSCRIBE, PING and QUIT.

                  [&] ()
                      std::cout << "subscribed for channel \"my-channel\"" << std::endl;
                  [] (std::string const & channel, std::string const & message)
                      std::cout << "* Just get a message on channel \"" << channel << "\": " << message << std::endl;
                  [&] ()
                      std::cout << "* Unsubscribed from channel \"my-channel\"" << std::endl;



redis_connection(boost::asio::io_service & io_service);

Simply constructor to create redis_connection object.

  • io_service: The ::boost::asio::io_service you want to use for event handler.


void connect(std::string const & ip,
             uint16_t port,
             std::function<void (boost::system::error_code const &)> connected_callback,
             std::function<void (boost::system::error_code const &)> disconnected_callback,
             bool auto_reconnect = true,
             bool keepalive_enabled = true);

Initiate connecting to redis-server.

  • ip: ip address of redis server.
  • port: port of redis server.
  • connected_callback: this function will be called every time the client connects to the server including reconnecting.
  • disconnected_callback: this function will be called if the client losts conncection to server excluding the disconnect() function call.
  • auto_reconnect: if it's true the client tries to reconnect to the server. After reconncection the connection is in standard mode, you lose every previous subscriptions.
  • keepalive_enabled: if it's true the connection uses TCP keepaliving. The settings are
    • TCP_KEEPCNT: 3


bool connected() const;

Returns true if the connection is established.


void disconnect();

Disconnect from redis server. Always use this function if you want tear-down, it performs clean-up.

join(), sync_join()

void join(std::function<void ()> cb);
void sync_join();

Waits for clean-up. The first version calls back once the clean-up has finished, while the second version blocks.

Note: snyc_join() uses the io_service object so never call from thread being run by your io_service object!


template <typename... Ts>
void execute(std::function<void (::nokia::net::proto::redis::reply &&)> callback, Ts &&... ts);

Invoke redis command. The execution and return value are same as redis defines, there is no inner logic. See:

Binary arguments are supported.

  • callback: this function will be called with the result.
  • ts: redis command and its arguments.

subscribe(), psusbscribe()

void subscribe(std::string const & channel,
               std::function<void ()> subscribed_callback,
               std::function<void (std::string const & channel, std::string const & message)> change_callback,
               std::function<void ()> unsubscribed_callback);
void psubscribe(std::string const & pattern,
                std::function<void ()> subscribed_callback,
                std::function<void (std::string const & pattern, std::string const & channel, std::string const & message)> pattern_change_callback,
                std::function<void ()> unsubscribed_callback);

Subscribe for a given channel/channel matches with the pattern. If you already subscribed for a channel you will get subscription_already_exists exception.

  • channel/pattern: the channel/pattern of channel you want to subscribe.
  • subscribed_callback: this function will be called once the subscription is ready.
  • change_callback: this function will be called if new message arrives on the subscribed channel.
  • unsubscribed_callback: this function will be called if you've successfully unsubscribed from the channel.

unsubscribe(), punsubscribe()

void unsubscribe(std::string const & channel);
void punsubscribe(std::string const & pattern);

Unsubscribe from a previously subscribed channel/pattern of channel. If the subscription doesn't exist you'll get a subscription_does_not_exist exception.

  • channel/pattern: the channel/pattern of channel you want to unsubscribe from.


void set_log_callback(std::function<void (std::string const &)> cb);

The logs are printed out to stdout by default. If you want to handle by your own, you need to call this function with your callback function.


To run unit tests, you need to have installed valgrind, redis-server and need to use Debug configuration.

Tests start/stop redis-server, so turn off redis-server if it runs: systemctl stop redis

mkdir build
cd build
cmake ../ -G Ninja -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug
ctest  -T memcheck


This project is licensed under the BSD-3-Clause license - see the LICENSE.