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hiera-redis empowers Hiera to retrieve values from a Redis database.

Supported Redis types:

  • set
  • sorted set
  • list
  • string
  • hash

All types can be JSON or YAML serialized but I don't see anything other than a string type being used for the job.


The following options can be specified in hiera.yaml:

  :password: clearp@ssw0rd        # if your Redis server requires authentication
  :port: 6380                     # unless present, defaults to 6379
  :db: 1                          # unless present, defaults to 0
  :host:           # unless present, defaults to localhost
  :path: /tmp/redis.sock          # overrides port if unixsocket exists
  :soft_connection_failure: true  # bypass exception if Redis server is unavailable; default is false
  :separator: /                   # unless present, defaults to :

  :deserialize: :json             # Try to deserialize; both :yaml and :json are supported
                                  # When :json is used and JSON::ParseError is raised, gracefully fall
                                  # back to returning the original value. This is needed to work around
                                  # JSON.parse('foo'.to_json)


gem install hiera-redis


Add some data into your Redis database

set Debian:foo bar

set common:foo baz

hmset pets:kitties Evil black Handsome gray

Configure ~/.puppet/hiera.yaml

  - %{operatingsytem}
  - pets
  - common
  - redis

What is foo?

$ hiera -c ~/.puppet/hiera.yaml foo

What is bar?

$ hiera -c ~/.puppet/hiera.yaml bar

and the kitties?

$ hiera -c ~/.puppet/hiera.yaml kitties

Related Information

See the hiera-resources documentation for an example of using hiera-redis with serialized strings stored in Redis (JSON and YAML supported).


  • Maintainer: Hugo Parente Lima c/o Reliant Security, Inc.
  • Email:
  • IRC (freenode): hugopl
  • Original Author: Adam Kosmin c/o Reliant Security, Inc.
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  • IRC (freenode): windowsrefund
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