Redis Operator creates/configures/manages high availability redis with sentinel automatic failover atop Kubernetes.
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NOTE: This is an alpha-status project. We do regular tests on the code and functionality, but we can not assure a production-ready stability.

Redis Operator creates/configures/manages redis-failovers atop Kubernetes.


Redis Operator is meant to be run on Kubernetes 1.8+. All dependecies have been vendored, so there's no need to any additional download.

Versions deployed

The image versions deployed by the operator can be found on the constants file for the RedisFailover service.


Redis Operator

Redis Operator Image

Operator deployment on kubernetes

In order to create Redis failovers inside a Kubernetes cluster, the operator has to be deployed. It can be done with deployment or with the provided Helm chart.

Using a Deployment

To create the operator, you can directly create it with kubectl:

kubectl create -f

This will create a deployment named redisoperator.

Using the Helm chart

From the root folder of the project, execute the following:

helm install --name redisfailover charts/redisoperator


Once the operator is deployed inside a Kubernetes cluster, a new API will be accesible, so you'll be able to create, update and delete redisfailovers.

In order to deploy a new redis-failover a specification has to be created:

kubectl create -f

This redis-failover will be managed by the operator, resulting in the following elements created inside Kubernetes:

  • rfr-<NAME>: Redis configmap
  • rfr-<NAME>: Redis statefulset
  • rfr-<NAME>: Redis service (if redis-exporter is enabled)
  • rfs-<NAME>: Sentinel configmap
  • rfs-<NAME>: Sentinel deployment
  • rfs-<NAME>: Sentinel service

NOTE: NAME is the named provided when creating the RedisFailover. IMPORTANT: the name of the redis-failover to be created cannot be longer that 48 characters, due to prepend of redis/sentinel identification and statefulset limitation.


The operator has the ability of add persistance to Redis data. By default an emptyDir will be used, so the data is not saved.

In order to have persistance, a PersistentVolumeClaim usage is allowed. The full PVC definition has to be added to the Redis Failover Spec under the Storage section.

IMPORTANT: By default, the persistent volume claims will be deleted when the Redis Failover is. If this is not the expected usage, a keepAfterDeletion flag can be added under the storage section of Redis. An example is given.

Custom configurations

It is possible to configure both Redis and Sentinel. This is done with the customConfig option inside their spec. It is a list of configurations and their values.


    - "down-after-milliseconds 2000"
    - "failover-timeout 3000"
    - "maxclients 100"
    - "hz 50"

*Important: this options will be set via config set or sentinel set mymaster. In the Sentinel options, there are some "conversions" to be made.

  • Configuration on the sentinel.conf: sentinel down-after-milliseconds mymaster 2000
  • Configuration on the configOptions: down-after-milliseconds 2000

Important 2: do NOT change the options used for control the redis/sentinel such as port, bind, dir, etc.


In order to connect to the redis-failover and use it, a Sentinel-ready library has to be used. This will connect through the Sentinel service to the Redis node working as a master. The connection parameters are the following:

url: rfs-<NAME>
port: 26379
master-name: mymaster


If you want to delete the operator from your Kubernetes cluster, the operator deployment should be deleted.

Also, the CRD has to be deleted too:

kubectl delete crd


For the code documentation, you can lookup on the GoDoc.

Also, you can check more deeply information on the docs folder.