Fast, pipelined, resilient Redis driver for Elixir
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Redix

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Superfast, pipelined, resilient Redis client for Elixir.

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Redix is a Redis client written in pure Elixir with focus on speed, correctness and resiliency (that is, being able to automatically reconnect to Redis in case of network errors).

Note that this README refers to the master branch of Redix, not the latest released version on Hex. See the documentation for the documentation of the version you're using.

Installation

Add the :redix dependency to your mix.exs file:

defp deps() do
  [{:redix, ">= 0.0.0"}]
end

If using Elixir < 1.4 or not using :extra_applications, add :redix to your list of applications:

defp application() do
  [applications: [:logger, :redix]]
end

Then, run mix deps.get in your shell to fetch the new dependency.

Usage

Redix is very simple in that it doesn't wrap Redis commands with Elixir functions: it only provides two functions (with their bang! variants), command/3 and pipeline/3. A Redis command is expressed as a list of strings making up the command and its arguments.

Connections are started via start_link/0, start_link/1 or start_link/2. These functions accept Redix-specific options as well as all the options accepted by GenServer.start_link/3 (e.g., :name for registering the connection process under a name).

{:ok, conn} = Redix.start_link()
{:ok, conn} = Redix.start_link(host: "example.com", port: 5000)
{:ok, conn} = Redix.start_link("redis://localhost:6379/3", name: :redix)

Commands can be sent using Redix.command/2-3:

Redix.command(conn, ["SET", "mykey", "foo"])
#=> {:ok, "OK"}
Redix.command(conn, ["GET", "mykey"])
#=> {:ok, "foo"}

Pipelines are just lists of commands sent all at once to Redis for which Redis replies with a list of responses. They can be used in Redix via Redix.pipeline/2,3:

Redix.pipeline(conn, [["INCR", "foo"], ["INCR", "foo"], ["INCRBY", "foo", "2"]])
#=> {:ok, [1, 2, 4]}

Redix.command/2,3 and Redix.pipeline/2,3 always return {:ok, result} or {:error, reason}. If you want to access the result directly and raise in case there's an error, bang! variants are provided:

Redix.command!(conn, ["PING"])
#=> "PONG"

Redix.pipeline!(conn, [["SET", "mykey", "foo"], ["GET", "mykey"]])
#=> ["OK", "foo"]

Redix.command/2,3 and Redix.pipeline/2,3 return a Redix.ConnectionError struct in case there's an error related to the Redis connection (for example, the connection is closed while Redix is waiting to reconnect).

Resiliency

Redix takes full advantage of the Connection library by James Fish to provide a resilient behaviour when dealing with the network connection to Redis. For example, if the connection to Redis drops, Redix will automatically try to reconnect to it periodically at a given "backoff" interval (which is configurable). Look at the documentation for the Redix module and to the "Reconnections" page in the documentation for more information on the available options and on the exact behaviour regarding reconnections.

Pub/Sub

Redix doesn't support the Pub/Sub features of Redis. For that, there's redix_pubsub.

Using Redix in the Real World™

Redix is low-level, but it's still built to handle most things thrown at it. Most people tend to use pooling with Redix (through something like poolboy), but for many applications, that can be avoided with little to no impact on performance. Read the "Real world usage" page in the documentation for more information on this.

Contributing

Clone the repository and run $ mix test to make sure everything is working. For tests to pass, you must have a Redis server running on localhost, port 6379. Both may be configured using the environment variables REDIX_TEST_HOST and REDIX_TEST_PORT respectively. Tests will wipe clean all the databases on the running Redis server, as they call FLUSHALL multiple times, so be careful.

License

Redix is released under the MIT license. See the license file.