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How to Deploy Redis on Rocky Linux 8

How to Deploy Redis on Rocky Linux 8

Redis is a free, open-source, in-memory data structure store widely used as a database, cache, and message broker.

In this tutorial, we will explore commands to install Redis on our machine. Not just that, we will also see how to configure it. Rocky Linux 8 is the operating system we have used in this guide.

Let’s go!

Installation Guide:

Following these steps, we will install and configure Redis:

Step 1: Install Redis

To install Redis, run this command:

sudo dnf install redis

Step 2: Edit Redis Configuration file

Next, we will make some changes to the Redis configuration file.

Open the file using the vim editor:

sudo vim /etc/redis.conf

Locate supervised directive in the file. It will be written as:

Change it to:

Step 3: Start Redis

After saving changes, start Redis like this:

sudo systemctl start redis

Step 4: Enable Redis

Similarly, we will enable Redis with this command:

sudo systemctl enable redis

Step 5: Check Redis status

Now we will confirm if Redis service is running fine or not. Do that with this command:

sudo systemctl status redis

Step 6: Test Redis Installation

In this step, we will test Redis by running the command mentioned below. If it returns with PONG, this means redis is working fine.

$ sudo redis-cli ping

Protect Redis with the help of a Password

To secure the database, we will assign it a password to prevent unauthorized access.

Step 1: Edit Redis configuration file

First of all, open the Redis configuration file again using this command:

sudo vim /etc/redis.conf

Find the following directive in the file to uncomment it and assign your password:

requirepass strong_password

Step 2: Restart Redis

To update changes, restart Redis.

sudo systemctl restart redis

Step 3: Enter Redis-cli

Now, we will check if the password authentication is working fine or not. To do that, access Redis client with this command:


Step 4: Set Key to a value

Now set a key to a value like this:

set keystudent Tom

This will give an error, telling you that authentication is required to set the key.

To get access, push your password with auth command like this:

auth your_password

Once the password is accepted, you will be able to set a key to the value.

Step 5: Retrieve the value

To retrieve the value you just assigned to the key, use the get command like this:

get keystudent

Step 6: Exit Redis

To exit the database, just type quit and hit enter.


Configure Redis for remote access

Here, we will see how to configure Redis to be accessed remotely from another machine.

Step 1: Edit Redis configuration file

First of all, open the redis.conf file with this command:

sudo nano /etc/redis.conf

Search for the bind directive, which is set to listen to localhost. Comment it:

Next, give the remote server’s ip address like this

Bind private_ip

To grant access to Redis over the public internet, set the bind directive to


Step 2: Disable protected mode

Now change protected mode yes to no as shown below:

Save the changes and exit.

Step 3: Restart Redis

Now, restart the database with this command to update changes in the Redis configuration file:

sudo systemctl restart redis

Configure Firewall for Redis

In this part, we will configure the default firewall in Rocky Linux, namely firewalld, to allow Redis to listen on port 6379 which is its default port.

Step 1: Allow Redis port 6379

Run the following command so that Redis can listen on its default port:

sudo firewall-cmd --add-port=6379/tcp --permanent

Step 2: Reload firewall

To update changes, reload the firewall with this command:

sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Step 3: Test new settings

Now that we have configured the firewall for Redis, let’s test if a remote machine can access Redis or not. Do that by running the following command from a remote machine:

redis-cli -h server_IP

server_IP is the IP address of the machine on which Redis is deployed. In my case, it is

redis-cli -h

That was all for today. In this document, we saw in detail how to install and configure Redis on Rocky Linux 8.

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