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C and Redis

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Ajeet Raina, Former Developer Growth Manager at Redis

Find tutorials, examples and technical articles that will help you to develop with Redis and C.

Getting Started

In order to use Redis with C, you need a C Redis client. For your first steps with C and Redis, this article will show how to use the recommended library: hiredis.

Hiredis is a minimalistic C client library for the Redis database.It is minimalistic because it just adds minimal support for the protocol, but at the same time it uses a high level printf-alike API in order to make it much higher level than otherwise suggested by its minimal code base and the lack of explicit bindings for every Redis command.

Step 1. Install the pre-requisites

Version 1.0.0 marks the first stable release of Hiredis. Follow the below steps to install the pre-requisite packages in order to compile the latest version of hiredis.

 brew install gcc make

Run the below command to run Redis server


Step 2. Install and compile hiredis

make install

Step 3. Copy the below C code:

 #include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <hiredis/hiredis.h>

int main (int argc, char **argv) {
redisReply *reply;
redisContext *c;

c = redisConnect("", 6381);
if (c->err) {
printf("error: %s\n", c->errstr);
return 1;

/* PINGs */
reply = redisCommand(c,"PING %s", "Hello World");
printf("RESPONSE: %s\n", reply->str);


Step 4. Compile the code

 gcc redistest.c -o redistest -I /usr/local/include/hiredis -lhiredis

Step 5. Test the code

RESPONSE: Hello World

More C Clients Resources

  • hiredis-cluster - C client library for Redis Cluster

  • libredis - A C based general low-level PHP extension and client library for Redis, focusing on performance, generality and efficient parallel communication with multiple Redis servers.

  • hiredispool - Provides connection pooling and auto-reconnect for hiredis. It is also minimalistic and easy to do customization.