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Getting Started with Redis OM .NET

Redis OM is designed to make using Redis easier for .NET developers, so naturally the first question one might ask is where to start?


  • A .NET Standard 2.0 compatible version of .NET. This means that all .NET Framework versions 4.6.1+, .NET Core 2.0+ and .NET 5+ will work with Redis OM .NET.
  • An IDE for writing .NET, Visual Studio, Rider, VS Code will all work.


To install Redis OM .NET all you need to do is add the Redis.OM NuGet package to your project. This can be done by running dotnet add package Redis.OM

Connecting to Redis.

The next major step for getting started with Redis OM .NET is to connect to Redis.

The Redis OM library is an abstraction above a lower level (closer to Redis) library—StackExchange.Redis—which it uses to manage connections to Redis. That is however, an implementation detail which should not be a concern to the user. RedisConnectionProvider class contains the connection logic, and provides for connections to Redis. The RedisConnectionProvider should only be initialized once in your app's lifetime.

Initializing RedisConnectionProvider

RedisConnectionProvider takes a Redis URI and uses that to initialize a connection to Redis.

Consequentially, all that needs to be done to initialize the client is calling the constructor of RedisConnectionProvider with a Redis uri. Alternatively, you can connect with a ConnectionConfiguration object, or if you have a ConnectionMultiplexer in your DI container already, you can construct it with your ConnectionMultiplexer.

Connecting to a Standalone Instance of Redis No Auth

var provider = new RedisConnectionProvider("redis://hostname:port");

Connecting to Standalone Instance of Redis Just Password

var provider = new RedisConnectionProvider("redis://:password@hostname:port");

Connecting to Standalone Instance of Redis or Redis Enterprise Username and Password

var provider = new RedisConnectionProvider("redis://username:password@hostname:port");

Connecting to Standalone Instance of Redis Particular Database

var provider = new RedisConnectionProvider("redis://username:password@hostname:port/4");

Connecting to Redis Sentinel

When connecting to Redis Sentinel, you will need to provide the sentinel

var provider = new RedisConnectionProvider("redis://username:password@sentinel-hostname:port?endpoint=another-sentinel-host:port&endpoint=yet-another-sentinel-hot:port&sentinel_primary_name=redisprimary");

Connecting to Redis Cluster

Connecting to a Redis Cluster is similar to connecting to a standalone server, it is advisable however to include at least one other alternative endpoint in the URI as a query parameter in case of a failover event.

var provider = new RedisConnectionProvider("redis://username:password@hostname:port?endpoint=another-primary-host:port");

Getting the RedisConnection, RedisCollection, and RedisAggregationSet

There are three primary drivers of Redis in this Library, which can all be accessed from the provider object after it's been initialize.

  • The RedisConnection - this provides a command level interface to Redis, a limited set of commands are directly implemented, but any command can be executed via the Execute and ExecuteAsync commands. To get a handle to the RedisConnection just use provider.Connection
  • RedisCollection<T> - This is a generic collection used to access Redis. It provides a fluent interface for retrieving data stored in Redis. To create a RedisCollection<T> use provider.RedisCollection<T>()
  • RedisAggregationSet<T> - This is another generic collection used to aggregate data in Redis. It provides a fluent interface for performing mapping & reduction operations on Redis. To create a RedisAggregationSet<T>use provider.AggregationSet<T>()