Go and Redis

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Ajeet Raina, Developer Growth Manager at Redis

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

Getting Started#

Golang community has built many client libraries that you can find here. For your first steps with Golang and Redis, this article will show how to use the recommended library: redigo.

Go-redis is a type-safe, Redis client library for Go with support for features like Pub/Sub, sentinel, and pipelining.It is a Redis client able to support a Redis cluster and is designed to store and update slot info automatically with a cluster change. Below are the attractive features of Go-redis:

  • Go-redis has pooling capabilities.(Pools allow you to safely handle go-routines, auto reconnect if any error occurs)
  • It supports both standard, OSS cluster AIP, and Sentinel
  • Comes with Auto reconnects / Auto-rediscovers cluster slots on error/migration
  • Support instrumentations
  • Allows for a custom dialer (this is useful for Enterprise)
  • Support for Redis Sentinel

The go-redis library is located in the https://github.com/go-redis/redis that you must import in your application. Do check Redis Cache Library for Golang

Step 1. Run a Redis server#

Redis is an open source, in-memory, key-value data store most commonly used as a primary database, cache, message broker, and queue. Redis delivers sub-millisecond response times, enabling fast and powerful real-time applications in industries such as gaming, fintech, ad-tech, social media, healthcare, and IoT. You can run a Redis database directly over your local mac os or in a container. If you have Docker installed in your sytem, type the following command:

docker run -d -p 6379:6379 redislabs/redismod

You can connect to Redis server using the redis-cli command like this:


The above command will make a connection to the Redis server. It will then present a prompt that allows you to run Redis commands.

Step 2. Initialise the Go Module#

In order to connect to the Redis instance and return some data value, first you need to initialize the Go module as shown:

go mod init github.com/my/repo

Step 3. Install redis/v8#

go get github.com/go-redis/redis/v8

Step 4. Create a main.go file#

Let us create a main.go file and write the following code to check for your Redis instance connection

package main
import (
func main() {
fmt.Println("Testing Golang Redis")
client := redis.NewClient(&redis.Options{
Addr: "localhost:6379",
Password: "",
DB: 0,
pong, err := client.Ping().Result()
fmt.Println(pong, err)

Step 5. Begin the compilation#

go run main.go

By now, the Go application should successfully connect to the Redis instance and return data value (a successful "PONG" response).

Redis Launchpad#

Redis Launchpad is like an “App Store” for Redis sample apps. You can easily find apps for your preferred frameworks and languages. Check out a few of these apps below, or click here to access the complete list.

Rate-Limiting app in Go#


Rate Limiting app built in Go

Leaderboard app in Go#


How to implement leaderboard app in Go

Technical Articles & Whitepapers#

Redis and Golang: Designed to Improve Performance Redisqueue - A producer and consumer of a queue that uses Redis streamsA High Performance Recommendation Engine with Redis and Go**

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