How To Install Redis on CentOS 6

Install Redis on CentOS 6

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Redis on CentOS 6. For those of you who didn’t know, Redis is an open-source, BSD licensed, advanced key-value store. It is often referred to as a data structure server since keys can contain strings, hashes, lists, sets, and sorted sets. Redis also supports data types such as Transitions, Publish and Subscribe. ‘Redis ’ is considered more powerful than ‘Memcache’. It would be smart to bring ‘Redis’ into practice and put ‘Memcache’ down for a while.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Redis on CentOS 6.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 6.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Redis on CentOS 6

Step 1. First, you need to enable the EPEL repository on your system.

## RHEL/CentOS 6 64-Bit ##
# wget http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/x86_64/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm
# rpm -ivh epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm

## RHEL/CentOS 6 32-Bit ##
# wget http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/i386/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm
# rpm -ivh epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm

Step 2. Install Redis with Yum.

yum -y update
yum install redis php-pecl-redis

Enable Redis service to start on boot:

service redis start
chkconfig redis on

Check if Redis is Running:

### chkconfig –list redis
redis 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off

To make sure Redis is working, run the command “redis-cli ping” from the command line. If you get the result “PONG”, that shows Redis is working.

Step 3.  Install Redis PHP extension.

After we have Redis installed we will need the PHP-REDIS extension. Using the following command:

pecl install redis

Now open php.ini file and add the following line to it:

### nano /etc/php.ini

Now restart Apache to apply the changes to php.ini file:

service httpd restart

Step 4. Install web interface for Redis.

phpRedisAdmin is a simple web interface to manage Redis databases:

git clone https://github.com/ErikDubbelboer/phpRedisAdmin.git
cd phpRedisAdmin/includes
cp config.sample.inc.php config.inc.php

Make sure the setting are correct:

nano config.inc.php

Let’s add the RedisAdmin configuration file to Apache:

### nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/redisadmin.conf
### Now add the following ###
#  Web Interface for RedisAdmin

<Directory "/downloads/phpRedisAdmin/">
  Order Deny,Allow
  Deny from all
  Allow from
  Allow from <your ipaddress>

Alias /redisAdmin /downloads/phpRedisAdmin
Alias /redisadmin /downloads/phpRedisAdmin

Create a Bash Script to make sure Redis is running:

### nano /scripts/redis-check.sh
PS=$(which ps)
GREP=$(which grep)
WHEN=$(date +"%Y-%m-%d-%H:%M:%S")
   if  ! $PS aux | $GREP "redis.conf" | $GREP -v grep 2>&1 > /dev/null; then
       /etc/init.d/redis restart
       echo 'Restarted Redis @' $WHEN
#Check Second instance
   if  ! $PS aux | $GREP "redis2.conf" | $GREP -v grep 2>&1 > /dev/null; then
       /etc/init.d/redis2 restart
       echo 'Restarted Redis2 @' $WHEN

Make the Script executable:

 chmod +x /scripts/redis-check.sh

Add your script to your cron to run every 3 minutes or so:

### nano /var/spool/cron/root
*/3 * * * * /bin/bash /script/redis-check.sh >> /var/log/redis-check.log

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Redis. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Redis server on CentOS 6 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Redis website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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