This article explains the setup and configuration of the Redis server in Linux, Ubuntu, and Unix.

  • How to install the Redis server
  • Uninstall the Redis server
  • Upgrade the Redis server
  • Start, Stop and Restart the Redis server

Redis has a package for all distributions of Linux and Unix flavors.

homebrew is a package manager for managing the packages in MACOS. It automates the process for easy setup and configuration on macOS. It provides a brew command to start, stop, installation of Redis server.

You can also install Redis without the brew command.

How to install Redis server in Linux, Ubuntu

  • On Ubuntu Installation The first step, update all your local packages to the latest.
sudo apt update

Next, Run the Redis server using apt command.

sudo apt install redis-server

It installs to the local folder in ubuntu.

  • On Linux Installation: The first step, update all your local packages to the latest.
sudo apt-get update

Next, Run the Redis server using the apt-get command.

sudo apt-get install redis-server

For yum users

yum install redis

Redis server installation folder location:

You can find the location of the Redis installation folder using the redis-cli command.

$> config get dir

1) "dir"
2) "/usr/local/var/redis"

You can also use the which redis-server command to get the installation folder.

Once you find the location, Open configuration file Redis.conf as given below.

sudo nano /usr/local/var/redis/redis.conf
sudo vi /usr/local/var/redis/redis.conf

Change the supervised to systemd to allow running Redis as a service.

supervised systemd

Save the file and restart the server. From here, Redis started as a service, you can restart with service.

You can verify redis server is running or not using the below command.

sudo systemctl status redis

Also, Verify redis-cli using the below command.


It connects to the Redis server and starts the interactive shell command prompt. It gives current running server information.

How to restart the redis server in Linux

To stop the redis server.

sudo service redis stop
sudo systemctl stop redis

To start the redis server.

sudo service redis start
sudo systemctl start redis

To restart the redis server.

sudo service redis restart
sudo systemctl restart redis

Upgrade Redis 5 to the latest

First, take backup of redis database, next, uninstall and install redis server.

yum uninstall redis

next, install

yum install redis

How to run Redis Server as Daemon background in Linux

Redis runs as a separate process and does not run in background by default.

There are multiple ways we can do

  • using –daemonize option
redis-server --daemonize yes
  • using nohup
nohup redis-server &
redis-server &