How to install and configure redis from source on ubuntu 18.04 server


Redis is opensource, an in-memory key-value store known for its flexibility, performance, and broad language support. It is commonly used as a database, cache, and message broker, and supports a wide range of data structures.

In this tutorial we will explain how to install and configure redis from source on ubuntu 18.04 AWS EC2 server.

You can install redis from official ubuntu repositories using apt command with few steps,but the version will not be the latest one.Here we will install the latest version Redis 6.0.6 from the source on ubuntu 18.04.To know about redis versions got to Redis version

Before We Begin

  • Ubuntu 18.04 server /desktop with root or user with root privileges

Step 1 :  Installing the Build and Test Dependencies

To get the latest version of Redis, we have to compile and install the software from the source. So before we are going to download the source code, you must satisfy the build dependencies so that you can compile the software

For this Redis server we need to install below packages from the Ubuntu repositories

  •  build-essential meta-package
  • tcl package to test the binaries

Update your local apt package cache and install the dependencies by typing:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install build-essential tcl

Now we have all the build and test dependencies are installed on our server and we can begin the process of installing Redis.

Step 2 — Downloading, Compiling, and Installing Redis

Now it is time to install Redis by downloading, compiling, and then building the source code. Since we won’t need to keep the Redis source code for the long term in our machine (you can always re-download it), it is best practice to download the source code to our /tmp directory.

Got to tmp directory from the terminal:

cd /tmp

Next, use curl or wget to download the latest stable version of Redis. The latest version can always be found at a stable download URL: At the time of writing this article the stable version is 6.0.6

curl -O

Unpack the downloaded tarball by running :

tar xzvf redis-stable.tar.gz

Then move into the Redis source directory where we was just extracted:

cd /redis-stable

Then Compile the Redis binaries by typing:


This command will take seconds to finish.It will end like below :

After the binaries have finished compiling, run the test command to make sure everything was built correctly. The server itself gives that as a Hint.

make test

Sometimes this command fails with some warning as below

!!! WARNING The following tests failed:

*** [err]: pending querybuf: check size of pending_querybuf after set a big valu e in tests/unit/pendingquerybuf.tcl
the used_memory of replica is much larger than master. Master:43876800 Replica:8 5820872
Cleanup: may take some time… OK
Makefile:330: recipe for target 'test' failed
make[1]: *** [test] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory '/tmp/redis-stable/src'
Makefile:6: recipe for target 'test' failed
make: *** [test] Error 2

In that case you can run this with sudo or re-run the make test.In my case it solved after rerunning the make command.For more info check

Even this test fails if the redis is running & active you can neglect this error.

Normally it will take some time to complete the command to finish.

Once the test completes, install the binaries onto the system by typing:

sudo make install

That is it for installing Redis.Now we need to create create a configuration directory.

The Redis configuration directory is conventionally located within the /etc/ directory, and you can create it there by typing:

sudo mkdir /etc/redis

Next, copy over the sample Redis configuration file that came included with our downloaded Redis source archive file :

sudo cp /tmp/redis-stable/redis.conf /etc/redis

Now Open the file with your preferred text editor to make a few changes to the configuration file :

sudo nano /etc/redis/redis.conf

Inside the file, find the supervised directive. This directive will help us to run Redis as a service . By default, it is the value set as no. We need to change as systemd since we are running it on ubuntu, which uses systemd init system

Next, find the dir directive. This option specifies the directory which Redis will use to dump persistent data. You need to change this to a location where Redis will have write permissions and which isn’t viewable by normal users.

Use the /var/lib/redis directory for this; you will create this directory and adjust its permissions later in Step 4:

Save and close the file when you are finished.

Step 3 — Creating a Redis systemd Unit File

In order to get more control to manage Redis, we can create a systemd unit file that will allow it to function as a systemd service. This will also have the benefit of making it easy to enable Redis to start up whenever our server boots.

Create and open the /etc/systemd/system/redis.service file to get started:

sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/redis.service

Add the below contents to this file

Description=Redis In-Memory Data Store
ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/redis-server /etc/redis/redis.conf
ExecStop=/usr/local/bin/redis-cli shutdown
  • [Unit] section by adding a description of the service and defining a requirement that networking must be available before it is started
  • The [Service] section is where you specify the service’s behavior. For security purposes, you should not run this service as root. You should instead use a dedicated user and group and, for simplicity, you can call both of these redis.To start the service, you just need to call the redis-server binary and point it at your configuration. To stop it, use the Redis shutdown command, which you can execute with the redis-cli binary. Also, since it’s desirable to have Redis recover from failures whenever possible, set the Restart directive to always
  • [Install] section is where we define the systemd target that the service should attach to if it’s enabled (meaning that it’s configured to start at boot)

Save and close the file when you are finished.

The Redis systemd unit file is all set. Before using this file, we must create the dedicated user and group we referenced in the [Service] section and grant them the permission they need to function.

Step 4 — Creating the Redis User, Group, and Directories

The last things we need to do before starting and testing Redis are to create the user, group, and directory that we referenced in the previous two files.

Begin by creating the redis user and group. We can do this in a single command by typing:

sudo adduser --system --group --no-create-home redis

Next, create the /var/lib/redis directory (which is referenced in the redis.conf file we created in Step 2) by typing:

sudo mkdir /var/lib/redis

Give the redis user and group ownership over this directory:

sudo chown redis:redis /var/lib/redis

Finally, adjust the permissions so that regular users cannot access this location:

sudo chmod 770 /var/lib/redis

Now we have put all setup Redis needs to function in place. We are now ready to start the Redis service and test its working

Step 5 — Starting and Testing Redis

Start the systemd service by typing:

sudo systemctl start redis

Check that the service has no errors by running:

sudo systemctl status redis

This will produce output similar to the following:

● redis.service – Redis In-Memory Data Store
Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/redis.service; disabled; vendor preset: enabled)
Active: active (running) since Fri 2020-07-24 13:57:37 UTC; 7s ago
Main PID: 23149 (redis-server)
Tasks: 5 (limit: 2329)
CGroup: /system.slice/redis.service
└─23149 /usr/local/bin/redis-server

Jul 24 13:57:37 ip-10-0-6-159 redis-server[23149]: 23149:M 24 Jul 2020 13:57:37.201 # Server initialized

Now test our redis service is working properly,connect to the Redis server with the command-line client:


You will get a prompt like:

test connectivity by typing ping ping 

This should return:


Next, check that you can set keys by typing: set test "It's working!"



Retrieve the test value by typing: get test

You should be able to retrieve the value you stored:

Output :

"It's working!"

Now we confirmed that Redis is working.Exit from the Redis prompt to our shell gain by running: exit

Now we would like to start Redis automatically on server boot up,so enable the systemd service :

sudo systemctl enable redis

With that, our Redis installation is fully operational.


In this tutorial, we installed, compiled, and built Redis latest stable version from its source code, configured it to run as a systemd service, and we validated that our Redis installation is functioning correctly

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