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Vert.x-redis is redis client to be used with Vert.x.

This module allows data to be saved, retrieved, searched for, and deleted in a Redis. 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. To use this module you must have a Redis server instance running on your network.

Redis has a rich API and it can be organized in the following groups:

  • Cluster - Commands related to cluster management, note that using most of these commands you will need a redis server with version >=3.0.0

  • Connection - Commands that allow you to switch DBs, connect, disconnect and authenticate to a server.

  • Hashes - Commands that allow operations on hashes.

  • HyperLogLog - Commands to approximating the number of distinct elements in a multiset, a HyperLogLog.

  • Keys - Commands to work with Keys.

  • List - Commands to work with Lists.

  • Pub/Sub - Commands to create queues and pub/sub clients.

  • Scripting - Commands to run Lua Scripts in redis.

  • Server - Commands to manage and get server configurations.

  • Sets - Commands to work with un ordered sets.

  • Sorted Sets - Commands to work with sorted sets.

  • Strings - Commands to work with Strings.

  • Transactions - Commands to handle transaction lifecycle.

Using Vert.x-Redis

To use the Vert.x Redis client, add the following dependency to the dependencies section of your build descriptor:

  • Maven (in your pom.xml):

  • Gradle (in your build.gradle file):

compile 'io.vertx:vertx-redis-client:3.8.4'

Connecting to Redis

The Redis client can operate in 3 distinct modes:

  • Simple client (probably what most users need).

  • Sentinel (when working with Redis in High Availability mode).

  • Cluster (when working with Redis in Clustered mode).

The connection mode is selected by the factory method on the Redis interface. Regardless of the mode the client can be configured using a RedisOptions data object. By default some configuration values are initialized with the following values:

  • netClientOptions: default is TcpKeepAlive: true, TcpNoDelay: true

  • endpoint: default is localhost:6379

  • masterName: default is mymaster

  • role default is MASTER

  • slaves default is NEVER

In order to obtain a connection use the following code:

Redis.createClient(vertx, new RedisOptions())
  .connect(onConnect -> {
    if (onConnect.succeeded()) {
      Redis client = onConnect.result();

In the configuration contains a password and/or a select database, these 2 commands will be executed automatically once a successful connection is established to the server.

RedisOptions options = new RedisOptions()

Redis.createClient(vertx, options)
  .connect(onConnect -> {
    if (onConnect.succeeded()) {
      Redis client = onConnect.result();

Running commands

Given that the redis client is connected to the server, all commands are now possible to execute using this module. The module offers a clean API for executing commands without the need to hand write the command itself, for example if one wants to get a value of a key it can be done as:

RedisAPI redis = RedisAPI.api(client);

redis.get("mykey", res -> {
  if (res.succeeded()) {
    // so something...

The response object is a generic type that allow converting from the basic redis types to your language types. For example, if your response is of type INTEGER then you can get the value as any numeric primitive type int, long, etc…​

Or you can perform more complex tasks such as handling responses as iterators:

if (response.type() == ResponseType.MULTI) {
  for (Response item : response) {
    // do something with item...

High Availability mode

To work with high availability mode the connection creation is quite similar:

  new RedisOptions()
    .addEndpoint(SocketAddress.inetSocketAddress(5000, ""))
    .addEndpoint(SocketAddress.inetSocketAddress(5001, ""))
    .addEndpoint(SocketAddress.inetSocketAddress(5002, ""))
  .connect(onConnect -> {
    // assuming we got a connection to the master node
    // query the info for the node
      .send(Request.cmd(Command.INFO), info -> {
        // do something...

What is important to notice is that in this mode, an extra connection is established to the server(s) and behind the scenes the client will listen for events from the sentinel. When the sentinel notifies that we switched masters, then an exception is send to the client and you can decide what to do next.

Cluster mode

To work with cluster the connection creation is quite similar:

final RedisOptions options = new RedisOptions()
  .addEndpoint(SocketAddress.inetSocketAddress(7000, ""))
  .addEndpoint(SocketAddress.inetSocketAddress(7001, ""))
  .addEndpoint(SocketAddress.inetSocketAddress(7002, ""))
  .addEndpoint(SocketAddress.inetSocketAddress(7003, ""))
  .addEndpoint(SocketAddress.inetSocketAddress(7004, ""))
  .addEndpoint(SocketAddress.inetSocketAddress(7005, ""));

In this case the configuration requires one of more members of the cluster to be known. This list will be used to ask the cluster for the current configuration, which means if any of the listed members is not available it will be skipped.

In cluster mode a connection is established to each node and special care is needed when executing commands. It is recommended to read redis manual in order to understand how clustering works. The client operating in this mode will do a best effort to identify which slot is used by the executed command in order to execute it on the right node. There could be cases where this isn’t possible to identify and in that case as a best effort the command will be run on a random node.

Pub/Sub mode

Redis supports queues and pub/sub mode, when operated in this mode once a connection invokes a subscriber mode then it cannot be used for running other commands than the command to leave that mode.

To start a subscriber one would do:

Redis.createClient(vertx, new RedisOptions())
  .connect(onConnect -> {
    if (onConnect.succeeded()) {
      Redis client = onConnect.result();

      client.handler(message -> {
        // do whatever you need to do with your message

And from another place in the code publish messages to the queue:

redis.send(Request.cmd(Command.PUBLISH).arg("channel1").arg("Hello World!"), res -> {
  if (res.succeeded()) {
    // published!

Domain Sockets

Most of the examples shown connecting to a TCP sockets, however it is also possible to use Redis connecting to a UNIX domain docket:

Redis.createClient(vertx, SocketAddress.domainSocketAddress("/tmp/redis.sock"))
  .connect(onConnect -> {
    if (onConnect.succeeded()) {
      Redis client = onConnect.result();

Be aware that HA and cluster modes report server addresses always on TCP addresses not domain sockets. So the combination is not possible. Not because of this client but how Redis works.

Implementing Reconnect on Error

A typical scenario is that a user will want to reconnect to the server whenever an error occurs. The automatic reconnect is not part of the redis client has it will force a behaviour that might not match the user expectations, for example:

  1. What should happen to current in-flight requests?

  2. Should the exception handler be invoked or not?

  3. What if the retry will also fail?

  4. Should the previous state (db, authentication, subscriptions) be restored?

  5. Etc…​

In order to give the user full flexibility, this decision should not be performed by the client. However a simple reconnect with backoff timeout could be implemented as follows:

class RedisVerticle extends AbstractVerticle {

  private static final int MAX_RECONNECT_RETRIES = 16;

  private RedisOptions options = new RedisOptions();
  private Redis client;

  public void start() {
    createRedisClient(onCreate -> {
      if (onCreate.succeeded()) {
        // connected to redis!

   * Will create a redis client and setup a reconnect handler when there is
   * an exception in the connection.
  private void createRedisClient(Handler<AsyncResult<Redis>> handler) {
    Redis.createClient(vertx, options)
      .connect(onConnect -> {
        if (onConnect.succeeded()) {
          client = onConnect.result();
          // make sure the client is reconnected on error
          client.exceptionHandler(e -> {
            // attempt to reconnect
        // allow further processing

   * Attempt to reconnect up to MAX_RECONNECT_RETRIES
  private void attemptReconnect(int retry) {
    if (retry > MAX_RECONNECT_RETRIES) {
      // we should stop now, as there's nothing we can do.
    } else {
      // retry with backoff up to 1280ms
      long backoff = (long) (Math.pow(2, MAX_RECONNECT_RETRIES - Math.max(MAX_RECONNECT_RETRIES - retry, 9)) * 10);

      vertx.setTimer(backoff, timer -> createRedisClient(onReconnect -> {
        if (onReconnect.failed()) {
          attemptReconnect(retry + 1);

In this example the client object will be replaced on reconnect and the application will retry up to 16 times with a backoff up to 1280ms. By discarding the client we ensure that all old inflight responses are lost and all new ones will be on the new connection.