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A robust, performance-focused and full-featured Redis client for Node.js.

Supports Redis >= 2.6.12 and (Node.js >= 6).


ioredis is a robust, full-featured Redis client that is used in the world's biggest online commerce company Alibaba and many other awesome companies.

  1. Full-featured. It supports Cluster, Sentinel, Streams, Pipelining and of course Lua scripting & Pub/Sub (with the support of binary messages).
  2. High performance.
  3. Delightful API. It works with Node callbacks and Native promises.
  4. Transformation of command arguments and replies.
  5. Transparent key prefixing.
  6. Abstraction for Lua scripting, allowing you to define custom commands.
  7. Support for binary data.
  8. Support for TLS.
  9. Support for offline queue and ready checking.
  10. Support for ES6 types, such as
  11. Support for GEO commands (Redis 3.2 Unstable).
  12. Sophisticated error handling strategy.
  13. Support for NAT mapping.


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Quick Start


$ npm install ioredis

Basic Usage

const Redis = require("ioredis"); const redis = new Redis(); // uses defaults unless given configuration object // ioredis supports all Redis commands: redis.set("foo", "bar"); // returns promise which resolves to string, "OK" // the format is: redis[SOME\_REDIS\_COMMAND\_IN\_LOWERCASE](ARGUMENTS\_ARE\_JOINED\_INTO\_COMMAND\_STRING) // the js: ` redis.set("mykey", "Hello") ` is equivalent to the cli: ` redis\> SET mykey "Hello" ` // ioredis supports the node.js callback style redis.get("foo", function (err, result) { if (err) { console.error(err); } else { console.log(result); // Promise resolves to "bar" } }); // Or ioredis returns a promise if the last argument isn't a function redis.get("foo").then(function (result) { console.log(result); // Prints "bar" }); // Most responses are strings, or arrays of strings redis.zadd("sortedSet", 1, "one", 2, "dos", 4, "quatro", 3, "three"); redis.zrange("sortedSet", 0, 2, "WITHSCORES").then((res) =\> console.log(res)); // Promise resolves to ["one", "1", "dos", "2", "three", "3"] as if the command was ` redis\> ZRANGE sortedSet 0 2 WITHSCORES ` // All arguments are passed directly to the redis server: redis.set("key", 100, "EX", 10);

See the


folder for more examples.

Connect to Redis

When a new


instance is created, a connection to Redis will be created at the same time. You can specify which Redis to connect to by:

new Redis(); // Connect to new Redis(6380); // new Redis(6379, ""); // new Redis("/tmp/redis.sock"); new Redis({ port: 6379, // Redis port host: "", // Redis host family: 4, // 4 (IPv4) or 6 (IPv6) password: "auth", db: 0, });

You can also specify connection options as a [


URL]( or [


URL]( when using TLS encryption:

// Connect to, db 4, using password "authpassword": new Redis("redis://:[email protected]:6380/4");

See API Documentation for all available options.


Here is a simple example of the API for publish/subscribe. The following program opens two client connections. It subscribes to a channel with one connection and publishes to that channel with the other:

var Redis = require("ioredis"); var redis = new Redis(); var pub = new Redis(); redis.subscribe("news", "music", function (err, count) { // Now we are subscribed to both the 'news' and 'music' channels. // `count` represents the number of channels we are currently subscribed to. pub.publish("news", "Hello world!"); pub.publish("music", "Hello again!"); }); redis.on("message", function (channel, message) { // Receive message Hello world! from channel news // Receive message Hello again! from channel music console.log("Receive message %s from channel %s", message, channel); }); // There's also an event called 'messageBuffer', which is the same as 'message' except // it returns buffers instead of strings. redis.on("messageBuffer", function (channel, message) { // Both `channel` and `message` are buffers. });

is also supported in a similar way:

redis.psubscribe("pat?ern", function (err, count) {}); redis.on("pmessage", function (pattern, channel, message) {}); redis.on("pmessageBuffer", function (pattern, channel, message) {});

When a client issues a SUBSCRIBE or PSUBSCRIBE, that connection is put into a "subscriber" mode. At that point, only commands that modify the subscription set are valid. When the subscription set is empty, the connection is put back into regular mode.

If you need to send regular commands to Redis while in subscriber mode, just open another connection.

Handle Binary Data

Arguments can be buffers:

redis.set("foo", Buffer.from("bar"));

And every command has a method that returns a Buffer (by adding a suffix of "Buffer" to the command name). To get a buffer instead of a utf8 string:

redis.getBuffer("foo", function (err, result) { // result is a buffer. });


If you want to send a batch of commands (e.g. > 5), you can use pipelining to queue the commands in memory and then send them to Redis all at once. This way the performance improves by 50%~300% (See benchmark section).


creates a


instance. You can call any Redis commands on it just like the


instance. The commands are queued in memory and flushed to Redis by calling the



var pipeline = redis.pipeline(); pipeline.set("foo", "bar"); pipeline.del("cc"); pipeline.exec(function (err, results) { // `err` is always null, and `results` is an array of responses // corresponding to the sequence of queued commands. // Each response follows the format `[err, result]`. }); // You can even chain the commands: redis .pipeline() .set("foo", "bar") .del("cc") .exec(function (err, results) {}); // `exec` also returns a Promise: var promise = redis.pipeline().set("foo", "bar").get("foo").exec(); promise.then(function (result) { // result === [[null, 'OK'], [null, 'bar']] });

Each chained command can also have a callback, which will be invoked when the command gets a reply:

redis .pipeline() .set("foo", "bar") .get("foo", function (err, result) { // result === 'bar' }) .exec(function (err, result) { // result[1][1] === 'bar' });

In addition to adding commands to the


queue individually, you can also pass an array of commands and arguments to the constructor:

redis .pipeline([["set", "foo", "bar"], ["get", "foo"], ]) .exec(function () { /\* ... \*/ });

property shows how many commands in the pipeline:

const length = redis.pipeline().set("foo", "bar").get("foo").length; // length === 2


Most of the time, the transaction commands




are used together with pipeline. Therefore, when


is called, a


instance is created automatically by default, so you can use


just like



redis .multi() .set("foo", "bar") .get("foo") .exec(function (err, results) { // results === [[null, 'OK'], [null, 'bar']] });

If there's a syntax error in the transaction's command chain (e.g. wrong number of arguments, wrong command name, etc), then none of the commands would be executed, and an error is returned:

redis .multi() .set("foo") .set("foo", "new value") .exec(function (err, results) { // err: // { [ReplyError: EXECABORT Transaction discarded because of previous errors.] // name: 'ReplyError', // message: 'EXECABORT Transaction discarded because of previous errors.', // command: { name: 'exec', args: [] }, // previousErrors: // [{ [ReplyError: ERR wrong number of arguments for 'set' command] // name: 'ReplyError', // message: 'ERR wrong number of arguments for \'set\' command', // command: [Object] } ] } });

In terms of the interface,


differs from


in that when specifying a callback to each chained command, the queueing state is passed to the callback instead of the result of the command:

redis .multi() .set("foo", "bar", function (err, result) { // result === 'QUEUED' }) .exec(/\* ... \*/);

If you want to use transaction without pipeline, pass

{ pipeline: false }



, and every command will be sent to Redis immediately without waiting for an



redis.multi({ pipeline: false }); redis.set("foo", "bar"); redis.get("foo"); redis.exec(function (err, result) { // result === [[null, 'OK'], [null, 'bar']] });

The constructor of


also accepts a batch of commands:

redis .multi([["set", "foo", "bar"], ["get", "foo"], ]) .exec(function () { /\* ... \*/ });

Inline transactions are supported by pipeline, which means you can group a subset of commands in the pipeline into a transaction:

redis .pipeline() .get("foo") .multi() .set("foo", "bar") .get("foo") .exec() .get("foo") .exec();

Lua Scripting

ioredis supports all of the scripting commands such as






. However, it's tedious to use in real world scenarios since developers have to take care of script caching and to detect when to use


and when to use


. ioredis exposes a


method to make scripting much easier to use:

var redis = new Redis(); // This will define a command echo: redis.defineCommand("echo", { numberOfKeys: 2, lua: "return {KEYS[1],KEYS[2],ARGV[1],ARGV[2]}", }); // Now `echo` can be used just like any other ordinary command, // and ioredis will try to use `EVALSHA` internally when possible for better performance. redis.echo("k1", "k2", "a1", "a2", function (err, result) { // result === ['k1', 'k2', 'a1', 'a2'] }); // `echoBuffer` is also defined automatically to return buffers instead of strings: redis.echoBuffer("k1", "k2", "a1", "a2", function (err, result) { // result[0] equals to Buffer.from('k1'); }); // And of course it works with pipeline: redis.pipeline().set("foo", "bar").echo("k1", "k2", "a1", "a2").exec();

If the number of keys can't be determined when defining a command, you can omit the


property and pass the number of keys as the first argument when you call the command:

redis.defineCommand("echoDynamicKeyNumber", { lua: "return {KEYS[1],KEYS[2],ARGV[1],ARGV[2]}", }); // Now you have to pass the number of keys as the first argument every time // you invoke the `echoDynamicKeyNumber` command: redis.echoDynamicKeyNumber(2, "k1", "k2", "a1", "a2", function (err, result) { // result === ['k1', 'k2', 'a1', 'a2'] });

Transparent Key Prefixing

This feature allows you to specify a string that will automatically be prepended to all the keys in a command, which makes it easier to manage your key namespaces.

Warning This feature won't apply to commands like KEYS and SCAN that take patterns rather than actual keys(#239), and this feature also won't apply to the replies of commands even they are key names (#325).

var fooRedis = new Redis({ keyPrefix: "foo:" }); fooRedis.set("bar", "baz"); // Actually sends SET foo:bar baz fooRedis.defineCommand("echo", { numberOfKeys: 2, lua: "return {KEYS[1],KEYS[2],ARGV[1],ARGV[2]}", }); // Works well with pipelining/transaction fooRedis .pipeline() // Sends SORT foo:list BY foo:weight\_\*-\>fieldname .sort("list", "BY", "weight\_\*-\>fieldname") // Supports custom commands // Sends EVALSHA xxx foo:k1 foo:k2 a1 a2 .echo("k1", "k2", "a1", "a2") .exec();

Transforming Arguments & Replies

Most Redis commands take one or more Strings as arguments, and replies are sent back as a single String or an Array of Strings. However, sometimes you may want something different. For instance, it would be more convenient if the


command returns a hash (e.g.

{ key: val1, key2: v2 }

) rather than an array of key values (e.g.

[key1, val1, key2, val2]


ioredis has a flexible system for transforming arguments and replies. There are two types of transformers, argument transformer and reply transformer:

var Redis = require("ioredis"); // Here's the built-in argument transformer converting // hmset('key', { k1: 'v1', k2: 'v2' }) // or // hmset('key', new Map([['k1', 'v1'], ['k2', 'v2']])) // into // hmset('key', 'k1', 'v1', 'k2', 'v2') Redis.Command.setArgumentTransformer("hmset", function (args) { if (args.length === 2) { if (typeof Map !== "undefined" && args[1] instanceof Map) { // utils is a internal module of ioredis return [args[0]].concat(utils.convertMapToArray(args[1])); } if (typeof args[1] === "object" && args[1] !== null) { return [args[0]].concat(utils.convertObjectToArray(args[1])); } } return args; }); // Here's the built-in reply transformer converting the HGETALL reply // ['k1', 'v1', 'k2', 'v2'] // into // { k1: 'v1', 'k2': 'v2' } Redis.Command.setReplyTransformer("hgetall", function (result) { if (Array.isArray(result)) { var obj = {}; for (var i = 0; i \< result.length; i += 2) { obj[result[i]] = result[i + 1]; } return obj; } return result; });

There are three built-in transformers, two argument transformers for




and a reply transformer for


. Transformers for




were mentioned above, and the transformer for


is similar to the one for



redis.mset({ k1: "v1", k2: "v2" }); redis.get("k1", function (err, result) { // result === 'v1'; }); redis.mset( new Map([["k3", "v3"], ["k4", "v4"], ]) ); redis.get("k3", function (err, result) { // result === 'v3'; });

Another useful example of a reply transformer is one that changes


to return array of arrays instead of objects which avoids a unwanted conversation of hash keys to strings when dealing with binary hash keys:

Redis.Command.setReplyTransformer("hgetall", function (result) { var arr = []; for (var i = 0; i \< result.length; i += 2) { arr.push([result[i], result[i + 1]]); } return arr; }); redis.hset("h1", Buffer.from([0x01]), Buffer.from([0x02])); redis.hset("h1", Buffer.from([0x03]), Buffer.from([0x04])); redis.hgetallBuffer("h1", function (err, result) { // result === [[ <buffer>, <buffer>], [<buffer>, <buffer>] ];


Redis supports the MONITOR command, which lets you see all commands received by the Redis server across all client connections, including from other client libraries and other computers.



method returns a monitor instance. After you send the MONITOR command, no other commands are valid on that connection. ioredis will emit a monitor event for every new monitor message that comes across. The callback for the monitor event takes a timestamp from the Redis server and an array of command arguments.

Here is a simple example:

redis.monitor(function (err, monitor) { monitor.on("monitor", function (time, args, source, database) {}); });

Here is another example illustrating an


function and



async () =\> { const monitor = await redis.monitor(); monitor.on("monitor", console.log); // Any other tasks monitor.disconnect(); };

Streamify Scanning

Redis 2.8 added the


command to incrementally iterate through the keys in the database. It's different from


in that


only returns a small number of elements each call, so it can be used in production without the downside of blocking the server for a long time. However, it requires recording the cursor on the client side each time the


command is called in order to iterate through all the keys correctly. Since it's a relatively common use case, ioredis provides a streaming interface for the


command to make things much easier. A readable stream can be created by calling



var redis = new Redis(); // Create a readable stream (object mode) var stream = redis.scanStream(); stream.on("data", function (resultKeys) { // `resultKeys` is an array of strings representing key names. // Note that resultKeys may contain 0 keys, and that it will sometimes // contain duplicates due to SCAN's implementation in Redis. for (var i = 0; i \< resultKeys.length; i++) { console.log(resultKeys[i]); } }); stream.on("end", function () { console.log("all keys have been visited"); });

accepts an option, with which you can specify the


pattern and the



var stream = redis.scanStream({ // only returns keys following the pattern of `user:*` match: "user:\*", // returns approximately 100 elements per call count: 100, });

Just like other commands,


has a binary version


, which returns an array of buffers. It's useful when the key names are not utf8 strings.

There are also






to iterate through elements in a hash, zset and set. The interface of each is similar to


except the first argument is the key name:

var stream = redis.hscanStream("myhash", { match: "age:??", });

You can learn more from the Redis documentation.

Useful TipsIt's pretty common that doing an async task in the


handler. We'd like the scanning process to be paused until the async task to be finished.




do the trick. For example if we want to migrate data in Redis to MySQL:

var stream = redis.scanStream(); stream.on("data", function (resultKeys) { // Pause the stream from scanning more keys until we've migrated the current keys. stream.pause(); Promise.all( =\> { // Resume the stream here. stream.resume(); }); }); stream.on("end", function () { console.log("done migration"); });


By default, ioredis will try to reconnect when the connection to Redis is lost except when the connection is closed manually by





It's very flexible to control how long to wait to reconnect after disconnection using the



var redis = new Redis({ // This is the default value of `retryStrategy` retryStrategy: function (times) { var delay = Math.min(times \* 50, 2000); return delay; }, });

is a function that will be called when the connection is lost. The argument


means this is the nth reconnection being made and the return value represents how long (in ms) to wait to reconnect. When the return value isn't a number, ioredis will stop trying to reconnect, and the connection will be lost forever if the user doesn't call



When reconnected, the client will auto subscribe to channels that the previous connection subscribed to. This behavior can be disabled by setting the


option to



And if the previous connection has some unfulfilled commands (most likely blocking commands such as




), the client will resend them when reconnected. This behavior can be disabled by setting the


option to



By default, all pending commands will be flushed with an error every 20 retry attempts. That makes sure commands won't wait forever when the connection is down. You can change this behavior by setting



var redis = new Redis({ maxRetriesPerRequest: 1, });

Set maxRetriesPerRequest to


to disable this behavior, and every command will wait forever until the connection is alive again (which is the default behavior before ioredis v4).

Reconnect on error

Besides auto-reconnect when the connection is closed, ioredis supports reconnecting on the specified errors by the


option. Here's an example that will reconnect when receiving



var redis = new Redis({ reconnectOnError: function (err) { var targetError = "READONLY"; if (err.message.includes(targetError)) { // Only reconnect when the error contains "READONLY" return true; // or `return 1;` } }, });

This feature is useful when using Amazon ElastiCache. Once failover happens, Amazon ElastiCache will switch the master we currently connected with to a slave, leading to the following writes fails with the error


. Using


, we can force the connection to reconnect on this error in order to connect to the new master.

Furthermore, if the




, ioredis will resend the failed command after reconnecting.

Connection Events

The Redis instance will emit some events about the state of the connection to the Redis server.

| Event | Description | | :----------- | :---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | | connect | emits when a connection is established to the Redis server. | | ready | If




, client will emit


when the server reports that it is ready to receive commands (e.g. finish loading data from disk).


will be emitted immediately right after the


event. | | error | emits when an error occurs while connecting.
However, ioredis emits all


events silently (only emits when there's at least one listener) so that your application won't crash if you're not listening to the


event. | | close | emits when an established Redis server connection has closed. | | reconnecting | emits after


when a reconnection will be made. The argument of the event is the time (in ms) before reconnecting. | | end | emits after


when no more reconnections will be made, or the connection is failed to establish. |

You can also check out the


property to get the current connection status.

Besides the above connection events, there are several other custom events:

| Event | Description | | :----- | :------------------------------------------------------------------ | | select | emits when the database changed. The argument is the new db number. |

Offline Queue

When a command can't be processed by Redis (being sent before the


event), by default, it's added to the offline queue and will be executed when it can be processed. You can disable this feature by setting the


option to



var redis = new Redis({ enableOfflineQueue: false });

TLS Options

Redis doesn't support TLS natively, however if the redis server you want to connect to is hosted behind a TLS proxy (e.g. stunnel) or is offered by a PaaS service that supports TLS connection (e.g. Redis Labs), you can set the



var redis = new Redis({ host: "localhost", tls: { // Refer to `tls.connect()` section in // // for all supported options ca: fs.readFileSync("cert.pem"), }, });

Alternatively, specify the connection through a [



var redis = new Redis("rediss://");


ioredis supports Sentinel out of the box. It works transparently as all features that work when you connect to a single node also work when you connect to a sentinel group. Make sure to run Redis >= 2.8.12 if you want to use this feature. Sentinels have a default port of 26379.

To connect using Sentinel, use:

var redis = new Redis({ sentinels: [{ host: "localhost", port: 26379 }, { host: "localhost", port: 26380 },], name: "mymaster", }); redis.set("foo", "bar");

The arguments passed to the constructor are different from the ones you use to connect to a single node, where:

  • name
    identifies a group of Redis instances composed of a master and one or more slaves (
    in the example);
  • sentinelPassword
    (optional) password for Sentinel instances.
  • sentinels
    are a list of sentinels to connect to. The list does not need to enumerate all your sentinel instances, but a few so that if one is down the client will try the next one.
  • role
    (optional) with a value of
    will return a random slave from the Sentinel group.
  • preferredSlaves
    (optional) can be used to prefer a particular slave or set of slaves based on priority. It accepts a function or array.

ioredis guarantees that the node you connected to is always a master even after a failover. When a failover happens, instead of trying to reconnect to the failed node (which will be demoted to slave when it's available again), ioredis will ask sentinels for the new master node and connect to it. All commands sent during the failover are queued and will be executed when the new connection is established so that none of the commands will be lost.

It's possible to connect to a slave instead of a master by specifying the option


with the value of


and ioredis will try to connect to a random slave of the specified master, with the guarantee that the connected node is always a slave. If the current node is promoted to master due to a failover, ioredis will disconnect from it and ask the sentinels for another slave node to connect to.

If you specify the option


along with

role: 'slave'

ioredis will attempt to use this value when selecting the slave from the pool of available slaves. The value of


should either be a function that accepts an array of available slaves and returns a single result, or an array of slave values priorities by the lowest


value first with a default value of



// available slaves format var availableSlaves = [{ ip: "", port: "31231", flags: "slave" }]; // preferredSlaves array format var preferredSlaves = [{ ip: "", port: "31231", prio: 1 }, { ip: "", port: "31232", prio: 2 },]; // preferredSlaves function format preferredSlaves = function (availableSlaves) { for (var i = 0; i \< availableSlaves.length; i++) { var slave = availableSlaves[i]; if (slave.ip === "") { if (slave.port === "31234") { return slave; } } } // if no preferred slaves are available a random one is used return false; }; var redis = new Redis({ sentinels: [{ host: "", port: 26379 }, { host: "", port: 26380 },], name: "mymaster", role: "slave", preferredSlaves: preferredSlaves, });

Besides the


option, there's also a


in Sentinel mode which will be invoked when all the sentinel nodes are unreachable during connecting. If


returns a valid delay time, ioredis will try to reconnect from scratch. The default value of



function (times) { var delay = Math.min(times \* 10, 1000); return delay; }


Redis Cluster provides a way to run a Redis installation where data is automatically sharded across multiple Redis nodes. You can connect to a Redis Cluster like this:

var Redis = require("ioredis"); var cluster = new Redis.Cluster([{ port: 6380, host: "", }, { port: 6381, host: "", },]); cluster.set("foo", "bar"); cluster.get("foo", function (err, res) { // res === 'bar' });

constructor accepts two arguments, where:

  1. The first argument is a list of nodes of the cluster you want to connect to. Just like Sentinel, the list does not need to enumerate all your cluster nodes, but a few so that if one is unreachable the client will try the next one, and the client will discover other nodes automatically when at least one node is connected.
  2. The second argument is the options, where:
- `clusterRetryStrategy`: When none of the startup nodes are reachable, `clusterRetryStrategy` will be invoked. When a number is returned, ioredis will try to reconnect to the startup nodes from scratch after the specified delay (in ms). Otherwise, an error of "None of startup nodes is available" will be returned. The default value of this option is: ```javascript function (times) { var delay = Math.min(100 + times * 2, 2000); return delay; } ``` It's possible to modify the `startupNodes` property in order to switch to another set of nodes here: ```javascript function (times) { this.startupNodes = [{ port: 6790, host: '' }]; return Math.min(100 + times * 2, 2000); } ``` - `dnsLookup`: Alternative DNS lookup function (`dns.lookup()` is used by default). It may be useful to override this in special cases, such as when AWS ElastiCache used with TLS enabled. - `enableOfflineQueue`: Similar to the `enableOfflineQueue` option of `Redis` class. - `enableReadyCheck`: When enabled, "ready" event will only be emitted when `CLUSTER INFO` command reporting the cluster is ready for handling commands. Otherwise, it will be emitted immediately after "connect" is emitted. - `scaleReads`: Config where to send the read queries. See below for more details. - `maxRedirections`: When a cluster related error (e.g. `MOVED`, `ASK` and `CLUSTERDOWN` etc.) is received, the client will redirect the command to another node. This option limits the max redirections allowed when sending a command. The default value is `16`. - `retryDelayOnFailover`: If the target node is disconnected when sending a command, ioredis will retry after the specified delay. The default value is `100`. You should make sure `retryDelayOnFailover * maxRedirections \> cluster-node-timeout` to insure that no command will fail during a failover. - `retryDelayOnClusterDown`: When a cluster is down, all commands will be rejected with the error of `CLUSTERDOWN`. If this option is a number (by default, it is `100`), the client will resend the commands after the specified time (in ms). - `retryDelayOnTryAgain`: If this option is a number (by default, it is `100`), the client will resend the commands rejected with `TRYAGAIN` error after the specified time (in ms). - `redisOptions`: Default options passed to the constructor of `Redis` when connecting to a node. - `slotsRefreshTimeout`: Milliseconds before a timeout occurs while refreshing slots from the cluster (default `1000`) - `slotsRefreshInterval`: Milliseconds between every automatic slots refresh (default `5000`)

Read-write splitting

A typical redis cluster contains three or more masters and several slaves for each master. It's possible to scale out redis cluster by sending read queries to slaves and write queries to masters by setting the




is "master" by default, which means ioredis will never send any queries to slaves. There are other three available options:

  1. "all": Send write queries to masters and read queries to masters or slaves randomly.
  2. "slave": Send write queries to masters and read queries to slaves.
  3. a custom
    function(nodes, command): node
    : Will choose the custom function to select to which node to send read queries (write queries keep being sent to master). The first node in
    is always the master serving the relevant slots. If the function returns an array of nodes, a random node of that list will be selected.

For example:

var cluster = new Redis.Cluster( [/\* nodes \*/], { scaleReads: "slave", } ); cluster.set("foo", "bar"); // This query will be sent to one of the masters. cluster.get("foo", function (err, res) { // This query will be sent to one of the slaves. });

NB In the code snippet above, the


may not be equal to "bar" because of the lag of replication between the master and slaves.

Running commands to multiple nodes

Every command will be sent to exactly one node. For commands containing keys, (e.g.






), ioredis sends them to the node that serving the keys, and for other commands not containing keys, (e.g.






), ioredis sends them to a random node.

Sometimes you may want to send a command to multiple nodes (masters or slaves) of the cluster, you can get the nodes via




accepts a parameter role, which can be "master", "slave" and "all" (default), and returns an array of


instance. For example:

// Send `FLUSHDB` command to all slaves: var slaves = cluster.nodes("slave"); Promise.all( (node) { return node.flushdb(); }) ); // Get keys of all the masters: var masters = cluster.nodes("master"); Promise.all( (node) { return node.keys(); }) ).then(function (keys) { // keys: [['key1', 'key2'], ['key3', 'key4']] });

NAT Mapping

Sometimes the cluster is hosted within a internal network that can only be accessed via a NAT (Network Address Translation) instance. See Accessing ElastiCache from outside AWS as an example.

You can specify nat mapping rules via



const cluster = new Redis.Cluster( [{ host: "", port: 30001, },], { natMap: { "": { host: "", port: 30001 }, "": { host: "", port: 30002 }, "": { host: "", port: 30003 }, }, } );

This option is also useful when the cluster is running inside a Docker container.

Transaction and pipeline in Cluster mode

Almost all features that are supported by


are also supported by


, e.g. custom commands, transaction and pipeline. However there are some differences when using transaction and pipeline in Cluster mode:

  1. All keys in a pipeline should belong to the same slot since ioredis sends all commands in a pipeline to the same node.
  2. You can't use
    without pipeline (aka
    cluster.multi({ pipeline: false })
    ). This is because when you call
    cluster.multi({ pipeline: false })
    , ioredis doesn't know which node the
    command should be sent to.
  3. Chaining custom commands in the pipeline is not supported in Cluster mode.

When any commands in a pipeline receives a




error, ioredis will resend the whole pipeline to the specified node automatically if all of the following conditions are satisfied:

  1. All errors received in the pipeline are the same. For example, we won't resend the pipeline if we got two
    errors pointing to different nodes.
  2. All commands executed successfully are readonly commands. This makes sure that resending the pipeline won't have side effects.


Pub/Sub in cluster mode works exactly as the same as in standalone mode. Internally, when a node of the cluster receives a message, it will broadcast the message to the other nodes. ioredis makes sure that each message will only be received once by strictly subscribing one node at the same time.

var nodes = [/\* nodes \*/]; var pub = new Redis.Cluster(nodes); var sub = new Redis.Cluster(nodes); sub.on("message", function (channel, message) { console.log(channel, message); }); sub.subscribe("news", function () { pub.publish("news", "highlights"); });


| Event | Description | | :----------- | :--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | | connect | emits when a connection is established to the Redis server. | | ready | emits when


reporting the cluster is able to receive commands (if




) or immediately after


event (if


is false). | | error | emits when an error occurs while connecting with a property of


representing the last node error received. This event is emitted silently (only emitting if there's at least one listener). | | close | emits when an established Redis server connection has closed. | | reconnecting | emits after


when a reconnection will be made. The argument of the event is the time (in ms) before reconnecting. | | end | emits after


when no more reconnections will be made. | | +node | emits when a new node is connected. | | -node | emits when a node is disconnected. | | node error | emits when an error occurs when connecting to a node. The second argument indicates the address of the node. |


Setting the


option to access password-protected clusters:

var Redis = require("ioredis"); var cluster = new Redis.Cluster(nodes, { redisOptions: { password: "your-cluster-password", }, });

If some of nodes in the cluster using a different password, you should specify them in the first parameter:

var Redis = require("ioredis"); var cluster = new Redis.Cluster( [// Use password "password-for-30001" for 30001 { port: 30001, password: "password-for-30001" }, // Don't use password when accessing 30002 { port: 30002, password: null }, // Other nodes will use "fallback-password"], { redisOptions: { password: "fallback-password", }, } );

Special note: AWS ElastiCache Clusters with TLS

AWS ElastiCache for Redis (Clustered Mode) supports TLS encryption. If you use this, you may encounter errors with invalid certificates. To resolve this issue, construct the


with the


option as follows:

var cluster = new Redis.Cluster( [{ host: "", port: 6379, },], { dnsLookup: (address, callback) =\> callback(null, address), redisOptions: { tls: {}, }, } );

Error Handling

All the errors returned by the Redis server are instances of


, which can be accessed via



var Redis = require("ioredis"); var redis = new Redis(); // This command causes a reply error since the SET command requires two arguments. redis.set("foo", function (err) { err instanceof Redis.ReplyError; });

This is the error stack of the



ReplyError: ERR wrong number of arguments for 'set' command at ReplyParser.\_parseResult (/app/node\_modules/ioredis/lib/parsers/javascript.js:60:14) at ReplyParser.execute (/app/node\_modules/ioredis/lib/parsers/javascript.js:178:20) at Socket.<anonymous> (/app/node_modules/ioredis/lib/redis/event_handler.js:99:22)
    at Socket.emit (events.js:97:17)
    at readableAddChunk (_stream_readable.js:143:16)
    at Socket.Readable.push (_stream_readable.js:106:10)
    at TCP.onread (net.js:509:20)

By default, the error stack doesn't make any sense because the whole stack happens in the ioredis module itself, not in your code. So it's not easy to find out where the error happens in your code. ioredis provides an option


to solve the problem. When you enable


, ioredis will optimize the error stack for you:

var Redis = require("ioredis"); var redis = new Redis({ showFriendlyErrorStack: true }); redis.set("foo");

And the output will be:

ReplyError: ERR wrong number of arguments for 'set' command at Object.<anonymous> (/app/index.js:3:7)
    at Module._compile (module.js:446:26)
    at Object.Module._extensions..js (module.js:464:10)
    at Module.load (module.js:341:32)
    at Function.Module._load (module.js:296:12)
    at Function.Module.runMain (module.js:487:10)
    at startup (node.js:111:16)
    at node.js:799:3

This time the stack tells you that the error happens on the third line in your code. Pretty sweet! However, it would decrease the performance significantly to optimize the error stack. So by default, this option is disabled and can only be used for debugging purposes. You shouldn't use this feature in a production environment.

Plugging in your own Promises Library

If you're an advanced user, you may want to plug in your own promise library like bluebird. Just set Redis.Promise to your favorite ES6-style promise constructor and ioredis will use it.

const Redis = require("ioredis"); Redis.Promise = require("bluebird"); const redis = new Redis(); // Use bluebird assert.equal(redis.get().constructor, require("bluebird")); // You can change the Promise implementation at any time: Redis.Promise = global.Promise; assert.equal(redis.get().constructor, global.Promise);

Running tests

Start a Redis server on, and then:

$ npm test

will be invoked after each test, so make sure there's no valuable data in it before running tests.

If your testing environment does not let you spin up a Redis server ioredis-mock is a drop-in replacement you can use in your tests. It aims to behave identically to ioredis connected to a Redis server so that your integration tests is easier to write and of better quality.


You can set the


env to


to print debug info:

$ DEBUG=ioredis:\* node app.js

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