Redis is an in-memory data structure store, used as a database server, cache, and message broker. Redis is written in C programming language. It also provides PHP module for communication between PHP script with Redis server.
This tutorial will help you with the installation of Redis server along with PHP Redis PHP extensions on an Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04 and 14.04.
Step 1 – Prerequsities
Log in to your system with sudo privilege account using shell access, to which you need to install Redis.
Update the apt-get packages index files and also update existing packages to the newest versions by using the following commands:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
Step 2 – Installing Redis
The Redis packages are available under default apt repository. For the installation of Redis on an Ubuntu VPS. Run below command from the terminal to install Redis on your machine:
sudo apt-get install redis-server
Next is to enable Redis to start on system boot. Also restart Redis service once.
sudo systemctl enable redis-server.service
Step 3 – Install Redis PHP Extension
Now, if you need to use Redis from PHP application, you also need to install Redis PHP extension on your Ubuntu system. Run below command to install:
sudo apt-get install php-redis
Step 4 – Configure Redis as a Cache Server
Redis can be started without a configuration file using a built-in default configuration. But to make any extra parameter changes you can use its configuration file that is: /etc/redis/redis.conf. Edit the Redis configuration file in a text editor to make changes
sudo vim /etc/redis/redis.conf
Update the following values in Redis configuration file according to your requirement. You can increase max memory limit as per available on your server.
maxmemory 256mb maxmemory-policy allkeys-lru
The above configuration tells Redis to remove any key using the LRU algorithm when the max memory of 256mb is reached. Save the configuration file and restart the Redis service:
sudo systemctl restart redis-server.service
Step 5 – Test Connection to Redis Server
Use redis-cli tool to verify the connection between Redis server and redis-cli.
redis-cli 127.0.0.1:6379> pingPONG 127.0.0.1:6379>