Interactive Redis

IRedis is a terminal client for redis with auto-completion and syntax highlighting. IRedis lets you type Redis commands smoothly, and displays results in a user-friendly format.


IRedis is an alternative for redis-cli. In most cases, IRedis behaves exactly the same as redis-cli. Besides, it is safer to use IRedis on production servers than redis-cli: IRedis will prevent accidentally running dangerous commands, like KEYS * (see Redis docs / Latency generated by slow commands).


  • Advanced code completion. If you run command KEYS then run DEL, IRedis
    will auto-complete your command based on KEYS result.
  • Command validation. IRedis will validate command while you are typing, and
    highlight errors. E.g. try CLUSTER MEET IP PORT, IRedis will validate IP and
    PORT for you.
  • Command highlighting, fully based on redis grammar. Any valid command in
    IRedis shell is a valid redis command.
  • Human-friendly result display.
  • pipeline feature, you can use your favorite shell tools to parse redis'
    response, like get json | jq ..
  • Support pager for long output.
  • Support connection via URL, iredis --url redis://
  • Store server configuration: iredis -d prod-redis (see dsn for
  • peek command to check the key's type then automatically call
    get/lrange/sscan, etc, depending on types. You don't need to call the
    type command then type another command to get the value. peek will also
    display the key's length and memory usage.
  • Ctrl + C to cancel the current typed command, this won't
    exit IRedis, exactly like bash behaviour. Use Ctrl + D
    to send a EOF to exit IRedis.
  • Ctrl + R to open reverse-i-search to search through
    your command history.
  • Auto suggestions. (Like fish shell.)
  • Support --encode=utf-8, to decode Redis' bytes responses.
  • Command hint on bottom, include command syntax, supported redis version, and
    time complexity.
  • Official docs with built-in HELP command, try HELP SET!
  • Written in pure Python, but IRedis was packaged into a single binary with
    PyOxidizer, you can use cURL to
    download and run, it just works, even you don't have a Python interpreter.
  • Hide password for AUTH command.
  • Says "Goodbye!" to you when you exit!
  • For full features, please see:


Install via pip:

pip install iredis

pipx is recommended:

pipx install iredis

Or you can download the executable binary with cURL(or wget), untar, then run.
It is especially useful when you don't have a python interpreter(E.g. the
official Redis docker image which doesn't
have Python installed.):

wget \
 && tar -xzf iredis.tar.gz \
 && ./iredis

(Check the release page if you
want to download an old version of IRedis.)


Once you install IRedis, you will know how to use it. Just remember, IRedis
supports similar options like redis-cli, like -h for redis-server's host and
-p for port.

$ iredis --help

Using DSN

IRedis support storing server configuration in config file. Here is a DSN

staging=redis://username:[email protected]:6379/1

Put this in your iredisrc then connect via iredis -d staging or
iredis -d dev.


IRedis supports config files. Command-line options will always take precedence
over config. Configuration resolution from highest to lowest precedence is:

  • Options from command line
  • $PWD/.iredisrc
  • ~/.iredisrc (this path can be changed with iredis --iredisrc $YOUR_PATH)
  • /etc/iredisrc
  • default config in IRedis package.

You can copy the self-explained default config here:

And then make your own changes.

(If you are using an old versions of IRedis, please use the config file below,
and change the version in URL):


IRedis support unix/readline-style REPL keyboard shortcuts, which means keys
like Ctrl + F to forward work.


  • Ctrl + D (i.e. EOF) to exit; you can also use the exit
  • Ctrl + L to clear screen; you can also use the clear
  • Ctrl + X Ctrl + E to open an
    editor to edit command, or V in vi-mode.


Release Strategy

IRedis is built and released by GitHub Actions. Whenever a tag is pushed to the
master branch, a new release is built and uploaded to, it's very

Thus, we release as often as possible, so that users can always enjoy the new
features and bugfixes quickly. Any bugfix or new feature will get at least a
patch release, whereas big features will get a minor release.

Setup Environment

IRedis favors poetry as package
management tool. To setup a develop environment on your computer:

First, install poetry (you can do it in a python's virtualenv):

pip install poetry

Then run (which is similar to pip install -e .):

poetry install

Be careful running testcases locally, it may flush you db!!!

Development Logs

This is a command-line tool, so we don't write logs to stdout.

You can tail -f ~/.iredis.log to see logs, the log is pretty clear, you can
see what actually happens from log files.

Catch Up with Latest Redis-doc

IRedis use a git submodule to track current-up-to-date redis-doc version. To
catch up with latest:

  1. Git pull in redis-doc
  2. Copy doc files to /data: cp -r redis-doc/commands* iredis/data
  3. Prettier
    markdownprettier --prose-wrap always iredis/data/commands/*.md --write
  4. Check the diff, update IRedis' code if needed.