Async Redis client implementation, built on top of ReactPHP

v2.0.0 2017-09-20 14:13 UTC


Async Redis client implementation, built on top of ReactPHP.

Redis is an open source, advanced, in-memory key-value database. It offers a set of simple, atomic operations in order to work with its primitive data types. Its lightweight design and fast operation makes it an ideal candidate for modern application stacks. This library provides you a simple API to work with your Redis database from within PHP. It enables you to set and query its data or use its PubSub topics to react to incoming events.

  • Async execution of Commands - Send any number commands to Redis in parallel (automatic pipeline) and process their responses as soon as results come in. The Promise-based design provides a sane interface to working with async responses.
  • Event-driven core - Register your event handler callbacks to react to incoming events, such as an incoming PubSub message event.
  • Lightweight, SOLID design - Provides a thin abstraction that is just good enough and does not get in your way. Future or custom commands and events require no changes to be supported.
  • Good test coverage - Comes with an automated tests suite and is regularly tested against versions as old as Redis v2.6+

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Quickstart example

Once installed, you can use the following code to connect to your local Redis server and send some requests:

$loop = React\EventLoop\Factory::create();
$factory = new Factory($loop);

$factory->createClient('localhost')->then(function (Client $client) use ($loop) {
    $client->set('greeting', 'Hello world');
    $client->append('greeting', '!');
    $client->get('greeting')->then(function ($greeting) {
        // Hello world!
        echo $greeting . PHP_EOL;
    $client->incr('invocation')->then(function ($n) {
        echo 'This is invocation #' . $n . PHP_EOL;
    // end connection once all pending requests have been resolved


See also the examples.



The Factory is responsible for creating your Client instance. It also registers everything with the main EventLoop.

$loop = \React\EventLoop\Factory::create();
$factory = new Factory($loop);

If you need custom DNS, proxy or TLS settings, you can explicitly pass a custom instance of the ConnectorInterface:

$connector = new \React\Socket\Connector($loop, array(
    'dns' => '',
    'tcp' => array(
        'bindto' => ''
    'tls' => array(
        'verify_peer' => false,
        'verify_peer_name' => false

$factory = new Factory($loop, $connector);


The createClient($redisUri) method can be used to create a new Client. It helps with establishing a plain TCP/IP or secure TLS connection to Redis and optionally authenticating (AUTH) and selecting the right database (SELECT).

    function (Client $client) {
        // client connected (and authenticated)
    function (Exception $e) {
        // an error occurred while trying to connect (or authenticate) client

The $redisUri can be given in the standard form [redis[s]://][:auth@]host[:port][/db]. You can omit the URI scheme and port if you're connecting to the default port 6379:

// both are equivalent due to defaults being applied

Redis supports password-based authentication (AUTH command). Note that Redis' authentication mechanism does not employ a username, so you can pass the password h@llo URL-encoded (percent-encoded) as part of the URI like this:

// all forms are equivalent

You can optionally include a path that will be used to select (SELECT command) the right database:

// both forms are equivalent

You can use the standard rediss:// URI scheme if you're using a secure TLS proxy in front of Redis:



The Client is responsible for exchanging messages with Redis and keeps track of pending commands.


All Redis commands are automatically available as public methods like this:

$client->set($key, $value);
$client->expire($key, $seconds);
$client->mget($key1, $key2, $key3);


$client->publish($channel, $payload);


// many more…

Listing all available commands is out of scope here, please refer to the Redis command reference. All Redis commands are automatically available as public methods via the magic __call() method.

Each of these commands supports async operation and either resolves with its results or rejects with an Exception. Please see the following section about promises for more details.


Sending commands is async (non-blocking), so you can actually send multiple commands in parallel. Redis will respond to each command request with a response message, pending commands will be pipelined automatically.

Sending commands uses a Promise-based interface that makes it easy to react to when a command is fulfilled (i.e. either successfully resolved or rejected with an error):

$client->set('hello', 'world');
$client->get('hello')->then(function ($response) {
    // response received for GET command
    echo 'hello ' . $response;


The on($eventName, $eventHandler) method can be used to register a new event handler. Incoming events and errors will be forwarded to registered event handler callbacks:

// global events:
$client->on('close', function () {
    // the connection to Redis just closed
$client->on('error', function (Exception $e) {
    // and error has just been detected, the connection will terminate...

// pubsub events:
$client->on('message', function ($channel, $payload) {
    // pubsub message received on given $channel
$client->on('pmessage', function ($pattern, $channel, $payload) {
    // pubsub message received matching given $pattern
$client->on('subscribe', function ($channel, $total) {
    // subscribed to given $channel
$client->on('psubscribe', function ($pattern, $total) {
    // subscribed to matching given $pattern
$client->on('unsubscribe', function ($channel, $total) {
    // unsubscribed from given $channel
$client->on('punsubscribe', function ($pattern, $total) {
    // unsubscribed from matching given $pattern


The close() method can be used to force-close the Redis connection and reject all pending commands.


The end() method can be used to soft-close the Redis connection once all pending commands are completed.


The recommended way to install this library is through Composer. New to Composer?

This will install the latest supported version:

$ composer require clue/redis-react:^2.0

See also the CHANGELOG for details about version upgrades.

This project aims to run on any platform and thus does not require any PHP extensions and supports running on legacy PHP 5.3 through current PHP 7+ and HHVM. It's highly recommended to use PHP 7+ for this project.


To run the test suite, you first need to clone this repo and then install all dependencies through Composer:

$ composer install

To run the test suite, go to the project root and run:

$ php vendor/bin/phpunit

The test suite contains both unit tests and functional integration tests. The functional tests require access to a running Redis server instance and will be skipped by default. If you want to also run the functional tests, you need to supply your login details in an environment variable like this:

$ REDIS_URI=localhost:6379 php vendor/bin/phpunit