Redis (Object cache)

Redis is a high-performance in-memory object store, well-suited for application level caching.

See the Redis documentation for more information. supports two different Redis configurations: One persistent (useful for key-value application data) and one ephemeral (in-memory only, useful for application caching). Aside from that distinction they are identical.

Supported versions

  • 2.8 (ephemeral only)
  • 3.0
  • 3.2

note Versions 3.0 and higher support up to 64 different databases per instance of the service, but Redis 2.8 is configured to support only a single database

Ephemeral Redis

The redis service type, available for all supported Redis versions, is configured to serve as a LRU cache with the eviction policy allkeys-lru - its storage is not persistent. It is not suitable for use except as a disposable cache.

To add an Ephemeral Redis service, specify it in your .platform/services.yaml file like so:

    type: redis:3.2

Data in an Ephemeral Redis instance is stored only in memory, and thus requires no disk space. When the service hits its memory limit it will automatically evict old cache items to make room for new ones.

Persistent Redis

The redis-persistent service type, available only for Redis 3.0 and higher, is configured for persistent storage. That makes it a good choice for fast application-level key-value storage.

To add a Persistent Redis service, specify it in your .platform/services.yaml file like so:

    type: redis-persistent:3.2
    disk: 1024

The disk key is required for redis-persistent to tell how much disk space to reserve for Redis' persistent data.


The format exposed in the $PLATFORM_RELATIONSHIPS environment variable:

    "redis": [
            "host": "",
            "scheme": "redis",
            "port": 6379

The format is identical regardless of whether it's a persistent or ephemeral service.

Usage example

In your .platform/services.yaml:

    type: redis:3.2

If you are using PHP, configure the relationship and enable the PHP redis extension in your

        - redis

    redis: "rediscache:redis"

You can then use the service in a configuration file of your application with something like:

    $relationships = json_decode(base64_decode(getenv('PLATFORM_RELATIONSHIPS')), true);

    $container->setParameter('redis_host', $relationships['redis'][0]['host']);
    $container->setParameter('redis_port', $relationships['redis'][0]['port']);

Using redis-cli to access your Redis service

Assuming your Redis relationship is named rediscache, the host name and port number obtained from PLATFORM_RELATIONSHIPS would be rediscache.internal and 6379. Open an SSH session and access the Redis server using the redis-cli tool as follows:

redis-cli -h rediscache.internal -p 6379