Using Redis with Drupal 9.x

Redis is a fast open-source in-memory database and cache, useful for application-level caching. For more information on this service, see the dedicated Redis page or the official Redis documentation.

Follow the instructions on this page to do one of the following:

  • Add and configure Redis for Drupal 9.x if you have deployed Drupal manually.
  • Fine-tune your existing configuration if you have deployed Drupal 9 using a template.

Before you begin 

You need:

You also need a settings.platformsh.php file from which you can manage the configuration of the Redis service. If you installed Drupal 9 with a template, this file is already present in your project.

Note that, by default, Redis is an ephemeral service. This means that the Redis storage isn’t persistent and that data can be lost when a container is moved, shut down or when the service hits its memory limit.

To solve this, you can change the service type to persistent Redis (redis-persistent). Alternatively, you can clean the cache each time your app starts via the start key in your web configuration.

Add a Redis service 

1. Configure the service 

To define the service, use the redis type for ephemeral Redis :

    type: redis:<VERSION>

Alternatively, use the redis-persistent type for persistent Redis:

    type: redis-persistent:<VERSION>
    disk: 256

Persistent Redis requires a disk to store data.

Note that if you later change the name, it’s treated as an entirely new service. This removes all data from your service. Always backup your data before changing the service.

2. Add the relationship 

To define the relationship, use the redis endpoint :

You can define <SERVICE_NAME> and <RELATIONSHIP_NAME> as you like, but it’s best if they’re distinct.

For PHP, enable the extension for the service:
        - redis

Ephemeral Redis example configuration

Service definition

    type: redis:7.0

App configuration
    rediscache: "cacheredis:redis"

        - redis

Persistent Redis example configuration

Service definition

  type: redis-persistent:7.0
  disk: 256

App configuration
  redisdata: "data:redis"

      - redis

3. Add the Drupal module 

To add the Redis module to your project, run the following command:

composer require drupal/redis

Then commit the resulting changes to your composer.json and composer.lock files.

Configure your Redis service 

To configure your Redis service, follow these steps:

  1. Add the following code at the top of your settings.platformsh.php file:

     $platformsh = new \Platformsh\ConfigReader\Config();
     if (!$platformsh->inRuntime()) {
  2. Add the following code at the end of the file:

    // Enable Redis caching.
     if ($platformsh->hasRelationship('rediscache') && !InstallerKernel::installationAttempted() && extension_loaded('redis')) {
       $redis = $platformsh->credentials('rediscache');
       // Set Redis as the default backend for any cache bin not otherwise specified.
       $settings['cache']['default'] = 'cache.backend.redis';
       $settings['redis.connection']['host'] = $redis['host'];
       $settings['redis.connection']['port'] = $redis['port'];
       // You can leverage Redis by using it for the lock and flood control systems 
       // and the cache tag checksum. 
       // To do so, apply the following changes to the container configuration.
       // Alternatively, copy the contents of the modules/contrib/redis/ file 
       // to your project-specific services.yml file.
       // Modify the contents to fit your needs and remove the following line.
       $settings['container_yamls'][] = 'modules/contrib/redis/';
       // Allow the services to work before the Redis module itself is enabled.
       $settings['container_yamls'][] = 'modules/contrib/redis/';
       // To use Redis for container cache, add the classloader path manually.
       $class_loader->addPsr4('Drupal\\redis\\', 'modules/contrib/redis/src');
       // Use Redis for container cache.
       // The container cache is used to load the container definition itself.
       // This means that any configuration stored in the container isn't available
       // until the container definition is fully loaded.
       // To ensure that the container cache uses Redis rather than the
       // default SQL cache, add the following lines.
       $settings['bootstrap_container_definition'] = [
         'parameters' => [],
         'services' => [
           'redis.factory' => [
             'class' => 'Drupal\redis\ClientFactory',
           'cache.backend.redis' => [
             'class' => 'Drupal\redis\Cache\CacheBackendFactory',
             'arguments' => ['@redis.factory', '@cache_tags_provider.container', '@serialization.phpserialize'],
           'cache.container' => [
             'class' => '\Drupal\redis\Cache\PhpRedis',
             'factory' => ['@cache.backend.redis', 'get'],
             'arguments' => ['container'],
           'cache_tags_provider.container' => [
             'class' => 'Drupal\redis\Cache\RedisCacheTagsChecksum',
             'arguments' => ['@redis.factory'],
           'serialization.phpserialize' => [
             'class' => 'Drupal\Component\Serialization\PhpSerialize',

    You can customize your configuration further using the inline comments from this example configuration. For more information on possible configuration options, see the README.txt file delivered with the Redis module or the official Redis documentation.

Verify Redis is running 

To verify that Redis is running, run the following command:

platform ssh 'echo $PLATFORM_RELATIONSHIPS | base64 --decode | json_pp'

In the output, retrieve the value of the host property for your Redis relationship.

Then, run the following command:

platform ssh -- redis-cli -h HOST info

The output produces information and statistics about Redis, showing that the service is up and running.