Install Redis on Ubuntu/Debian

Install Redis using APT

Install Redis (>= 1.3.14) from the distribution repository:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y install redis-server

Managing the Redis service/process

Start/stop the Redis services

Start and stop the Redis service using the redis-server init scripts:

sudo service redis-server start
sudo service redis-server stop
sudo service redis-sentinel start
sudo service redis-sentinel stop

NOTE: redis-sentinel service scripts are not installed by default and should only be used with highly available Redis configurations.

Enable/disable Redis start on system boot

Enable or disable the Redis service to start on system boot using the update-rc.d utility:

sudo update-rc.d redis-server enable
sudo update-rc.d redis-server disable
sudo update-rc.d redis-sentinel enable
sudo update-rc.d redis-sentinel disable

NOTE: redis-sentinel service scripts are not installed by default and should only be used with highly available Redis configurations.

Verify that Redis is working

Once you have installed and started the Redis service, you should be able to confirm that Redis is ready to use by running the command: redis-cli ping. If you get a PONG response, you are ready to move on to the next step in the guide.

Set file descriptor limits

NOTE: for the most part, Redis should “just work” without needing to tune Linux file descriptor limits, however this configuration may become necessary in cases where Redis is being used as the Sensu transport or in other high performance environments. Even with tuning, Redis Transport is NOT recommended in production!

By default, most Linux operating systems will limit the maximum number of file handles a single process is allowed to have open to 1024. We recommend adjusting this number to 65536 for running Redis in production systems, and at least 4096 for development environments.

According to the Redis documentation on client handling, regarding the maximum number of client connections allowed:

In Redis 2.4 there was an hard-coded limit about the maximum number of clients that was possible to handle simultaneously. In Redis 2.6 this limit is dynamic: by default is set to 10000 clients, unless otherwise stated by the maxclients directive in /etc/redis/redis.conf. However Redis checks with the kernel what is the maximum number of file descriptors that we are able to open (the soft limit is checked), if the limit is smaller than the maximum number of clients we want to handle, plus 32 (that is the number of file descriptors Redis reserves for internal uses), then the number of maximum clients is modified by Redis to match the amount of clients we are really able to handle under the current operating system limit.

When Redis is configured in order to handle a specific number of clients it is a good idea to make sure that the operating system limit to the maximum number of file descriptors per process is also set accordingly.

To adjust this limit, please edit the configuration file found at /etc/default/redis-server by uncommenting the last line in the file, and adjusting the ulimit value accordingly.

# redis-server configure options
# ULIMIT: Call ulimit -n with this argument prior to invoking Redis itself.
# This may be required for high-concurrency environments. Redis itself cannot
# alter its limits as it is not being run as root. (default: do not call
# ulimit)

When the configured number of maximum clients can not be honored, the condition is logged at startup…

[41422] 23 Jan 11:28:33.179 # Unable to set the max number of files limit to 100032 (Invalid argument), setting the max clients configuration to 10112.

Configure Sensu

The following Sensu configuration files are provided as examples. Please review the Redis reference documentation for additional information on configuring Sensu to communicate with Redis, and the reference documentation on Sensu configuration for more information on how Sensu loads configuration.

Example Standalone Configuration

  1. Copy the following contents to a configuration file located at /etc/sensu/conf.d/redis.json:

      "redis": {
        "host": "",
        "port": 6379

    WARNING: using "localhost" instead of for the host configuration on systems that support IPv6 may result in an IPv6 “localhost” resolution (i.e. ::1) rather than an IPv4 “localhost” resolution (i.e. This is not incorrect behavior because Sensu does support IPv6, however if Redis is not configured to listen on IPv6, this will result in a connection error and log entries indicating a “redis connection error” with an “unable to connect to redis server” error message.

Example Distributed Configuration

  1. Obtain the IP address of the system where Redis is installed. For the purpose of this guide, we will use as our example IP address.

  2. Create a configuration file with the following contents at /etc/sensu/conf.d/redis.json on the Sensu server and API system(s), and all systems running the Sensu client:

      "redis": {
        "host": "",
        "port": 6379,
        "auto_reconnect": true

    NOTE: the sensu-client process does not require Redis configuration unless Redis is being used as the Sensu Transport. If you’re not planning on using Redis as the Sensu Transport, you do not need to create a Redis configuration file on systems where the Sensu client is installed.

Using Redis as the Sensu Transport

  1. If you are planning to use Redis as your Sensu Transport, please copy the following contents to a configuration file located at /etc/sensu/conf.d/transport.json:

      "transport": {
        "name": "redis",
        "reconnect_on_error": true

    This will inform the Sensu services to use the defined Redis configuration as the Sensu Transport (instead of looking for the default transport, RabbitMQ).

 Installation Prerequisites

Install Rabbitmq on Ubuntu Debian