Redis is one of the many in-memory database thingies that makes stuff faster.
I use the Redis Object Cache plugin for WordPress, but you obviously need a Redis server for that. This tutorial will be on how to install redis on Ubuntu server.
The installation is pretty simple, all you need is to install two packages; one for the actual server, and another one for PHP. Both can be installed with:
sudo apt install redis-server php-redis
You should now be able to run:
sudo service redis-server restart
and not get an error 🙂 .
I prefer to use Unix sockets because they’re faster than TCP if you’re on the same system. Since I only own one VPS, I chose to use redis on a socket. To do this, you’ll need to edit the redis config file:
sudo nano /etc/redis/redis.conf
and look for the following section:
# Specify the path for the Unix socket that will be used to listen for # incoming connections. There is no default, so Redis will not listen # on a unix socket when not specified. # #unixsocket /var/run/redis/redis.sock
All you need to do is uncomment the
# Specify the path for the Unix socket that will be used to listen for # incoming connections. There is no default, so Redis will not listen # on a unix socket when not specified. # unixsocket /var/run/redis/redis.sock
Then, restart the redis-server. Next, you’ll need to configure the plugin, which can be done by adding the following line to
define('WP_REDIS_SCHEME', 'unix'); define('WP_REDIS_PATH', '/var/run/redis/redis.sock');
You’ll now realize that the plugin won’t work for some reason. This is due to the fact that the socket permissions are set to the redis user and not the web-server user. This can be easily fixed with:
sudo chown www-data:www-data /var/run/redis/redis.sock
After running the command, check again. You should now have a fully functional redis install that can be accessed via a unix socket from PHP, or any other process that runs as
www-data, such as python(if you’re using that to power a site).
Checking RAM usage
To check how much RAM the redis server is using(i.e. check if it’s doing anything), you can run the following command:
ps -C redis-server v
which will return something along the lines of(the RSS is the memory):
PID TTY STAT TIME MAJFL TRS DRS RSS %MEM COMMAND 21793 ? Ssl 4:50 1788 0 65004 7220 1.4 /usr/bin/redis-server 1
I have no idea what the arguments do, but I found it somewhere on lowendbox, and it works 🙂 . It gives you the size in Kilobytes, so just run the following command to convert to Megabytes:
expr 7220 / 1024
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