Redis uses a standard practice for its versioning: major.minor.patchlevel. An even minor marks a stable release, like 1.2, 2.0, 2.2, 2.4, 2.6, 2.8. Odd minors are used for unstable releases, for example 2.9.x releases are the unstable versions of what will be Redis 3.0 once stable.

  • Stable (3.0)

    Redis 3.0 introduces Redis Cluster, a distributed implementation of Redis with automatic data sharding and fault tolerance, important speed improvements under certain workloads, improved AOF rewriting, and more.
  • Old (2.8)

    Redis 2.8 is the older stable version of Redis. It provided significant improvements over version 2.6, such as replication partial resynchronization, IPv6 support, config rewriting, keyspace changes notifications via Pub/Sub, and more.
  • Unstable

    This is where all the development happens. Only for hard-core hackers. Use only if you need to test the latest features or performance improvements. In a couple of months this is going to be frozen and used as the base for 3.2.

*Other versions

Older (2.6)

Very old, you should not use Redis 2.6. Compared to 2.4 it introduced support for Lua scripting, milliseconds precision expires, improved memory usage, unlimited number of clients, improved AOF generation, better performance, a number of new commands and features.
See the release notes or download 2.6.17.


The Redis project does not officially support Windows. However, the Microsoft Open Tech group develops and maintains this Windows port targeting Win64. Learn more


Historical downloads are still available on Google Code.

Scripts and other automatic downloads can easily access the tarball of the latest Redis stable version at http://download.redis.io/redis-stable.tar.gz. The source code of the latest stable release is always browsable here, use the file src/version.h in order to extract the version in an automatic way.

*How to verify files for integrity

The Github repository redis-hashes contains a README file with SHA1 digests of released tarball archives. Note: the generic redis-stable.tar.gz tarball does not match any hash because it is modified to untar to the redis-stable directory.


Download, extract and compile Redis with:

$ wget http://download.redis.io/releases/redis-3.0.5.tar.gz
$ tar xzf redis-3.0.5.tar.gz
$ cd redis-3.0.5
$ make

The binaries that are now compiled are available in the src directory. Run Redis with:

$ src/redis-server

You can interact with Redis using the built-in client:

$ src/redis-cli
redis> set foo bar
redis> get foo

Are you new to Redis? Try our online, interactive tutorial.