Install Redis Stack on macOS

How to install Redis Stack on macOS

To install Redis Stack on macOS, use Homebrew. Make sure that you have Homebrew installed before starting on the installation instructions below.

There are three brew casks available.

  • redis-stack contains both redis-stack-server and redis-stack-redisinsight casks.
  • redis-stack-server provides Redis Stack server only.
  • redis-stack-redisinsight contains Redis Insight.

Install using Homebrew

First, tap the Redis Stack Homebrew tap:

brew tap redis-stack/redis-stack

Next, run brew install:

brew install redis-stack

The redis-stack-server cask will install all Redis and Redis Stack binaries. How you run these binaries depends on whether you already have Redis installed on your system.

First-time Redis installation

If this is the first time you've installed Redis on your system, then all Redis Stack binaries be installed and accessible from the $PATH. On Apple silicon Macs, this assumes that /opt/homebrew/bin is in your path. On Intel-based Macs, /usr/local/bin should be in the $PATH.

To check this, run:

echo $PATH

Then, confirm that the output contains /opt/homebrew/bin (Apple silicon Macs) or /usr/local/bin (Intel Mac). If these directories are not in the output, see the "Existing Redis installation" instructions below.

Existing Redis installation

If you have an existing Redis installation on your system, then might want to modify your $PATH to ensure that you're using the latest Redis Stack binaries.

Open the file ~/.bashrc or ~/zshrc (depending on your shell), and add the following lines.

For Intel-based Macs:

export PATH=/usr/local/Caskroom/redis-stack-server/<VERSION>/bin:$PATH

For Apple silicon Macs:

export PATH=/opt/homebrew/Caskroom/redis-stack-server/<VERSION>/bin:$PATH

In both cases, replace <VERSION> with your version of Redis Stack. For example, with version 6.2.0, path is as follows:

export PATH=/opt/homebrew/Caskroom/redis-stack-server/6.2.0/bin:$PATH

Start Redis Stack Server

You can now start Redis Stack Server as follows:


Launch Redis Insight

To start up the Redis UI, Redis Insight, type:


Installing Redis after installing Redis Stack

If you've already installed Redis Stack with Homebrew and then try to install Redis with brew install redis, you may encounter errors like the following:

Error: The brew link step did not complete successfully
The formula built, but is not symlinked into /usr/local
Could not symlink bin/redis-benchmark
Target /usr/local/bin/redis-benchmark
already exists. You may want to remove it:
rm '/usr/local/bin/redis-benchmark'

To force the link and overwrite all conflicting files:
brew link --overwrite redis

To list all files that would be deleted:
brew link --overwrite --dry-run redis

In this case, you can overwrite the Redis binaries installed by Redis Stack by running:

brew link --overwrite redis

However, Redis Stack Server will still be installed. To uninstall Redis Stack Server, see below.

Uninstall Redis Stack

To uninstall Redis Stack, run:

brew uninstall redis-stack-redisinsight redis-stack-server redis-stack
brew untap redis-stack/redis-stack
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