Redis Cloud quick start

If you're new to Redis Cloud, this quick start helps you get up and running.

You'll learn how to:

  1. Create an account and a free database

  2. Connect to your database

If you already have an account, see Create an Essentials database to create a Free 30 MB Essentials database. Free plans are a type of Essentials plans; this provides an easy upgrade path when you need it.

If you already have a database, see Manage databases.

Create an account

To create a new account with a free database:

  1. Go to the Sign up page.

  2. There are two options available to get started with Redis Cloud:

    • Enter your information in the form and select Get Started.
    • Sign up with Google or Github.
  3. After you enter your information, you should receive an activation email from Redis. Select Activate account to go to the Get Started page in the Redis Cloud console.

    Dialog to create your free database.
    1. Choose your role from the Role drop-down.
    2. Choose your company size from the myself/company drop-down. If you are working on a personal project, select myself.
    3. Select your Redis use case from the use case drop-down.
    4. Choose your client language from the client drop-down.

    Click Create Free Database to move on.

  4. Select your preferred cloud vendor and region.

    Dialog to create your free database.
  5. Select Let's start free to create your database.

    If you would rather customize your database, select Create a custom database to go to the New database page. From there, you can Create a database.

    The Database list appears with your new database in the list.

    The database list showing your new Database.
  6. Select the database name to view the Configuration tab for your new database.

    Configuration tab showing details of your new database.
  7. In the upper corner, an icon shows the current status of the database. If the icon shows an orange clock, this means your database is still being created and its status is pending.

    Pending database status   Active database status

    Once the database has been created, it becomes active and the status indicator switches to a green circle containing a checkmark.

    Admin console operations are asynchronous; they operate in the background. You can continue to use the admin console for other tasks, but pending resources aren't available until they're active.

    When your new database becomes active, you're ready to connect to it.

Connect to a database

At this point, you're viewing the Configuration details for your new database. Go to the Security section of the page.

To connect to your database, you need your username and password. Each database is protected by a Default user called default and a masked Default user password. Select the eye icon to show or hide the password.

The Security section of the Configuration tab of the database details page.

Once you have the username and password, select Connect to open the connection wizard.

Connect button.

The connection wizard provides the following database connection methods:

The connection wizard.

Redis Insight

Redis Insight is a free Redis GUI that is available for macOS, Windows, and Linux.

  1. In the connection wizard, under Redis Insight, select Download to download Redis Insight.

  2. Install Redis Insight.

  3. Once installed, select Open with Redis Insight.

  4. A pop-up asks if you wish to open the link with Redis Insight. Select Open Redis Insight to connect to your database with Redis Insight.

See the Redis Insight docs for more info.

Redis client

A Redis client is a software library or tool that enables applications to interact with a Redis server. Each client has its own syntax and installation process. For help with a specific client, see the client's documentation.

The connection wizard provides code snippets to connect to your database with the following programming languages:

The connection wizard clients.

See Clients to learn how to connect with the official Redis clients.


The redis-cli utility is installed when you install Redis. It provides a command-line interface that lets you work with your database using core Redis commands.

To run redis-cli, install Redis Stack on your machine.

See Redis CLI to learn how to use redis-cli.

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