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Running Redis on Windows using Docker Container

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Redis is an open-source, in-memory data structure store that is often used as a cache, database, and message broker. It is known for its high performance, scalability, and support for various data structures like strings, hashes, lists, sets, and sorted sets. Redis can run on multiple operating systems, including Windows 11. One of the easiest ways to run Redis on Windows 11 is by using Docker containers.

In this blog post, we’ll explore how to run Redis in a Docker container on Windows 11, including the benefits of using Docker containers, the steps to install Docker on Windows 11, and how to pull the Redis image and create a Redis container.

Benefits of Using Docker Containers

Docker is a platform that enables developers to create, deploy, and run applications in containers. Containers are lightweight, portable, and isolated environments that contain all the necessary dependencies and configurations for the application to run. Docker containers are a popular way to run Redis because they provide several benefits, including:

  • Portability: Docker containers can run on any machine that supports Docker, making it easy to move the container from development to production or between different environments.

  • Isolation: Docker containers provide a level of isolation between the application and the host machine, ensuring that the application does not interfere with other applications or the host machine.

  • Efficiency: Docker containers are lightweight, and because they share the host kernel, they use fewer resources than virtual machines.

Installing Docker on Windows 11

Before we can run Redis in a Docker container on Windows 11, we need to install Docker Desktop for Windows. Here are the steps to install Docker Desktop on Windows 11:

  • Download Docker Desktop: Go to the Docker website and download the latest version of Docker Desktop for Windows.

  • Install Docker Desktop: Once the download is complete, run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions to install Docker Desktop on your machine.

  • Enable Hyper-V: Docker Desktop requires Hyper-V to be enabled on Windows 11. If Hyper-V is not already enabled, Docker Desktop will prompt you to enable it during the installation process.

  • Start Docker Desktop: Once Docker Desktop is installed, start it from the Start menu.

Pulling the Redis Image

Once Docker Desktop is installed and running on Windows 11, we can pull the Redis image from the Docker Hub repository. Here are the steps to pull the Redis image:

Open a Command Prompt: Open a Windows Command Prompt by pressing the Windows key and typing “cmd” in the search bar. Then, right-click on the “Command Prompt” app and select “Run as administrator”.

Pull the Redis image: In the command prompt, type the following command to download the latest Redis image:

docker pull redis

Creating a Redis Container

With the Redis image downloaded, we can now create a Redis container. Here are the steps to create a Redis container:

Create a new Redis container: In the command prompt, run the following command to create a new Redis container:

docker run -p 6379:6379 --name my-redis -d redis

This command creates a new Redis container with the name “my-redis” and maps the container’s port 6379 to the host’s port 6379. The “-d” flag specifies that the container should run in detached mode.

  • Verify the Redis container is running: To check if the Redis container is running, run the following command in the command prompt:
docker ps

This command lists all running containers. You should see the “my-redis container in the list, indicating that the Redis container is running.

Accessing Redis

Now that we have created a Redis container, we can access Redis using various Redis clients. Here are a few ways to access Redis running in a Docker container on Windows 11:

  • Redis CLI: Redis provides a command-line interface (CLI) that can be used to interact with Redis. To access the Redis CLI, run the following command in the command prompt:
docker exec -it my-redis redis-cli

This command connects to the running Redis container and opens the Redis CLI.

  • RedisInsight: RedisInsight is a web-based Redis client that provides a user-friendly interface to interact with Redis. To access RedisInsight, open a web browser and navigate to http://localhost:8001. This will open the RedisInsight web interface, where you can connect to the Redis container by entering the container’s IP address and port.

  • Redis clients: There are many Redis clients available for various programming languages, including Python, Java, Node.js, and more. To connect to Redis from a Redis client, you can use the container’s IP address and port, which can be obtained using the following command:

docker inspect -f '{{range .NetworkSettings.Networks}}{{.IPAddress}}{{end}}' my-redis

This command retrieves the IP address of the Redis container.

Conclusion

Running Redis in a Docker container on Windows 11 is a simple and efficient way to run Redis on Windows 11. Docker containers provide several benefits, including portability, isolation, and efficiency. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can easily pull the Redis image from the Docker Hub repository, create a Redis container, and access Redis using various Redis clients. Redis is a powerful and versatile data structure store that can be used for various use cases, including caching, message brokering, and database applications. By running Redis in a Docker container on Windows 11, you can leverage the power of Redis in a scalable and efficient manner.

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Avinash Bendigeri Avinash is a developer-turned Technical writer skilled in core content creation. He has an excellent track record of blogging in areas like Docker, Kubernetes, IoT and AI.

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