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RedisJSON Quick Start

RedisJSON adds native support for storing and retrieving JSON documents at the speed of Redis.

Step 1: Add modules

Step 2: Connect

Download the “Redis Insight” desktop
tool to connect and interact

Mac | Windows | Linux

Quick start: Follow the steps below to get started in 10 minutes! 🚀

1. 🏎️ Register and subscribe

Getting started with Redis Cloud Essentials

To get started with Redis Enterprise Cloud Essentials, visit and fill out the form:

Fill out form

Once you click “Get Started,” we will send you an email with a link to activate your account and complete your signup process.

Adding your Redis Enterprise Cloud Essentials subscription

  1. In the Redis Enterprise Cloud menu, click Subscriptions
  2. At the bottom of the page, click the “+” sign, as shown below:

    Click the + sign

  3. Select your subscription configuration as shown here:

For the cloud provider, select Amazon AWS

Select Amazon AWS
The (1) arrow indicates where to choose AWS as your cloud provider for Redis Enterprise Cloud Essentials.

Select a region
The (2) arrow shows where to choose the ap-south-1 cloud region.

In the Redis Enterprise Cloud service levels, select the Redis Enterprise Cloud Essentials 30MB/1 Database level and click Create:

Select the Redis Enterprise Cloud Essentials 30MB/1 Database level and click Create
The (3) arrow shows how to create your first free database with the name “demotest”.

2. 🚃 Create a Database with Modules

Once you create a subscription, you are ready to create a database with modules enabled. As shown below, enter a name for the database you want to create:

Enter the database name
The (4) arrow shows where to enter the database name. The (5) arrow indicates where to enable modules on Redis Enterprise Cloud Essentials.

Move the toggle to select the module you want. You can choose one module at a time under Redis Enterprise Cloud Essentials. Please note that multiple modules capabilities are currently available only in Redis Cloud Pro.

Select the RediSearch module
The (6) arrow shows where to select the RediSearch module in Redis Enterprise Cloud Essentials.

Let’s go ahead and choose “RediSearch” as our first module. Click “Activate”:

Activate your new database
The (7) arrows shows where to Activate your new database.

The database will remain in “Pending” status until the process of configuring your new Redis database is completed. When the database is created, you will be able to see all the database settings, including:

  • Endpoint: The address you use to connect to the database.
  • Redis password: The password you must use in your application to connect to the database.

Copy the database endpoint
The (8) arrows shows where to copy the database endpoint ( for future reference.

3. 🔌 Connect to the Database

Using RedisInsight

RedisInsight is an intuitive and efficient GUI for Redis, allowing you to interact with your databases and manage your data—with built-in support for most popular Redis modules. The free non-commercial add-on provides tools to analyze the memory, profile the performance of your database, and guide you toward better Redis usage.

Learn more about RedisInsight here!

RedisInsight provides built-in support for the RedisJSON, RediSearch, RedisGraph, Redis Streams, and RedisTimeSeries modules to make it even easier to query, visualize, and interactively manipulate search indexes, graphs, streams, and time-series data. Used properly, RedisInsight can make the experience of using modules with Redis Enterprise Cloud Essentials even smoother.

A full-featured desktop GUI client, RedisInsight is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux and is fully compatible with Redis Enterprise. It works with any cloud provider as long as you run it on a host with network access to your cloud-based Redis server. RedisInsight makes it easy to discover cloud databases and configure connection details with a single click. It allows you to automatically add Redis Enterprise Software and Redis Enterprise Cloud databases.

Local installation of RedisInsight:

To use RedisInsight on a local machine, download it for Windows, Mac, or Linux from the RedisInsight page on the RedisLabs website:

Click “Download” to open up a form that allows you to select the operating system of your choice. For example, let’s assume that you want to install RedisInsight on your macOS machine. Choose “Mac OS” as a platform as shown here:


Mac OS    Windows    Linux


Fill out the rest of the form and click “Download.” Please note that the package name is the combination of the platform and version as shown here:


Running RedisInsight

Click on the RedisInsight executable and install it in your system.

Click on the RedisInsight executable

Head over to your web browser and go to http://localhost:8001

Using RedisInsight with Docker

You can also run RedisInsight inside Docker containers. Visit to find the latest Docker image available over DockerHub.

$ docker run -v redisinsight:/db -p 8001:8001 redislabs/redisinsight:latest

Head over to your web browser and go to http://localhost:8001

Congratulations! You have successfully installed RedisInsight and are now ready to inspect your Redis data, monitor database health, and perform runtime server configuration with this browser-based management interface for your Redis deployment.

Once you accept the EULA and click “Confirm,” you are ready to add Redis databases, as shown here:

Accept the EULA and click Confirm

Select “ADD REDIS DATABASE” and then “Add Database”:

Select ADD REDIS DATABASE and then Add Dadtabase

Enter the requested details, including Name, Host (endpoint), Port, and Password in the form, as shown below. You can skip username for now. Then click “ADD REDIS DATABASE”:

Enter the requested details

Click on the pop-up box to see the RedisInsight dashboard:

Click on the pop-up box

How to use RedisInsight to run the Redis CLI

Finally, although RedisInsight is a great GUI, sometimes you want to work directly in the command-line interface (CLI). To do so, click “CLI” in the  menu on the left side of the RedisInsight UI:


The arrow highlights CLI option on RedisInsight

Then paste the appropriate Redis commands in the command section, marked with “>>” as shown below, and press Enter.

The (2) arrow points to where to set the string value of a key.

You can see the output displayed at the top of the screen. If it says “OK,” the command was executed successfully.

Now that RedisInsight is installed, we’re ready to look at individual Redis modules and see how they work with Redis Enterprise Cloud Essentials.

4. 🚀 RedisJSON

The following steps use some basic RedisJSON commands. You can run them from the Redis command-line interface (redis-cli) or use the CLI available in RedisInsight. (See part 2 of this tutorial to learn more about using the RedisInsight CLI.)

To interact with RedisJSON, you will most often use the JSON.SET and JSON.GET commands. Before using RedisJSON, you should familiarize yourself with its commands  and syntax as detailed in the documentation: RedisJSON Commands.

Learn more about RedisJSON here.

Let’s go ahead and test drive some JSON-specific operations for setting and retrieving a Redis key with a JSON value:

  1. Scalar
  2. Objects (including nested objects)
  3. Arrays of JSON objects
  4. JSON nested objects


1. Scalar

Under RedisJSON, a key can contain any valid JSON value. It can be scalar, objects or arrays. JSON scalar is basically a string. You will have to use the JSON.SET command to set the JSON value. For new Redis keys the path must be the root, so you will use “.” path in the example below. For existing keys, when the entire path exists, the value that it contains is replaced with the JSON value. Here you will use JSON.SET to set the JSON scalar value to “Hello JSON!” Scalar will contain a string that holds “Hello JSON!”

>> JSON.SET scalar .  ' "Hello JSON!" '

Use JSON.GET to return the value at path in JSON serialized form:

>> JSON.GET scalar
"\"Hello JSON!\""

2.  Objects

Let’s look at a JSON object example. A JSON object contains data in the form of a key-value pair. The keys are strings and the values are the JSON types. Keys and values are separated by a colon. Each entry (key-value pair) is separated by a comma. The { (curly brace) represents the JSON object:

    "employee": {  
        "name": "alpha",   
        "age": 40,   
        "married": true  

Here is the command to insert JSON data into Redis:

>> JSON.SET employee_profile . '{ "employee": { "name": "alpha", "age": 40,"married": true }  } '

The subcommands below change the reply’s format and are all set to the empty string by default: * INDENT sets the indentation string for nested levels *. NEWLINE sets the string that’s printed at the end of each line. * SPACE sets the string that’s put between a key and a value:

>> >> JSON.GET employee_profile

Retrieving a part of JSON document

You can also retrieve a part of the JSON document from Redis. In the example below, “.ans” can be passed in the commandline to retrieve the value 4:

>> JSON.SET object . '{"foo":"bar", "ans":"4" }'
>> JSON.GET object

>> JSON.GET object .ans

Retrieving the type of JSON data

JSON.TYPE reports the type of JSON value at path and path defaults to root if not provided. If the key or path do not exist, null is returned.

>> JSON.TYPE employee_profile

3. JSON arrays of objects

The JSON array represents an ordered list of values. A JSON array can store multiple values, including strings, numbers, or objects. In JSON arrays, values must be separated by a comma. The [ (square bracket) represents the JSON array. Let’s look at a simple JSON array example with four objects:

    {"name":"Alpha", "email":"", "age":23},    
    {"name":"Beta", "email":"", "age":28},  
    {"name":"Gamma", "email":"", "age":33},    
    {"name":"Theta", "email":"", "age":41}   
>> JSON.SET testarray .  '{"employees":[         {"name":"Alpha", "email":"", "age":23},         {"name":"Beta", "email":"", "age":28},       {"name":"Gamma", "email":"", "age":33},         {"name":"Theta", "email":"", "age":41}    ]}   '
>> JSON.GET testarray


4. JSON nested objects

A JSON object can also have another object. Here is a simple example of a JSON object having another object nested in it:

>> JSON.SET employee_info . ' { "firstName": "Alpha",         "lastName": "K", "age": 23,        "address" : {            "streetAddress": "110 Fulbourn Road Cambridge",  "city": "San Francisco", "state": "California", "postalCode": "94016"  } } '
>> JSON.GET employee_info
"{\"firstName\":\"Alpha\",\"lastName\":\"K\",\"age\":23,\"address\":{\"streetAddress\":\"110 Fulbourn Road Cambridge\",\"city\":\"San Francisco\",\"state\":\"California\",\"postalCode\":\"94016\"}}"

Learn more about RedisJSON in the Quickstart tutorial.

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