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Redis Extension for Flask Applications

Project Description


Adds Redis support to Flask.

Built on top of redis-py.



pip install flask-redis

Or if you must use easy_install:

alias easy_install="pip install $1"
easy_install flask-redis


Your configuration should be declared within your Flask config. Set the URL of your database like this:

REDIS_URL = "redis://:password@localhost:6379/0"
# or
REDIS_URL = "unix://[:password]@/path/to/socket.sock?db=0"

To create the redis instance within your application

from flask import Flask
from flask.ext.redis import FlaskRedis

app = Flask(__name__)
redis_store = FlaskRedis(app)


from flask import Flask
from flask.ext.redis import FlaskRedis

redis_store = FlaskRedis()

def create_app():
    app = Flask(__name__)
    return app

or perhaps you want to use the old, plain Redis class instead of StrictRedis

from flask import Flask
from flask.ext.redis import FlaskRedis
from redis import StrictRedis

app = Flask(__name__)
redis_store = FlaskRedis(app, strict=False)

or maybe you want to use mockredis to make your unit tests simpler. As of mockredis, it does not have the from_url() classmethod that FlaskRedis depends on, so we wrap it and add our own.

from flask import Flask
from flask.ext.redis import FlaskRedis
from mockredis import MockRedis

class MockRedisWrapper(MockRedis):
    '''A wrapper to add the `from_url` classmethod'''
    def from_url(cls, *args, **kwargs):
        return cls()

def create_app():
    app = Flask(__name__)
    if app.testing:
        redis_store = FlaskRedis.from_custom_provider(MockRedisWrapper)
        redis_store = FlaskRedis()
    return app


FlaskRedis proxies attribute access to an underlying Redis connection. So treat it as if it were a regular Redis instance.

from core import redis_store

def index():
    return redis_store.get('potato', 'Not Set')

Protip: The redis-py package currently holds the ‘redis’ namespace, so if you are looking to make use of it, your Redis object shouldn’t be named ‘redis’.

For detailed instructions regarding the usage of the client, check the redis-py documentation.

Advanced features, such as Lua scripting, pipelines and callbacks are detailed within the projects README.


  1. Check for open issues or open a fresh issue to start a discussion around a feature idea or a bug. There is a Contributor Friendly tag for issues that should be ideal for people who are not very familiar with the codebase yet.
  2. Fork the repository on Github to start making your changes to the master branch (or branch off of it).
  3. Write a test which shows that the bug was fixed or that the feature works as expected.
  4. Send a pull request and bug the maintainer until it gets merged and published.


0.3.0 (2016-07-18)

  • Backwards incompatible: The FlaskRedis.init_app method no longer takes a strict parameter. Pass this flag when creating your FlaskRedis instance, instead.
  • Backwards incompatible: The extension will now be registered under the (lowercased) config prefix of the instance. The default config prefix is 'REDIS', so unless you change that, you can still access the extension via app.extensions['redis'] as before.
  • Backwards incompatible: The default class has been changed to redis.StrictRedis. You can switch back to the old redis.Redis class by specifying strict=False in the FlaskRedis kwargs.
  • You can now pass all supported Redis keyword arguments (such as decode_responses) to FlaskRedis and they will be correctly passed over to the redis-py instance. Thanks, @giyyapan!
  • Usage like redis_store['key'] = value, redis_store['key'], and del redis_store['key'] is now supported. Thanks, @ariscn!

0.2.0 (4/15/2015)

  • Made 0.1.0’s deprecation warned changes final

0.1.0 (4/15/2015)

  • Deprecation: Renamed flask_redis.Redis to flask_redis.FlaskRedis. Using the old name still works, but emits a deprecation warning, as it will be removed from the next version
  • Deprecation: Setting a REDIS_DATABASE (or equivalent) now emits a deprecation warning as it will be removed in the version in favor of including the database number in REDIS_URL (or equivalent)
  • Added a FlaskRedis.from_custom_provider(provider) class method for using any redis provider class that supports instantiation with a from_url class method
  • Added a strict parameter to FlaskRedis which expects a boolean value and allows choosing between using redis.StrictRedis and redis.Redis as the defualt provider.
  • Made FlaskRedis register as a Flask extension through Flask’s extension API
  • Rewrote test suite in py.test
  • Got rid of the hacky attribute copying mechanism in favor of using the __getattr__ magic method to pass calls to the underlying client

0.0.6 (4/9/2014)

  • Improved Python 3 Support (Thanks underyx!).
  • Improved test cases.
  • Improved configuration.
  • Fixed up documentation.
  • Removed un-used imports (Thanks underyx and lyschoening!).

0.0.5 (17/2/2014)

  • Improved suppot for the config prefix.

0.0.4 (17/2/2014)

  • Added support for config_prefix, allowing multiple DBs.

0.0.3 (6/7/2013)

  • Added TravisCI Testing for Flask 0.9/0.10.
  • Added Badges to README.

0.0.2 (6/7/2013)

  • Implemented a very simple test.
  • Fixed some documentation issues.
  • Included requirements.txt for testing.
  • Included task file including some basic methods for tests.

0.0.1 (5/7/2013)

  • Conception
  • Initial Commit of Package to GitHub.
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