Getting Redis Key Values with Golang (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

Retrieving key-value pairs from a Redis database is a common task when using Redis as a cache or a data store. This operation could be used to fetch cached information, user sessions, application settings, or any other data stored under a particular key.

Code Examples

Here's an example of getting a key value from Redis using Go and the Redigo library:

package main import ( "" "log" ) func main() { conn, err := redis.Dial("tcp", "localhost:6379") if err != nil { log.Fatal(err) } defer conn.Close() key := "exampleKey" value, err := redis.String(conn.Do("GET", key)) if err != nil { log.Fatal(err) } log.Println("Value: ", value) }

In this code snippet, we're connecting to a local Redis server and retrieving the value associated with 'exampleKey'. The conn.Do("GET", key) function call is where the key-value pair is fetched from Redis, and the redis.String function converts the returned interface{} type to a string.

Best Practices

Ensure error handling is robust. Especially handle situations where a key does not exist in Redis. In such cases, the GET command will return a nil value which may cause your application to break if not handled correctly.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake is not properly closing Redis connections. Remember to defer connection closure right after opening a new connection. Failing to close connections can lead to memory leaks and eventually crash the application.


Q: What happens if the key does not exist in Redis? A: The GET command will return a nil value, and no error will be thrown.

Q: Can I get a value as an integer instead of a string? A: Yes, Redigo provides the redis.Int function that can be used to fetch integer values from Redis.

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