Redis HINCRBYFLOAT in Golang (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

The HINCRBYFLOAT command in Redis is commonly used when you need to increment a float value of a field in a hash stored at key. This is frequently utilized in applications where precise increments are needed, like financial computations or scientific calculations.

Code Examples

Here is an example using the go-redis package to perform the HINCRBYFLOAT operation:

package main import ( "fmt" "" "context" ) var ctx = context.Background() func main() { rdb := redis.NewClient(&redis.Options{ Addr: "localhost:6379", Password: "", DB: 0, }) err := rdb.HSet(ctx, "myhash", "field1", 10.5).Err() if err != nil { panic(err) } result, err := rdb.HIncrByFloat(ctx, "myhash", "field1", 2.1).Result() if err != nil { panic(err) } fmt.Println("New field value:", result) }

In this example, we first set the value 10.5 for field1 in the hash named myhash. Then, we increment the value of field1 by 2.1 using HIncrByFloat. The new value of field1 is then printed out.

Best Practices

  • Always handle any potential errors that might occur during operations.
  • It's advisable to use context with timeout or deadline instead of context.Background() for production code. This will avoid hanging of your program when Redis server is not responding.

Common Mistakes

  • Remember that HINCRBYFLOAT works with fields containing decimal values. If the field contains non-numeric strings, it will return an error.
  • Be aware that floating point arithmetic is not exact, slight discrepancies might occur when incrementing by float values.


Q: What happens if the key or field does not exist? A: For non-existing keys or fields, Redis considers the value as 0 before the operation.

Q: Is it possible to decrement a value using HINCRBYFLOAT? A: Yes, this can be achieved by providing a negative increment value.

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