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Java: Deleting Keys in Redis (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

Deleting keys in Redis using Java is a common operation when you want to remove specific entries from your Redis database. You might need to delete keys when:

  • The data associated with the key is no longer needed or relevant.
  • You want to free up memory space in your Redis instance.

Code Examples

Here are two examples on how to delete keys in Redis using Java by using Jedis and Lettuce, two popular Java clients for Redis.

Example 1: Deleting keys using Jedis:

import redis.clients.jedis.Jedis; public class Main { public static void main(String[] args) { try (Jedis jedis = new Jedis('localhost', 6379)) { // Set a key jedis.set('keyToBeDeleted', 'value'); // Delete a key jedis.del('keyToBeDeleted'); } } }

In this example, we first set a key-value pair, then we delete that key using the del method of the Jedis client.

Example 2: Deleting keys using Lettuce:

import io.lettuce.core.RedisClient; import io.lettuce.core.api.sync.RedisCommands; public class Main { public static void main(String[] args) { RedisClient redisClient = RedisClient.create('redis://localhost:6379'); RedisCommands<String, String> commands = redisClient.connect().sync(); // Set a key commands.set('keyToBeDeleted', 'value'); // Delete a key commands.del('keyToBeDeleted'); redisClient.shutdown(); } }

In this example, we're accomplishing the same thing as in the first example, but using the Lettuce client instead of Jedis.

Best Practices

  • Always check if a key exists before attempting to delete it. Trying to delete a non-existing key will not throw any error, but it will waste resources.
  • Use Redis' built-in expiry mechanism for keys that you know will not be needed after a certain period of time. This can help reduce the need to manually delete keys.

Common Mistakes

  • Not managing connections properly: Make sure to always close the connection after you're done with your operations. Keeping unused connections open can lead to resource leaks.


Q: Can I delete multiple keys at once? A: Yes, both Jedis and Lettuce allow you to delete multiple keys at once by passing multiple key names to their del methods.

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