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Redis HSET in Java (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

Redis HSET is commonly used when you need to store multiple related data points, such as attributes of an object, into a single key in your Redis database. This makes access and manipulation of these related data easier and more efficient, especially in cases where the fields are frequently retrieved together.

Code Examples

We use Jedis, a popular Redis client for Java.

Here's how to use HSET:

// import the Jedis class import redis.clients.jedis.Jedis; public class Main { public static void main(String[] args){ // connect to redis server Jedis jedis = new Jedis("localhost"); // use HSET command jedis.hset("user:1", "name", "John Doe"); jedis.hset("user:1", "email", ""); } }

In this example, we're creating a hash with the key user:1 and setting fields (name and email) with corresponding values.

Best Practices

  • Consider using hsetnx if you want to ensure that a field does not get overwritten if it already exists.
  • Always close the connection to the Redis server when you're done.

Common Mistakes

  • Be aware that by default, Jedis connects to localhost. You'll need to provide the host and port if your Redis server is located elsewhere.
  • Remember that while Redis is powerful, it's not necessarily the ideal solution for all data storage problems. Use it judiciously and appropriately.


Q: Can I set multiple fields at once? A: Yes, use the hmset method to set multiple fields at once. It accepts a Map as an argument.

Q: What if the key already exists? A: If the key already exists, the HSET command will update the value of the field, not the entire hash.

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