Getting a List in Node.js using Redis (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

Retrieving a list from Redis is a common use case when you need to get an array of elements saved previously. These lists can serve as message queues, timelines, or even just a simple stack or queue.

Code Examples

The following example demonstrates how to retrieve a list in Node.js using the redis module:

const redis = require('redis');
const client = redis.createClient();

client.lrange('mylist', 0, -1, function(err, reply) {

In this code:

  • 'mylist' is the key associated with the list in Redis.
  • 0 and -1 specify the range of elements to retrieve from the list. In this case, it retrieves all elements in the list.

Another example shows how to get only the first three items from the list:

client.lrange('mylist', 0, 2, function(err, reply) {

Best Practices

  • Make sure that the key you're trying to retrieve actually corresponds to a list. If it's not, you'll get an error.
  • You should handle any possible errors in the callback to prevent crashes in your application.

Common Mistakes

  • Not understanding that Redis lists are 0-indexed and inclusive. When you do lrange('mylist', 0, 2), it includes the element at index 2.


Q: What does -1 mean in the lrange command? A: In the context of the Redis lrange command, -1 means 'until the end of the list'.

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