Get First 10 Keys in Redis Using PHP (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

Retrieving the first 10 keys from a Redis database using PHP is often useful when you need to sample data or debug specific issues. For example, you may want to get a quick glimpse of what types of keys are available in the database or understand the structure of your data.

Code Examples

Let's assume that we are using Predis, a flexible and feature-complete Redis client library for PHP.

Example 1:

require 'vendor/autoload.php'; Predis\Autoloader::register(); try { $client = new Predis\Client(); $keys = $client->keys('*'); $firstTenKeys = array_slice($keys, 0, 10); foreach ($firstTenKeys as $key) { echo 'Key: ', $key, '\n'; } } catch (Exception $e) { echo 'Caught exception: ', $e->getMessage(), '\n'; }

In this example, we connect to the Redis server using Predis, fetch all keys matching the pattern '*' (which means all keys), and then use array_slice to retrieve the first 10 keys. Finally, we print these keys.

Best Practices

  • When using the keys command, be aware that it can negatively impact performance on large databases, as it needs to look through every key in the database. If possible, use scan instead, which is a cursor-based iterator and is more efficient.
  • Also, try to avoid using wildcard characters like '*' in production environments, as it can increase the load on the database.

Common Mistakes

  • One common mistake is failing to handle exceptions which might be thrown if the Redis server is not available or some other error occurs. Always use try-catch blocks to handle potential exceptions while interacting with Redis.


Q: Can I get keys by a specific pattern?

A: Yes, you can replace '' with your specific pattern when calling the keys command. For example, 'user:' would return all keys that start with 'user:'

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