Retrieving Multiple Keys in PHP Using Redis (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

The mget method in Redis is used when you want to retrieve multiple keys at once. This is commonly used when you have a series of keys and you want to avoid multiple trips to the server. This can significantly improve efficiency and speed up your PHP application.

Code Examples

In this example, we are retrieving the values of key1, key2, and key3 using the mget method.

$redis = new Redis(); $redis->connect('', 6379); $values = $redis->mget(array('key1', 'key2', 'key3')); print_r($values);

The mget method returns an array with the values of the specified keys. If a certain key does not exist, it will return FALSE at that position in the result array.

Best Practices

When using mget, ensure that all the keys belong to the same data type. Also, try to limit the number of keys to prevent overloading the server. While there's no hard limit on the amount of keys you can get at once, it's generally better to stay in the range of hundreds or low thousands.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake is trying to get non-existent keys or keys of different data types. This can lead to unexpected results or errors.


  • Is there a limit on how many keys I can get at once with mget? There's no hard limit imposed by Redis. However, fetching a large number of keys can impact performance.
  • What happens if one of the keys doesn't exist? The mget method will return FALSE at that position in the result array.

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