Getting Number of Subscribers in Redis with PHP (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

In real-time applications, it may be necessary to get the number of subscribers for a particular Redis channel. This could be used to monitor user engagement, or manage resources effectively.

Code Examples

PHPRedis extension provides a function called pubSub which can be used to achieve this.


$redis = new Redis(); $redis->connect('', 6379); $response = $redis->pubsub('numsub', 'channel-name'); echo $response['channel-name'];

In this example, we are connecting to the local Redis server on port 6379 and getting the number of subscribers for 'channel-name'. The pubsub method returns an array where each key is a channel and each value is the count of subscribers.

Best Practices

Ensure your Redis server is running and the PHPRedis extension is installed and enabled in your PHP environment. Also, use persistent connections where possible to optimize performance.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake is not checking if the connection to the Redis server was successful before trying to perform operations on it. Another common error is not checking if 'channel-name' actually exists before attempting to retrieve its subscriber count.


Q: What if the channel does not exist? A: If the channel does not exist, the numsub command will return 0.

Q: Can I get the number of subscribers for multiple channels at once? A: Yes, you can pass multiple channel names to the numsub command, like this: $response = $redis->pubsub('numsub', 'channel1', 'channel2');

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