Handling Redis Get Wrongtype Error in PHP (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

In PHP using Redis, the error labeled as 'WRONGTYPE' generally occurs when one tries to use a command associated with a specific type of data on an incompatible data type. For instance, using list-specific commands on string-type keys.

Code Examples

  1. Setting a string key and erroneously attempting to retrieve it as a List:
$redis = new Redis(); $redis->connect('', 6379); $redis->set('key1', 'Hello'); try { $redis->lRange('key1', 0, -1); } catch (Exception $e) { echo 'Error: ' . $e->getMessage(); }

In this example, we set 'key1' as a string and then attempt to retrieve it using 'lRange', which is a list operation. This will throw a WRONGTYPE Operation against a key holding the wrong kind of value error.

Best Practices

Ensure that you're using the correct operations for the data types stored under each key in Redis. If necessary, check the type of data stored under a key before running operations on it using the TYPE command.

Common Mistakes

A common mistake is not verifying the type of the data stored in a particular key before performing operations on it. This can lead to the WRONGTYPE error if the command used does not correspond to the actual data type.


  1. How can I check the data type of a key in Redis? You can use the TYPE command to retrieve the data type stored in a specific key.
  2. What types of data does Redis support? Redis supports several data types, including Strings, Lists, Sets, Sorted Sets, Hashes, Bitmaps, HyperLogLogs, and Streams.

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