Retrieving a Key by Value in Redis Using Python (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

In Redis, data is stored as key-value pairs. However, Redis does not inherently support fetching a key by its associated value. This operation may be required when you have different keys with the same or similar values and you need to find those keys based on the value.

Code Examples

As Redis doesn't directly support this functionality, we need to create our own logic for this. Below is an example using python's redis library:

import redis db = redis.Redis(host='localhost', port=6379, db=0) def get_keys_by_value(value): keys = db.keys() result_keys = [key for key in keys if db.get(key) == value] return result_keys print(get_keys_by_value('desired_value'))

In this example, we're first fetching all keys from the Redis database. Later, we iterate over each key, checking if it has the desired value. If it does, we add it to our result list. The final list contains all the keys that have the provided value.

Best Practices

  • As getting a key by value in Redis requires scanning through every key-value pair, it can be a slow operation if the database is large. It's best to design your application in a way where direct key access is possible.
  • Always try to use specific patterns while setting keys in Redis which can make the search process more efficient.

Common Mistakes

  • Trying to get a key by value without considering the size of the database. This operation can be extremely slow on a large database and may have an impact on performance.


  • Can I get a key by value directly in Redis? No, Redis doesn't provide a built-in functionality to fetch a key by its value. You need to implement your own logic for this.

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