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Redis JSON Update in Python (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

Updating JSON data stored in Redis is a common requirement for applications that need fast, real-time access to frequently changing structured data. Common use cases include:

  • Updating user profiles or settings.
  • Modifying configuration data.
  • Real-time data analytics where only parts of the data change frequently.

Code Examples

Using redis-py with rejson

Redis does not support JSON natively, but you can use the rejson module (now part of Redis as RedisJSON) to work with JSON data. Here’s how to update a JSON object in Redis using Python.

Example 1: Install and Setup

First, install the required libraries:

pip install redis pip install rejson

Example 2: Basic JSON Update

from redis import Redis from rejson import Client, Path # Connect to Redis server redis_client = Redis(host='localhost', port=6379, db=0) rj = Client(host='localhost', port=6379, decode_responses=True) # Initial JSON data user_profile = { "id": 1, "name": "John Doe", "age": 30, "email": "" } # Store JSON data rj.jsonset('user:1', Path.rootPath(), user_profile) # Update a field in the JSON object rj.jsonset('user:1', Path('.name'), "Jane Doe") updated_profile = rj.jsonget('user:1') print(updated_profile)


  • The Redis client (redis_client) connects to the Redis server.
  • The ReJSON client (rj) is used to interact with JSON data.
  • JSON data is initially stored with jsonset.
  • A specific field (name) is updated in the JSON object.

Example 3: Nested JSON Update

nested_profile = { "id": 1, "name": "John Doe", "contact": { "email": "", "phone": "123-456-7890" } } # Store nested JSON data rj.jsonset('user:2', Path.rootPath(), nested_profile) # Update a nested field in the JSON object rj.jsonset('user:2', Path(''), "") updated_nested_profile = rj.jsonget('user:2') print(updated_nested_profile)


  • Similar steps as the previous example but demonstrates updating a nested JSON field (

Best Practices

  • Use Atomic Operations: Ensure updates are atomic to avoid race conditions.
  • Schema Validation: Validate JSON schema before updating to prevent inconsistent data.
  • Efficient Indexing: Use proper keys and indices to make updates efficient.

Common Mistakes

  • Ignoring Connection Management: Not handling connection errors can lead to application crashes.
  • Incorrect Path Specification: Misplacing JSON paths can lead to incorrect updates. Always verify paths with a test get operation.
  • No Error Handling: Failing to handle exceptions raised during updates can cause data loss or corruption.


Q: Can I update multiple fields at once? A: Yes, you can update multiple fields by making separate jsonset calls or using Lua scripts for complex transactions.

Q: Is there a performance overhead with using JSON in Redis? A: There is some overhead, but it is generally minimal compared to other data structures. Proper indexing and optimized queries can mitigate it.

Q: How do I handle non-existent keys during an update? A: Check if the key exists using jsonget before performing an update to avoid exceptions.

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