Redis HVALS with Python (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

The HVALS command in Redis is used to retrieve all the values in a hash stored at a specific key. This is useful in scenarios where you need just the values without the associated fields, especially when working with semi-structured data.

Code Examples

Here's an example of how you might use the HVALS command in Python with the redis-py library.

import redis # create a connection to the Redis server r = redis.Redis(host='localhost', port=6379, db=0) # set a hash value r.hset("myhash", "field1", "value1") r.hset("myhash", "field2", "value2") # get all values of the hash values = r.hvals("myhash") print(values) # Output: [b'value1', b'value2']

In this example, we first establish a connection to the Redis server. We then add two fields ("field1" and "field2") with corresponding values ("value1" and "value2") to the hash stored at key "myhash". The hvals method is then used to retrieve all the values from the hash, and it returns a list of the values.

Best Practices

  1. Be aware that the order of values returned by HVALS matches the order of the fields as they were inserted.
  2. HVALS can have significant performance implications on large hash objects as it's a blocking operation.

Common Mistakes

  1. Trying to use HVALS on a key that has non-hash data type will return an error. Always ensure that the key holds hash data before using HVALS.
  2. Not checking for the existence of a key before using HVALS. This leads to error or None type return. Always check if key exists before using HVALS.


  1. What are the differences between HGETALL and HVALS?

    HGETALL returns all fields and values of the hash stored at the key, while HVALS only returns the values.

  2. What happens when HVALS is used on an empty hash or a non-existing key?

    It returns an empty list in both cases.

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