Redis Sorted Set: Get Highest Score (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

  • Retrieving the member with the highest score in a game leaderboard.
  • Finding the most popular item based on voting or rating systems.
  • Identifying the latest entry in a time-series dataset where scores represent timestamps.

Code Examples


Using the zrevrange command to get the member with the highest score:

import redis r = redis.Redis(host='localhost', port=6379, db=0) highest_score_member = r.zrevrange('my_sorted_set', 0, 0, withscores=True) print(highest_score_member)


Using the zrevrange command with the ioredis library:

const Redis = require('ioredis'); const redis = new Redis(); redis.zrevrange('my_sorted_set', 0, 0, 'WITHSCORES').then((result) => { console.log(result); });


Using the ZRANGE command with the go-redis library:

package main import ( "fmt" "" "context" ) func main() { ctx := context.Background() rdb := redis.NewClient(&redis.Options{ Addr: "localhost:6379", }) result, err := rdb.ZRevRangeWithScores(ctx, "my_sorted_set", 0, 0).Result() if err != nil { panic(err) } fmt.Println(result) }

Best Practices

  • Ensure that your sorted sets are properly indexed to avoid performance degradation when querying large datasets.
  • Use appropriate key namespacing to prevent conflicts in large-scale applications.

Common Mistakes

  • Forgetting to include the WITHSCORES option to retrieve both the members and their scores.
  • Misinterpreting the zrevrange command's range parameters (start and stop are inclusive).


Q: What is the difference between ZRANGE and ZREVRANGE? A: ZRANGE retrieves elements in ascending order by score, while ZREVRANGE retrieves them in descending order.

Q: How can I efficiently remove the highest score after retrieving it? A: Use a transaction (MULTI/EXEC) to ensure atomicity when getting and removing the element with the highest score.

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