Redis Sorted Set: Sort by Date (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

Sorting items such as events, tasks, or messages by date using a Redis sorted set. This is useful for applications that need to display time-ordered data efficiently.

Code Examples

To store items with a timestamp in a Redis sorted set and retrieve them sorted by date:


import redis from datetime import datetime # Connect to Redis r = redis.Redis(host='localhost', port=6379, db=0) # Add items with timestamps as scores r.zadd('events', {'event1': datetime(2023, 6, 1).timestamp()}) r.zadd('events', {'event2': datetime(2023, 6, 2).timestamp()}) # Get items sorted by date events = r.zrange('events', 0, -1, withscores=True) for event, score in events: print(event.decode(), datetime.fromtimestamp(score))


const redis = require('redis'); const client = redis.createClient(); client.on('connect', function() { console.log('Connected to Redis'); }); // Add items with timestamps as scores client.zadd('events', new Date('2023-06-01').getTime() / 1000, 'event1'); client.zadd('events', new Date('2023-06-02').getTime() / 1000, 'event2'); // Get items sorted by date client.zrange('events', 0, -1, 'WITHSCORES', (err, events) => { if (err) throw err; for (let i = 0; i < events.length; i += 2) { console.log(events[i], new Date(events[i + 1] * 1000)); } });


package main import ( "fmt" "" "context" "time" ) func main() { ctx := context.Background() rdb := redis.NewClient(&redis.Options{ Addr: "localhost:6379", }) // Add items with timestamps as scores rdb.ZAdd(ctx, "events", &redis.Z{Score: float64(time.Date(2023, 6, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, time.UTC).Unix()), Member: "event1"}) rdb.ZAdd(ctx, "events", &redis.Z{Score: float64(time.Date(2023, 6, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, time.UTC).Unix()), Member: "event2"}) // Get items sorted by date events, _ := rdb.ZRangeWithScores(ctx, "events", 0, -1).Result() for _, event := range events { fmt.Println(event.Member, time.Unix(int64(event.Score), 0)) } }


Q: Why use timestamps as scores in a sorted set? A: Timestamps provide a natural way to sort events chronologically, leveraging the efficient sorting capabilities of Redis sorted sets.

Q: How to handle time zones? A: Always store timestamps in UTC to avoid issues with time zones.

Q: What happens if two events have the same timestamp? A: Redis will maintain their insertion order relative to each other.

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