Getting a Key Value in Redis using Ruby (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

In Ruby applications, getting a key value from a Redis store is commonly used for various purposes such as caching data, session storage etc. This operation retrieves the value associated with a specific key.

Code Examples

The Ruby Redis client library provides a get method to fetch the value of a key. Here's a basic example:

require 'redis'

redis =
redis.set('key', 'value')

value = redis.get('key')
puts value

In this example, we first connect to the Redis server using We then add a key-value pair ('key' and 'value') using the set method. Finally, we use get to retrieve the value of 'key' and print it to the console.

Best Practices

  • Remember to handle exceptions for situations where a non-existent key is requested. In such cases, Redis will return nil.
  • Consider using pipelining if you are fetching multiple keys at once to reduce latency.

Common Mistakes

  • Assuming that the get function will return an error if the key does not exist. It actually returns nil, so make sure your code handles this case correctly.


Q: What happens if I try to get a key that does not exist in Redis? A: The get command will return nil when trying to retrieve a key that doesn't exist in Redis.

Q: Can I fetch the values of multiple keys at once? A: Yes, you can use the mget command to retrieve the values of multiple keys at once.

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