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DUMP key

Time complexity: O(1) to access the key and additional O(NM) to serialize it, where N is the number of Redis objects composing the value and M their average size. For small string values the time complexity is thus O(1)+O(1M) where M is small, so simply O(1).

ACL categories: @keyspace, @read, @slow

Serialize the value stored at key in a Dragonfly-specific format and return it to the user. The returned value can be synthesized back into a Dragonfly key using the RESTORE command.

The serialization format is opaque and non-standard, however it has a few semantic characteristics:

  • It contains a 64-bit checksum that is used to make sure errors will be detected. The RESTORE command makes sure to check the checksum before synthesizing a key using the serialized value.
  • Values are encoded in the same format used by the snapshotting algorithm.

The serialized value does NOT contain expire information. In order to capture the time to live of the current value the PTTL command should be used.

If key does not exist a nil bulk reply is returned.


Bulk string reply: the serialized value.


> SET mykey 10
> DUMP mykey