Error: celery cannot connect to redis

What's Causing This Error

The error 'celery cannot connect to redis' typically occurs when Celery, a task queue library written in Python, is unable to establish a connection with Redis, an in-memory data structure store. There can be several reasons for the failure to connect, such as incorrect configuration settings, network connectivity issues, or Redis server downtime.

If the Redis server is not running, Celery will not be able to connect to it and will throw the error. Similarly, if the Redis instance is not configured to listen on the expected port or has a different password set than what is specified in the Celery configuration, the connection will fail. Network connectivity problems, including firewalls, proxy servers, and DNS resolution issues, can also prevent Celery from connecting to Redis.

Solution - Here's How To Resolve It

  1. Check Redis server status: Ensure that the Redis server is running and accessible. You can verify this by trying to connect to Redis using the Redis command-line tool or a Redis client library from the machine where Celery is running. If you can't connect, make sure Redis is properly installed and running on the expected host and port.

  2. Verify Celery configuration: Double-check your Celery configuration to ensure that the host and port settings match the Redis server's details. The configuration file is typically named or, depending on your setup. Ensure that the BROKER_URL or CELERY_BROKER_URL setting specifies the correct Redis connection details.

  3. Check authentication settings: If your Redis server requires authentication, make sure you have provided the correct credentials in your Celery configuration. Check if the BROKER_PASSWORD or CELERY_BROKER_PASSWORD setting is correctly set to the Redis authentication password.

  4. Verify firewall and security groups: Ensure that there are no firewall rules or security group settings blocking the connection between Celery and Redis. Check if the necessary network ports (usually 6379) are open for communication. Consult your system administrator or network configuration to verify if there are any restrictions in place.

  5. Test connectivity from the command line: Try connecting to Redis using the Redis command-line tool from the machine where Celery is running. Run the following command, replacing <redis_host> and <redis_port> with the appropriate values:

redis-cli -h <redis_host> -p <redis_port>

If the connection is successful, you should see a Redis command prompt. If not, it indicates a connectivity issue between your machine and the Redis server.

6.Review logs and error messages: Examine the logs and error messages generated by Celery. Look for any specific error messages related to the connection failure. Celery usually logs to stdout, so you can check the output where you started Celery or examine any log files you have configured.

7.Verify Redis configuration: Check the Redis configuration file (redis.conf) and ensure that it allows external connections and is configured to listen on the correct network interface. Look for the bind directive and ensure it's set to the appropriate IP address or to listen on all interfaces.

8.Restart services: Try restarting both Celery and Redis services. Sometimes, a restart can resolve temporary issues.

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