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How to get all keys in Redis

How to get all keys in Redis

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Johnny
·Oct 1, 2022·

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In Redis, we use KEYS to retrieve specific keys we've defined in our database. For example, if we'd created a Redis key like this:

set someKeyName someValue

Then we could get that value by using KEYS like this:

KEYS someKeyName

Interestingly, Redis KEYS support glob style patterns - so we can match many keys using text familiar to you if you've ever worked with regex. Here are some examples:

  • someK?y - the question mark represents any one character - so someKqy, someKay, someKyy, etc, are all valid.
  • someK*y - the asterisk represents any character including spaces - so someKy is valid
  • someK[a-d]y - to match someKay, someKby, someKcy or someKdy.
  • someK[ea]y, - to match someKey or someKay
  • someK[^10]y - where [^10] means any number before 10 not including 10.
  • someK[^e]y - where [^e] means any letter before e, but not including e.

This glob style pattern support also lets us retrieve all keys at once. Since the asterisk () or wild card symbol is supported, to retrieve all keys in redis at once, you only have to run `KEYS `:

KEYS *

If you have a lot of keys, this may not be what you want to do - but for certain use cases, it can be quite useful to retrieve all keys in Redis at once.

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