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How to build Redis Desktop Manager -

Redis Desktop Manager for Windows

Yes, it's been done already. No, it's still not particularly easy. You do not need to use either Qt Creator or VS2015.

I am building on information found here, here, and here. Thanks to these folks and the contributors to RDM.

With this document, I sought to "trim the fat" from these other guides and prove that VS2015 itself was not in fact necessary - just its tooling.


  • VS2017 Community
    • Workloads: "Desktop development with C++"
    • Individual components:
      • MSBuild
      • VC++ 2015 v14.00 (v140) toolset for desktop
      • Windows 10 SDK (10.0.14393)
      • Windows 10 SDK (10.0.17763)
      • Windows 8.1 SDK
  • Qt 5.9.x
  • 32-bit CMake 3.x
  • Python 2.7 - make sure the path to python.exe is in your Windows %PATH%
  • NSIS - only needed if you want to build an installer


From a Bash shell:

git clone --recursive -b 0.9.9
cd RedisDesktopManager/3rdparty/qredisclient/3rdparty/hiredis
git apply ../hiredis-win.patch


NOTE: Replace %BASEDIR% below with the path to the RedisDesktopManager directory you just cloned.

Now, find "Qt 5.9.7 32-bit for Desktop (MSVC 2015)" in your Start menu. Run it, and execute the following commands in the resulting terminal:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\VC\vcvarsall.bat"
set BASEDIR="C:\code\RedisDesktopManager"

.\build\utils\ "0.9.9" > .\src\version.h

cd %BASEDIR%\src
C:\Qt\5.9.7\msvc2015\bin\qmake CONFIG+=release
nmake /NOLOGO release

C:\Qt\5.9.7\msvc2015\bin\windeployqt --no-angle --no-opengl-sw --no-compiler-runtime --no-translations --release --force --qmldir .\src\qml .\bin\windows\release\rdm.exe

If you don't want or need an installer, then your binaries are in %BASEDIR%\bin\windows\release. If you are unlucky enough to need that... read on.


From the Qt terminal you used in the previous section:

cd %BASEDIR%\bin\windows\release
rmdir /s /q .\platforminputcontexts .\qmltooling .\QtGraphicalEffects
del /q .\imageformats\qjpeg.dll .\imageformats\qwebp.dll

cd %BASEDIR%\3rdparty\crashreporter
C:\Qt\5.9.7\msvc2015\bin\qmake CONFIG+=release
notepad Makefile.Release

Prepend the following to the DEFINES= on or around line 14: -DAPP_NAME=\"RedisDesktopManager\" -DAPP_VERSION=\""0.9.9"\" -DCRASH_SERVER_URL=\"\"

It shoud look like:


Then, back in the terminal:

nmake /NOLOGO release
cd %BASEDIR%\bin\windows\release
rmdir /s /q .\obj
del rdm.pdb
xcopy * %BASEDIR%\build\windows\installer\resources\ /s /e /y
"C:\Program Files (x86)\NSIS\makensis" /V1 /DVERSION="0.9.9" .\build\windows\installer\installer.nsi

There should now be a redis-desktop-manager-0.9.9.exe in %BASEDIR%\build\windows\installer.

Wasn't that fun?

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Dope! Thx!

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