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Running redis using upstart on Ubuntu

Running redis using upstart on Ubuntu

I've been trying to understand how to setup systems from the ground up on Ubuntu. I just installed redis onto the box and here's how I did it and some things to look out for.

To install:

sudo apt-get install redis-server

That will create a redis user and install the init.d script for it. Since upstart is now the replacement for using init.d, I figure I should convert it to run using upstart.

To disable the default init.d script for redis:

sudo update-rc.d redis-server disable

Then create /etc/init/redis-server.conf with the following script:

description "redis server"

start on runlevel [23]
stop on shutdown

exec sudo -u redis /usr/bin/redis-server /etc/redis/redis.conf


What this is is the script for upstart to know what command to run to start the process. The last line also tells upstart to keep trying to respawn if it dies.

One thing I had to change in /etc/redis/redis.conf is to change daemonize yes to daemonize no. What happens if you don't change it is that redis-server will fork and daemonize itself, and the parent process goes away. When this happens, upstart thinks that the process has died/stopped and you won't have control over the process from within upstart.

Now you can use the folowing commands to control your redis-server:

sudo start redis-server
sudo restart redis-server
sudo stop redis-server

Hope this was helpful!

caius commented Jan 2, 2011

It was helpful - thanks.

aoberoi commented Sep 10, 2011


+1 to you. Thanks!


gremmie commented May 4, 2012

Thank you.

Great article. Thank you!

Thanks, very helpful.


phpguru commented Jan 14, 2013

Works perfectly, thanks. The biggest surprise is setting daemonize to no in redis.conf.

twoolie commented Jan 24, 2013

check out an updated version that works with default redis.conf

I think you can setuid redis instead of using sudo -u

zampino commented May 10, 2013

very nice

The "disable" option for update-rc doesn't completely remove the redis bits. Use the 'remove' option instead:
update-rc.d -f redis-server remove

@bdotdub Great article! I saw @twoolie fork and merged all in a shell script version:

dh1tw commented Aug 14, 2013

That did the trick. thanks!

beckyb8 commented Nov 8, 2013

You made it almost /too/ easy! Many thanks!


jzwolak commented Nov 26, 2013

I also had to create the redis user since I didn't have one.

I used

adduser --system --no-create-home redis

And I created a directory for the database dump in /var/redis, chown redis /var/redis

And finally, changed the /etc/redis/redis.conf to have the following line

dir /var/redis

Thanks a bunch for this info!

Why not use setgid and setuid stanzas instead of sudo -u.

description "redis server"

# optional to run under the redis user
#setgid redis
#setuid redis

start on runlevel [23]
stop on shutdown

  redis-server PATH_TO_CONF
end script

dh1tw commented Mar 2, 2014

good tip to run change redis.conf -> deamonized no

sr3d commented Mar 22, 2014

nice write up. Very helpful for me to setup a new Redis instance

Thanks so much! Very helpful!

beckyb8 commented Aug 20, 2014

Worked a treat. Thank you!

JREAM commented Apr 11, 2015

Thanks awesome

Great job! Thanks

Just what I needed - thank you for the detailed write up!

Yes! Great! Thank you!!!!

minhvn commented Sep 28, 2016

Thank, great :)

padi commented Dec 28, 2016

Thank you! I would've missed that last detail on redis.conf.

onepip commented Jul 17, 2017

thank u

xcLtw commented Aug 14, 2017


mark. good post. thank you!

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