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TLS Support

Getting Started


To build with TLS support you'll need OpenSSL development libraries (e.g.
libssl-dev on Debian/Ubuntu).

Run make BUILD_TLS=yes.


To run Redis test suite with TLS, you'll need TLS support for TCL (i.e.
tcl-tls package on Debian/Ubuntu).

  1. Run ./utils/ to generate a root CA and a server

  2. Run ./runtest --tls or ./runtest-cluster --tls to run Redis and Redis
    Cluster tests in TLS mode.

Running manually

To manually run a Redis server with TLS mode (assuming was
invoked so sample certificates/keys are available):

./src/redis-server --tls-port 6379 --port 0 \
    --tls-cert-file ./tests/tls/redis.crt \
    --tls-key-file ./tests/tls/redis.key \
    --tls-ca-cert-file ./tests/tls/ca.crt

To connect to this Redis server with redis-cli:

./src/redis-cli --tls \
    --cert ./tests/tls/redis.crt \
    --key ./tests/tls/redis.key \
    --cacert ./tests/tls/ca.crt

This will disable TCP and enable TLS on port 6379. It's also possible to have
both TCP and TLS available, but you'll need to assign different ports.

To make a Replica connect to the master using TLS, use --tls-replication yes,
and to make Redis Cluster use TLS across nodes use --tls-cluster yes.


All socket operations now go through a connection abstraction layer that hides
I/O and read/write event handling from the caller.

Multi-threading I/O is not currently supported for TLS, as a TLS connection
needs to do its own manipulation of AE events which is not thread safe. The
solution is probably to manage independent AE loops for I/O threads and longer
term association of connections with threads. This may potentially improve
overall performance as well.

Sync IO for TLS is currently implemented in a hackish way, i.e. making the
socket blocking and configuring socket-level timeout. This means the timeout
value may not be so accurate, and there would be a lot of syscall overhead.
However I believe that getting rid of syncio completely in favor of pure async
work is probably a better move than trying to fix that. For replication it would
probably not be so hard. For cluster keys migration it might be more difficult,
but there are probably other good reasons to improve that part anyway.

To-Do List

  • redis-benchmark support. The current implementation is a mix of using
    hiredis for parsing and basic networking (establishing connections), but
    directly manipulating sockets for most actions. This will need to be cleaned
    up for proper TLS support. The best approach is probably to migrate to hiredis
    async mode.
  • redis-cli --slave and --rdb support.


Consider the implications of allowing TLS to be configured on a separate port,
making Redis listening on multiple ports:

  1. Startup banner port notification
  2. Proctitle
  3. How slaves announce themselves
  4. Cluster bus port calculation