Configuring Redis

Running Redis on the application server

Using an alternate local Redis Instance

Omnibus GitLab provides an instance of Redis by default. Administrators who wish to point the GitLab application at their own locally running Redis instance should make the following changes in gitlab.rb. Run gitlab-ctl reconfigure for the changes to take effect.

redis['enable'] = false

# Redis via TCP
gitlab_rails['redis_host'] = ''
gitlab_rails['redis_port'] = 6379

# OR Redis via Unix domain sockets
gitlab_rails['redis_socket'] = '/tmp/redis.sock' # defaults to /var/opt/gitlab/redis/redis.socket

# Password to Authenticate to alternate local Redis if required
gitlab_rails['redis_password'] = 'Redis Password'

Making a bundled Redis instance reachable via TCP

Use the following settings if you want to make one of the Redis instances managed by Omnibus GitLab reachable via TCP.

redis['port'] = 6379
redis['bind'] = ''

Setting up a Redis-only server

If you’d like to setup a separate Redis server (e.g. in the case of scaling issues) for use with GitLab you can do so using Omnibus GitLab.

Setting up the Redis Node

Note: Redis does not require authentication by default. See Redis Security documentation for more information. We recommend using a combination of a Redis password and tight firewall rules to secure your Redis service.

  1. Download/install Omnibus GitLab using steps 1 and 2 from GitLab downloads. Do not complete other steps on the download page.
  2. Create/edit /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb and use the following configuration.

    # Disable all services except Redis
    redis_master_role['enable'] = true
    # Redis configuration
    redis['port'] = 6379
    redis['bind'] = ''
    # If you wish to use Redis authentication (recommended)
    redis['password'] = 'Redis Password'
    # Disable automatic database migrations
    #   Only the primary GitLab application server should handle migrations
    gitlab_rails['auto_migrate'] = false

    Note: The redis_master_role['enable'] option is only available as of GitLab 8.14, see gitlab_rails.rb to understand which services are automatically disabled via that option.

  3. Run sudo gitlab-ctl reconfigure to install and configure Redis.

Configuring the GitLab Application Node

  1. The following settings point the GitLab application at the external Redis service:

    redis['enable'] = false
    gitlab_rails['redis_host'] = ''
    gitlab_rails['redis_port'] = 6379
    # Required if Redis authentication is configured on the Redis node
    gitlab_rails['redis_password'] = 'Redis Password'
  2. Run sudo gitlab-ctl reconfigure to configure the application to use the external Redis node.

Using Google Cloud Memorystore

Google Cloud Memorystore does not support the Redis CLIENT command. By default Sidekiq will attempt to set the CLIENT for debugging purposes. This can be disabled via this configuration setting:

gitlab_rails['redis_enable_client'] = false

Increasing the number of Redis connections beyond the default

By default Redis will only accept 10,000 client connections. If you need more that 10,000 connections set the maxclients attribute to suit your needs. Be advised that adjusting the maxclients attribute means that you will also need to take into account your systems settings for fs.file-max (for example sysctl -w fs.file-max=20000)

redis['maxclients'] = 20000

Tuning the TCP stack for Redis

The following settings are to enable a more performant Redis server instance. tcp_timeout is a value set in seconds that the Redis server waits before terminating an idle TCP connection. The tcp_keepalive is a tunable setting in seconds to TCP ACKs to clients in absence of communication.

redis['tcp_timeout'] = "60"
redis['tcp_keepalive'] = "300"

Running with multiple Redis instances

GitLab includes support for running with separate Redis instances for different persistence classes, currently: cache, queues, shared_state and actioncable.

Instance Purpose
cache Store cached data
queues Store Sidekiq background jobs
shared_state Store session-related and other persistent data
actioncable Pub/Sub queue backend for ActionCable
  1. Create a dedicated instance for each persistence class as per the instructions in Setting up a Redis-only server
  2. Set the appropriate variable in /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb for each instance you are using:

    gitlab_rails['redis_cache_instance'] = REDIS_CACHE_URL
    gitlab_rails['redis_queues_instance'] = REDIS_QUEUES_URL
    gitlab_rails['redis_shared_state_instance'] = REDIS_SHARED_STATE_URL
    gitlab_rails['redis_actioncable_instance'] = REDIS_ACTIONCABLE_URL

    Note: Redis URLs should be in the format: redis://PASSWORD@REDIS_HOST:PORT/2


    • PASSWORD is the plaintext password for the Redis instance
    • REDIS_HOST is the hostname or IP address of the host
    • REDIS_PORT is the port Redis is listening on, the default is 6379
  3. Run gitlab-ctl reconfigure

Redis Sentinel

For details on configuring Redis Sentinel, see

Setting the Redis Cache instance as an LRU

Using multiple Redis instances allows you to configure Redis as a Least Recently Used cache. Note you should only do this for the Redis cache instance; the Redis queues and shared state instances should never be configured as an LRU, since they contain data (e.g. Sidekiq jobs) that is expected to be persistent.

To cap memory usage at 32GB, you can use:

redis['maxmemory'] = "32gb"
redis['maxmemory_policy'] = "allkeys-lru"
redis['maxmemory_samples'] = 5

Using a Redis HA setup


Using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)

Redis v3.2.x does NOT support SSL out of the box. However, you can encrypt a Redis connection using stunnel. AWS ElasticCache also supports Redis over SSL.

Renamed commands

By default, the KEYS command is disabled as a security measure.

If you’d like to obfuscate or disable this command, or other commands, edit the redis['rename_commands'] setting in /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb to look like:

redis['rename_commands'] = {
  'KEYS': '',
  • OTHER_COMMAND is the command you want to modify
  • VALUE should be one of:
    1. A new command name.
    2. ’’, which completely disables the command

To disable this functionality:

  1. Set redis['rename_commands'] = {} in your /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb file
  2. Run sudo gitlab-ctl reconfigure


  • GitLab does NOT ship with stunnel or other tools to provide encryption for the Redis server. However, GitLab does provide client support via the rediss:// (as opposed to redis://) URL scheme.

  • Redis Sentinel does NOT support SSL yet. If you use Redis Sentinel, do not activate client support for SSL. This pull request may bring native support to Redis 6.0.

Activating SSL (client settings)

To activate GitLab client support for SSL, do the following:

  1. Add the following line to /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb:

    gitlab_rails['redis_ssl'] = true
  2. Run sudo gitlab-ctl reconfigure for the changes to take effect.

SSL certificates

If you are using custom SSL certificates for Redis, be sure to add them to the trusted certificates.

Lazy freeing

Redis 4 introduced lazy freeing. This can improve performance when freeing large values.

This setting defaults to false. To enable it, you can use:

redis['lazyfree_lazy_eviction'] = true
redis['lazyfree_lazy_expire'] = true
redis['lazyfree_lazy_server_del'] = true
redis['replica_lazy_flush'] = true

Common Troubleshooting

x509: certificate signed by unknown authority

This error message suggests that the SSL certificates have not been properly added to the list of trusted certificates for the server. To check whether this is an issue:

  1. Check Workhorse logs in /var/log/gitlab/gitlab-workhorse/current.

  2. If you see messages that look like:

    2018-11-14_05:52:16.71123 time="2018-11-14T05:52:16Z" level=info msg="redis: dialing" address="redis-server:6379" scheme=rediss
    2018-11-14_05:52:16.74397 time="2018-11-14T05:52:16Z" level=error msg="unknown error" error="keywatcher: x509: certificate signed by unknown authority"

    The first line should show rediss as the scheme with the address of the Redis server. The second line indicates the certificate is not properly trusted on this server. See the previous section.

  3. Verify that the SSL certificate is working via these troubleshooting steps.

NOAUTH Authentication required

A Redis server may require a password sent via an AUTH message before commands are accepted. A NOAUTH Authentication required error message suggests the client is not sending a password. GitLab logs may help troubleshoot this error:

  1. Check Workhorse logs in /var/log/gitlab/gitlab-workhorse/current.

  2. If you see messages that look like:

    2018-11-14_06:18:43.81636 time="2018-11-14T06:18:43Z" level=info msg="redis: dialing" address="redis-server:6379" scheme=rediss
    2018-11-14_06:18:43.86929 time="2018-11-14T06:18:43Z" level=error msg="unknown error" error="keywatcher: pubsub receive: NOAUTH Authentication required."
  3. Check that the Redis client password specified in /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb is correct:

    gitlab_rails['redis_password'] = 'your-password-here'
  4. If you are using the Omnibus-provided Redis server, check that the server has the same password:

    redis['password'] = 'your-password-here'

Redis connection reset (ECONNRESET)

If you see Redis::ConnectionError: Connection lost (ECONNRESET) in the GitLab Rails logs (/var/log/gitlab-rails/production.log), this might indicate that the server is expecting SSL but the client is not configured to use it.

  1. Check that the server is actually listening to the port via SSL. For example:

    /opt/gitlab/embedded/bin/openssl s_client -connect redis-server:6379
  2. Check /var/opt/gitlab/gitlab-rails/etc/resque.yml. You should see something like:

      url: rediss://:mypassword@redis-server:6379/
  3. If redis:// is present instead of rediss://, the redis_ssl parameter may not have been configured properly, or the reconfigure step may not have been run.

Connecting to Redis via the CLI

When connecting to Redis for troubleshooting you can use:

  • Redis via Unix domain sockets:

    /opt/gitlab/embedded/bin/redis-cli -s /var/opt/gitlab/redis/redis.socket
  • Redis via TCP:

    /opt/gitlab/embedded/bin/redis-cli -h -p 6379
  • Password to authenticate to Redis if required:

    /opt/gitlab/embedded/bin/redis-cli -h -p 6379 -a <password>