scredis / scredis   2.4.3

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Non-blocking, ultra-fast Scala Redis client built on top of Akka IO.

Scala versions: 2.13 2.12 2.11

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Scredis is a reactive, non-blocking and ultra-fast Scala Redis client built on top of Akka IO. It has been (and still is) extensively used in production at Livestream.


  • Supports all Redis commands up to v3.0.0
  • Built on top of Akka non-blocking IO
  • Super fast, see Benchmarks section below
  • Automatic reconnection
  • Automatic pipelining
  • Transactions
  • Pub/Sub
    • Subscribe selectively with partial functions
    • Tracked Subscribe and Unsubscribe commands (they return a Future as any other commands)
    • Automatically resubscribes to previously subscribed channels/patterns upon reconnection
  • Cluster support via RedisCluster
  • Customizable serialization and deserialization of command inputs and outputs
  • Fully configurable
    • Akka dispatchers
    • Pipelined write batch size
    • Receive timeout
    • TCP buffer size hints
    • Request encoding buffer pool
    • Concurrent requests cap (bounded memory consumption)

Getting started


Scredis 2.2.5+ is compatible with Scala 2.11, 2.12 and 2.13. Binary releases are hosted on the Sonatype Central Repository.

libraryDependencies += "com.github.scredis" %% "scredis" % "2.4.3"

Snapshots / development versions are hosted on a separate bintray repository.

resolvers += Resolver.bintrayRepo("scredis","maven")

libraryDependencies += "com.github.scredis" %% "scredis" % "<version>"

Scredis library is tested on CI against Redis version 6.0.5. Using redis version 6.0.5 or above gives best compatibility guarantees. If you find any issues with your version of Redis please open issue on github providing your Redis server version and version of scredis you use.

Quick example

import scredis._
import scala.util.{ Success, Failure }

// Creates a Redis instance with default configuration.
// See reference.conf for the complete list of configurable parameters.
val redis = Redis()

// Import internal ActorSystem's dispatcher (execution context) to register callbacks
import redis.dispatcher

// Executing a non-blocking command and registering callbacks on the returned Future
redis.hGetAll("my-hash") onComplete {
  case Success(content) => println(content)
  case Failure(e) => e.printStackTrace()

// Executes a blocking command using the internal, lazily initialized BlockingClient
redis.blocking.blPop(0, "queue")

// Shutdown all initialized internal clients along with the ActorSystem
import scredis.PubSubMessage
private val subscriptionHandler: Function[PubSubMessage, Unit] = {
  case m: PubSubMessage.Subscribe => println(s"Subscribed to channel ${}")
  case m: PubSubMessage.Message => println(s"Received message for channel ${} with data ${m.readAs[String]()}")
  case m: PubSubMessage.Unsubscribe => println(s"Unsubscribed from channel ${m.channelOpt}")
  case m: PubSubMessage.PSubscribe => println(s"Subscribed to channels matching pattern ${m.pattern}")
  case m: PubSubMessage.PMessage => println(s"Received message for pattern ${m.pattern} on channel ${} with data ${m.readAs[String]()}")
  case m: PubSubMessage.PUnsubscribe => println(s"Unsubscribed from pattern matching ${m.patternOpt}")
  case e: PubSubMessage.Error => println(s"Scredis received error $e")

// Creates a Redis instance with default configuration.
// Provide custom function handling pub/sub related events
val redis = scredis.Redis(subscription = subscriptionHandler)

// Subscribes to a Pub/Sub channel using the internal, lazily initialized SubscriberClient
redis.subscriber.subscribe("My Channel")

// Later unsubscribe from channel
redis.subscriber.unsubscribe("My Channel")

// Shutdown all initialized internal clients along with the ActorSystem

Performance benchmark

The following benchmarks have been performed using ScalaMeter with the SeparateJvmsExecutor, configured with Warmer.Default, Measurer.Default and Aggregator.average. The source code can be found here.

Running benchmark tests

Execute ./ script to launch redis-server which will be used for performance testing. Tests are executed against locally running redis-server instance.

You can simply run tests from intellij or execute them from console with command:

sbt "bench:testOnly scredis.ClientBenchmark"

When you want to update test results please remember to do following steps:

  • Check scala version / scredis client version / scredis-server version and update if needed.
  • Replace current results with output of a command from above


# scala version: 2.13.1
# scredis version: 2.3.4

> java -version
java version "1.7.0_45"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_45-b18)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 24.45-b08, mixed mode)

> redis-server --version
Redis server v=5.0.7 sha=00000000:0 malloc=jemalloc-5.2.1 bits=64 build=49eb440ab0786b6a

[info] :::Summary of regression test results - Accepter():::
[info] Test group: Client.PING
[info] - Client.PING.Test-0 measurements:
[info]   - at size -> 100000: passed
[info]     (mean = 194.73 ms, ci = <41.74 ms, 347.73 ms>, significance = 1.0E-10)
[info]   - at size -> 200000: passed
[info]     (mean = 323.44 ms, ci = <159.08 ms, 487.81 ms>, significance = 1.0E-10)
[info]   - at size -> 300000: passed
[info]     (mean = 421.09 ms, ci = <352.69 ms, 489.48 ms>, significance = 1.0E-10)
[info] Test group: Client.GET
[info] - Client.GET.Test-1 measurements:
[info]   - at size -> 100000: passed
[info]     (mean = 312.43 ms, ci = <159.13 ms, 465.73 ms>, significance = 1.0E-10)
[info]   - at size -> 200000: passed
[info]     (mean = 404.21 ms, ci = <304.02 ms, 504.41 ms>, significance = 1.0E-10)
[info]   - at size -> 300000: passed
[info]     (mean = 793.53 ms, ci = <544.09 ms, 1042.97 ms>, significance = 1.0E-10)
[info] Test group: Client.SET
[info] - Client.SET.Test-2 measurements:
[info]   - at size -> 100000: passed
[info]     (mean = 272.35 ms, ci = <134.87 ms, 409.83 ms>, significance = 1.0E-10)
[info]   - at size -> 200000: passed
[info]     (mean = 471.69 ms, ci = <303.79 ms, 639.59 ms>, significance = 1.0E-10)
[info]   - at size -> 300000: passed
[info]     (mean = 615.98 ms, ci = <412.76 ms, 819.19 ms>, significance = 1.0E-10)
[info] Summary: 3 tests passed, 0 tests failed.

Running the tests locally

The tests require two Redis instances to be running with some specific configuration options set. They can be started with the script. Stopping is done with script

Some tests require redis-cluster, redis-cluster can be started with 6 redis instances will be started on ports 7000-7005 without authorization.


Scredis uses sbt-dynver plugin to automatically manage versioning.

Releases are only performed from a master branch.

If current commit on master branch is not tagged then a previous tag is used as base version with added current date (snapshot version).

If current commit on master is tagged then a version is the same as tag and this version is stable.

Build on travis checks what is current branch and if it is master it executes publish step.

Publish step uses sbt plugin sbt-bintray to publish artifacts to bintray repository.

Bintray repository

Released version is automatically populated to jcenter bintray

Manual step is needed to populate to mvnrepository

Maintainer performing stable release should:

  • switch to master branch and update README with tag X.Y.Z
  • for simplicity execute: export SCREDIS_VERSION="X.Y.Z"
  • commit changes git add && git commit -m "Release version v${SCREDIS_VERSION}"
  • git tag -a "v${SCREDIS_VERSION}" -m "Release version v${SCREDIS_VERSION}" # tag current commit with given tag
  • execute ./ && git add -A && git commit --amend --no-edit to append changes to last commit
  • git push origin v${SCREDIS_VERSION} && git push # tags are not automatically pushed by git push
  • create new release on github
  • go to bintray and click 'Sync' to push released version to mvnrepository.


Can be found in

Documentation is generated using sbt plugin paradox.

All files found in src/main/paradox are converted to proper html files and placed into target/paradox/site/main.

To generate documentation one must execute sbt paradox.

Github is configured to serve scredis page from files found in /docs that's why there is a need to copy generated documentation to mentioned directory to be properly served by github.

To ease this process there is a script called that generates and moves documentation into proper place.

When locally working on documentation this script can be used and documentation can be found in ./docs/index.html.

All snipets should be added to Examples.scala in test scope and included from documentation to ensure snipets always compile with latest version.


Copyright (c) 2013 Livestream LLC. All rights reserved.

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