Fixing "Could Not Connect to Redis at Connection Refused" Error

Redis is a widely-used, open-source, in-memory data structure store that can be used as a cache, message broker, and database. While working with Redis, you may encounter the common 'Could Not Connect to Redis at Connection Refused' error. This guide provides a step-by-step solution to fix this connection issue and helps you get back on track with your Redis-related tasks.

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Check if Redis is Running

Before diving into more complex solutions, it's important to ensure that Redis is running on your system. Use the following command to check the status of your Redis server:

redis-cli ping

If Redis is running, the command will return PONG. If not, proceed with the next step.

Start Redis Server

If Redis is not running, you need to start the Redis server. Use the following command to start Redis:


This command will start Redis with the default configuration. If you have a custom configuration file, use the following command:

redis-server /path/to/your/redis.conf

Replace /path/to/your/redis.conf with the actual path to your configuration file.

Check Redis Configuration

If Redis is running but you are still facing connection issues, it's time to check the Redis configuration file. Open the configuration file and look for the bind and port directives.

The default Redis configuration has the following settings:

port 6379

Ensure that the bind directive is set to or the IP address of your server. The port directive should be set to 6379 or the port on which your Redis server is running.

If you made any changes to the configuration file, restart Redis for the changes to take effect:

redis-cli shutdown
redis-server /path/to/your/redis.conf

Check Firewall Settings

If you've confirmed that Redis is running and the configuration is correct, you may be facing a firewall issue. Check your system's firewall settings and ensure that Redis's port is allowed.

For example, if you are using ufw (Uncomplicated Firewall) on Ubuntu, you can use the following command to allow Redis's port:

sudo ufw allow 6379

Replace 6379 with the actual port number if you are using a different port.


Q: Can I run Redis on a different port?

Yes, you can run Redis on any available port on your system. Change the port directive in the Redis configuration file to your desired port number and restart Redis.

Q: How do I check the Redis logs for errors?

You can find the Redis logs in the logfile directive in the Redis configuration file. By default, Redis logs are stored at /var/log/redis/redis-server.log.

Q: How can I secure my Redis server?

You can secure your Redis server by setting a password. Add the requirepass directive to your Redis configuration file with your desired password:

requirepass your-password

Q: Can I use a remote Redis server instead of a local one?

Yes, you can use a remote Redis server. Update the bind directive in your Redis configuration file to the IP address of the remote server and ensure that the remote server allows connections from your system.

Q: How can I check the current Redis configuration settings?

You can use the following command to check the current Redis configuration settings:

redis-cli config get '*'

This command will return a list of all configuration settings and their current values.

Learn more about Redis configuration

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