How to get all Keys in Redis?

David Beroff

Well-known member
Jun 14, 2016
Hello friends,

I am currently working on a Redis tutorial, and I would like to include a section on how to retrieve all keys stored in a Redis database. While Redis is a powerful key-value store, getting a list of all keys is a common operation that developers might need to perform.

If you have experience with Redis and are familiar with the methods for retrieving all keys, I would greatly appreciate your insights. Please share the steps or commands required to fetch all the keys stored in a Redis database.

Consider explaining any relevant options or parameters that can be used with the Redis commands to customize the retrieval process, and also mention any potential performance considerations when dealing with large datasets.

Your expertise will help our users and clients effectively manage their Redis databases and access the necessary information.

Thank you for contributing your valuable knowledge to my tutorial!

Looking forward to reading your guidance,

Dr. McKay

Well-known member
Nov 26, 2016
In Redis, you can retrieve all keys stored in a database using the `KEYS` or `SCAN` commands. However, it's essential to be cautious when using the `KEYS` command in production environments as it can block the Redis server for an extended period, impacting the overall performance.

1. Using the KEYS command:
The `KEYS` command allows you to retrieve all keys matching a specific pattern. To get all keys in the database, you can use a wildcard pattern (`*`), which matches all keys. Here's how you can use the `KEYS` command:

Please note that while the `KEYS *` command will give you all keys in the database, it may cause performance issues if you have a large dataset since it needs to scan the entire keyspace. Therefore, it's generally recommended to avoid using `KEYS` in production environments.

2. Using the SCAN command:
The `SCAN` command provides an alternative to the `KEYS` command for safely iterating over the keyspace without blocking the Redis server. It returns a cursor-based result, which means it returns a subset of keys and a cursor to continue the iteration. You can keep using the cursor until it returns 0, indicating that the iteration is complete.

The `SCAN` command also supports a `MATCH` option to filter keys based on a pattern. Here's an example:

SCAN 0 MATCH prefix:*
In this example, it will return keys starting with "prefix:".

Using `SCAN` is recommended over `KEYS` for retrieving all keys in a production environment since it doesn't block the Redis server and allows you to iterate through keys safely.

Here's a simple example in Python to demonstrate using the `SCAN` command:

import redis

redis_client = redis.StrictRedis(host='localhost', port=6379, db=0)

cursor, keys = redis_client.scan(cursor=0, match='*')

while cursor != 0:
    for key in keys:
    cursor, keys = redis_client.scan(cursor=cursor, match='*')
In this example, we use the Python Redis library to retrieve all keys using the `SCAN` command. The iteration continues until the cursor becomes 0, meaning all keys have been processed.

Note that both the `KEYS` and `SCAN` commands may have performance implications with large datasets, so it's essential to use them judiciously and consider potential impacts on Redis server performance. In production environments, prefer using the `SCAN` command over `KEYS`, and if possible, apply filtering based on key patterns to limit the number of keys returned.

I hope it helps!
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