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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).

KeyDB is now built with TLS enabled by default, where all KeyDB packages and distributions are shipped with TLS enabled. To build without TLS support you will need to run make BUILD_TLS=no.


To run KeyDB 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 certificate.

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

Running manually#

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

./src/keydb-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 KeyDB server with keydb-cli:

./src/keydb-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 KeyDB 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.

Note that unlike Redis, KeyDB fully supports multithreading of TLS connections.

To-Do List#

  • keydb-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.
  • keydb-cli --slave and --rdb support.


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

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