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Redis client for dart

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Redis protocol parser and client writent in dart language
It is fast and simple by design. It requres no external package to run.

Supported features:


Redis client is simple serialiser and desierialiser of redis protocol. There are also some addictional helping functon and classes available to make using redis features easier.

Redis protocol is composition of array, strings(and bulk) and integers. For example executing command SET is no more that serializing array of strings ["SET","key","value"]. Commands can be executed by

Future f = command.send_object(["SET","key","value"]);

This enables sending any command. Before sending commands one need to open connection to redis. I will assume that you are running redis server locally on port 6379. In this example we will open connection, execute command 'SET key 0' and then print result.

import 'package:redis/redis.dart';
RedisConnection conn = new RedisConnection();
conn.connect('localhost',6379).then((Command command){
    command.send_object(["SET","key","0"]).then((var response)

Due to simple implementation it is possible to execute command on different ways. One an most straightforward way is one after another

RedisConnection conn = new RedisConnection();
conn.connect('localhost',6379).then((Command command){
  .then((var response){
    assert(response == 'OK');
    return command.send_object(["INCR","key"]);
  .then((var response){
    assert(response == 1);  
    return command.send_object(["INCR","key"]);
  .then((var response){
    assert(response == 2);
    return command.send_object(["INCR","key"]);
  .then((var response){
    assert(response == 3);
    return command.send_object(["GET","key"]);
  .then((var response){
    return print(response); // 3

Other possibility is to execute commands one by one without waiting for previous command to complete. We can send all commands without need to wait for result and we can be still sure, that response handled by Future will be completed in correct order.

RedisConnection conn = new RedisConnection();
conn.connect('localhost',6379).then((Command command){
  .then((var response){
    assert(response == 'OK');
  .then((var response){
    assert(response == 1);  
  .then((var response){
    assert(response == 2);
  .then((var response){
    assert(response == 3);
  .then((var response){
     print(response); // 3

Difference is that there are 5 commands in last examples and only one on previous example.


Redis responses and request can be arbitrarly nested. Mapping

| Redis | Dart | | ------------- |:-------------:| | String | String | | Integer | Integer |
| Array | List |
| Error | RedisError |

* Both simple string and bulk string from redis are serialied to dart string. String from dart to redis is converted to bulk string. UTF8 encoding is used in both directions.

Lists can be nested. This is usefull when executing EVAL command

command.send_object(["EVAL","return {KEYS[1],{KEYS[2],{ARGV[1]},ARGV[2]},2}","2","key1","key2","first","second"])

result in

[key1, [key2, [first], second], 2]


Tested on laptop can execute and process 130K INCR operations per second.

This is code that yields such result

const int N = 200000;
int start;
RedisConnection conn = new RedisConnection();
conn.connect('localhost',6379).then((Command command){
  print("test started, please wait ...");
  start =  new;
  for(int i=1;i<=N;i++){
      if(i != v)
        throw("wrong received value, we got $v");
  //last command will be executed and then processed last
    double diff = (new - start)/1000.0;
    double perf = N/diff;
    print("$N operations done in $diff s\nperformance $perf/s");

We are not just sending 200K commands here, but also checking result of every send command.

Using command.pipe_start(); and command.pipe_end(); is nothing more that enabling and disabling Nagle's algorhitm on socket. By default it is disabled to achieve shortest possible latency at expense of having more TCP packets and extra overhead. Enabling Nagle's algorithm during transactions can achieve greater data throughput and less overhead.


Transactions by redis protocol are started by command MULTI and then completed with command EXEC. .multi(), .exec() and class Transaction are implemented as additional helpers for checking result of each command executed during transaction.

Future<Transaction> Command.multi();

Executing multi() will return Future with Transaction. This class should be used to execute commands by calling .send_object. It returns Future that is called after calling .exec().

import 'package:redis/redis.dart';

RedisConnection conn = new RedisConnection();
conn.connect('localhost',6379).then((Command command){
  command.multi().then((Transaction trans){
    for(int i=0;i<200000;++i){
      print("number is now $v");


It is impossible to write code that depends on result of previous command during transaction, because all commands are executed at once. To overcome this case, user should employ technique CAS. Cas is convenience class for simplifying this pattern.

Cas constructor requires Command as argument.

Cas implements two methods watch() and multiAndExec().
watch takes two arguments. First argument is list of keys to watch and second argument is handler to call and to proceed with CAS.

for example:["key1,key2,key3"],(){
  //body of CAS

Failure happens if watched key is modified out of transaction. When this happens handler is called until final transaction completes. multiAndExec is used to complete transation. Method takes handler where argument is Transaction.

For example:

//last part in body of CAS
cas.multiAndExec((Transaction trans){

imagine we have the need to atomically increment the value of a key by 1 (let's suppose Redis doesn't have INCR).

Cas cas = new Cas(command);["key"], (){
  command.send_object(["GET","key"]).then((String val){
    int i = int.parse(val);
    cas.multiAndExec((Transaction trans){


By default UTF8 encoding/decoding for string is used. Each string is converted in binary array using UTF8 encoding. This makes ascii string compatible in both direction.


PubSub is helper for dispatching received messages. First, create new PubSub from existing Command

PubSub pubsub=new PubSub(command);

Once PubSub is created, Command is invalidated and should not be used on same connection. PubSub allows commands

void subscribe(List<String> channels)
void psubscribe(List<String> channels)
void unsubscribe(List<String> channels)
void punsubscribe(List<String> channels)

and additional Stream getStream()

getStream returns Stream

Example for receiving and printing messages

  print("message: $message");

Sending messages can be done from different connection for example



In near future:

  • Better documentation
  • Implement all "generic commands" with named commands
  • Better error handling - that is ability to recover from error
  • Spell check code





  • Cas helper
  • improved unit tests


  • Improved performance by 10%
  • Pubsub interface uses Stream
  • Better test coverage
  • Improved documentation


  • Command raise error if used during transaction.


  • PubSub interface is made simpler but backward incompatible :(
  • README is updated

Use this package as a library

1. Depend on it

Add this to your package's pubspec.yaml file:

  redis: ^0.4.5

2. Install it

You can install packages from the command line:

with pub:

$ pub get

Alternatively, your editor might support pub get. Check the docs for your editor to learn more.

3. Import it

Now in your Dart code, you can use:

import 'package:redis/redis.dart';
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Health issues and suggestions

Fix lib/redisserialise.dart. (-90.04 points)

Analysis of lib/redisserialise.dart failed with 8 errors, 1 hint, including:

line 25 col 27: Undefined name 'ASCII'.

line 26 col 25: Undefined name 'ASCII'.

line 27 col 29: Undefined name 'ASCII'.

line 28 col 27: Undefined name 'ASCII'.

line 29 col 32: Undefined name 'ASCII'.

Fix lib/redisparser.dart. (-58.02 points)

Analysis of lib/redisparser.dart failed with 3 errors, 1 hint:

line 85 col 39: Undefined name 'UTF8'.

line 102 col 34: Undefined name 'UTF8'.

line 169 col 46: Undefined name 'UTF8'.

line 39 col 11: The value of the local variable 'size' isn't used.

Fix lib/lazystream.dart. (-43.75 points)

Analysis of lib/lazystream.dart failed with 2 errors:

line 82 col 27: The argument type '(List<dynamic>) → Null' can't be assigned to the parameter type '(dynamic) → void'.

line 189 col 3: 'LazyStreamFast.take_while' ('(Function) → Future<List<dynamic>>') isn't a valid override of 'LazyStream.take_while' ('(dynamic) → Future<List<dynamic>>').

Fix additional 8 files with analysis or formatting issues. (-51.88 points)

Additional issues in the following files:

  • lib/deprecated/pubsubcommand.dart (1 error, 1 hint)
  • lib/cas.dart (1 error)
  • lib/connection.dart (1 hint)
  • lib/pubsub.dart (1 hint)
  • lib/transaction.dart (1 hint)
  • lib/command.dart (Run dartfmt to format lib/command.dart.)
  • lib/deprecated/trie.dart (Run dartfmt to format lib/deprecated/trie.dart.)
  • lib/redis.dart (Run dartfmt to format lib/redis.dart.)

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Add SDK constraint in pubspec.yaml. (-50 points)

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Fix platform conflicts. (-20 points)

Error(s) prevent platform classification:

Error(s) in lib/lazystream.dart: 'LazyStreamFast.take_while' ('(Function) → Future<List<dynamic>>') isn't a valid override of 'LazyStream.take_while' ('(dynamic) → Future<List<dynamic>>').

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The description is too short. (-20 points)

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