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A simple utility to setup redis and sentinel for testing very quickly


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A simple nodejs utility to start and stop a test sentinel and redis. Starts redis at port 16379 and sentinel at port 26379.

This is mainly intended as a test helper. If you have several projects which needs to run tests against redis and sentinel, you could include simple_sentinel as a package, and use it to start and stop your redis/sentinel setup.


For redis: we start redis with the following config

          --daemonize yes
          --logfile <file>
          --dir <dir>
          --loglevel verbose
          --port <port>

For sentinel: Created by reading this page:

          --daemonize yes
          --logfile <file>
          --pidfile <file>
          --loglevel verbose
          --port <port>

with additional configs:

  sentinel monitor <master_name> <host> <port> 1
  sentinel down-after-milliseconds <master_name> 2000
  sentinel failover-timeout <master_name> 90000
  sentinel parallel-syncs <master_name> 2


  • redis (tested @2.8.4)
  • node
  • Include this package in your project, run npm install.


-$ node_modules/simple_sentinel/bin/simple_sentinel --help
  Usage: simple_sentinel [start|stop]
    start     start redis and sentinel
    stop      stop redis and sentinel
    -h, --help  output usage information
    -f, --config specify a config file
    -r, --redis <ports separated by comma>
    -s, --sentinel <ports separated by comma>

Config file

We can specify different ports for redis and sentinels. The first redis port is treated as the master.

module.exports = {
  redis : {
    ports: [ 16379, 16380, 16381 ]
  sentinel: {
    ports: [ 26379, 26380, 26381 ]

In code

You can also use simple_sentinel from code.

var simple_sentinel = require('simple_sentinel');
return_code = simple_sentinel.start(config);
return_code = simple_sentinel.stop(config);

Notes about stop

Stops redis:16379 by sending 'redis-cli -p 16379 shutdown', so watch out if you have redis running on that port.

For the sentinel, since the 'shutdown' command is not working on redis v2.8.4, we try to 'kill -TERM cat'. If the pid file is not found, we further query by doing 'redis-cli -p 26379 | grep process_id', parse the pid and kill it.

Copyright and license

Copyright 2014-2015 Zendesk

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.

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