How to start using RDM

After you install RDM the first you need to do in order to start using it is create Connection to your Redis server. On the main screen press button Connect to Redis Server.

Connect to local or public redis-server

On the first tab Connection Settings put general info regarding connection that you are creating.

  • Name - name of new connection (example: my_local_redis)
  • Host - redis-server host (example: localhost)
  • Port - redis-server port (example: 6379)
  • Auth - redis-server authentication password (

Connect to public redis-server with SSL

If you want to connect to redis-server with SSL you need to enable SSL on the second tab and provide a public key in PEM format. Bellow you can find instructions for particular cloud services.

Windows Azure Redis Cache

  1. Create connection with all requested information
  2. Make sure that "Use SSL Protocol" checkbox is enabled
  3. Your Azure Redis connection is ready to use

Redis Labs

To connect Redis Labs instance with SSL/TLS encryption do following steps:

  1. Make sure that SSL is enabled for your Redis instance in Redis Labs dashboard.
  2. Download and unzip from Redis Labs dashboard
  3. Select garantia_user.crt in "Public key" field
  4. Select garantia_user_private.key in "Private key" field
  5. Select garantia_ca.pem in "Authority" field

Connect to private redis-server via SSH tunnel

Basic SSH tunneling

SSH tab is supposed to allow you using SSH tunnel. It's useful if your redis-server is not publicly accessible via a network. To use SSH tunnel select checkbox "Use SSH Tunnel". There are different security options: you can use a plain password or OpenSSH private key.

for Windows users:

Your private key is must be in .pem format.

Advanced SSH tunneling

If you need advanced SSH tunneling you should setup SSH tunnel manually and connect via localhost:

ssh SSH_HOST -L 7000:localhost:6379

How to connect to Redis ElastiCache through EC2

Follow instructions from this blog post

How to connect to Redis ElastiCache with In-Transit Encryption through EC2

Using RedisDesktopManager >=0.9.9

Click on "Enable TLS-over-SSH" in SSH connection settings and follow instructions from section How to connect to Redis ElastiCache through EC2

Using RedisDesktopManager <0.9.9

Follow instructions from this documentation section to setup stunnel on EC2 instance

After that connect to your Redis ElastiCache through EC2

Connect to UNIX socket

Redis Desktop Manager doesn't support UNIX sockets directly, but you can use redirecting of local socket to the unix domain socket, for instance with socat:

socat -v tcp-l:6379,reuseaddr,fork unix:/tmp/redis.sock

Advanced connection settings

Use the next tab Advanced settings in order to setup Namespace separator or other settings.

Next steps

Now you can test connection or create connection right away.

Congratulations, now you connected to your Redis Server. You should see something similar to what we showed on our screen.

Click on the connection and expand keys. By clicking the right button, you can see console menu and manage your connection from there.