Redis-ha subchart

Redis is an advanced key-value cache and store. It is often referred to as a data structure server since keys can contain strings, hashes, lists, sets, sorted sets, bitmaps and hyperloglogs.

The chart deploys Redis on the Kubernetes cluster in the default configuration. By default this chart installs one master pod containing a redis master container, a sentinel container, 3 sentinels and 2 redis slaves. The configuration section lists the parameters that can be configured during installation.


  • Kubernetes 1.5+ with Beta APIs enabled
  • PV provisioner support in the underlying infrastructure


The following table lists the configurable parameters of the Redis chart and their default values.

Parameter Default Description
image.pullPolicy   Pull policy for the Redis image.
image.pullSecrets   Secrets to use for image repository.
image.repository Redis image.
image.tag latest Version of the Redis image to use.
init.image busybox initContainer image.
init.tag latest initContainer image tag.
metrics.enabled true Toggle Prometheus Redis exporter sidecar container.
nodeSelector {} Node labels for pod assignment.
rbac.create true Whether RBAC resources should be created.
replicas.sentinels 3 Number of sentinel pods.
replicas.servers 3 Number of redis master/slave pods.
resources.master Memory: 200Mi, CPU: 100m CPU/Memory for master nodes resource requests/limits.
resources.sentinel Memory: 200Mi, CPU: 100m CPU/Memory for sentinel node resource requests/limits.
resources.slave Memory: 200Mi, CPU: 100m CPU/Memory for slave nodes resource requests/limits.
servers.annotations {} See Appliance mode.
servers.serviceType ClusterIP Set to “LoadBalancer” to enable access from the VPC.
serviceAccount.create true Whether a new service account name that the agent will use should be created.   Service account to be used. If not set and serviceAccount.create is true a name is generated using the fullname template.
tolerations [] Toleration labels for pod assignment.

Chart configuration examples


pullSecrets allows you to authenticate to a private registry to pull images for a pod.

Additional details about private registries and their authentication methods can be found in the Kubernetes documentation.

Below is an example use of pullSecrets:

  repository: my.redis-ha.repository
  tag: latest
  pullPolicy: Always
  - name: my-secret-name
  - name: my-secondary-secret-name

Configuring metrics

By default, a sidecar container exposing a Prometheus metrics exporter is launched along with each Redis master/slave container. The exporter exposes a /metrics endpoint on port 9121. When metrics are enabled, annotations are added to each service allowing a Prometheus server to discover and scrape the exposed metrics.


This customized Redis server image determines whether the pod that executes it will be a Redis Sentinel, Master, or Slave and launches the appropriate service. This Helm chart signals Sentinel status with environment variables. If not set, the newly launched pod will query K8s for an active master. If none exists, it uses a deterministic means of sensing whether it should launch as master, then writes “master” or “slave” to the redis-role label as appropriate. This label determines which LB a pod can be seen through.

The redis-role=master pod is the key for the cluster to get started. Sentinels will wait for it to appear in the LB before they finish launching. All other pods wait for the Sentinels to ID the master. Running Pods also set the labels podIP and runID. runID is the first few characters of the unique run_id value generated by each Redis sever.

During normal operation, there should be only one redis-role=master pod. If it fails, the Sentinels will nominate a new master and change all the redis-role values appropriately.

To see the pod roles, run the following:

$ kubectl get pods -L redis-role