Quickstart: Use Azure Cache for Redis with Go

In this article, you learn how to build a REST API in Go that stores and retrieves user information backed by a HASH data structure in Azure Cache for Redis.

Skip to the code on GitHub

If you want to skip straight to the code, see the Go quickstart on GitHub.


Create an Azure Cache for Redis instance

  1. To create a cache, sign in to the Azure portal and select Create a resource.

    Create a resource is highlighted in the left navigation pane.

  2. On the Get Started page, type Azure Cache for Redis in the search box. Then, select Create.

    Screenshot of the Azure Marketplace with Azure Cache for Redis in the search box and create is highlighted with a red box.

  3. On the New Redis Cache page, configure the settings for your cache.

    Setting Choose a value Description
    Subscription Drop down and select your subscription. The subscription under which to create this new Azure Cache for Redis instance.
    Resource group Drop down and select a resource group, or select Create new and enter a new resource group name. Name for the resource group in which to create your cache and other resources. By putting all your app resources in one resource group, you can easily manage or delete them together.
    DNS name Enter a unique name. The cache name must be a string between 1 and 63 characters that contain only numbers, letters, or hyphens. The name must start and end with a number or letter, and can't contain consecutive hyphens. Your cache instance's host name is <DNS name>.redis.cache.windows.net.
    Location Drop down and select a location. Select a region near other services that use your cache.
    Cache SKU Drop down and select a SKU. The SKU determines the size, performance, and features parameters that are available for the cache. For more information, see Azure Cache for Redis Overview.
    Cache size Drop down and select a size of your cache For more information, see Azure Cache for Redis Overview.
  4. Select the Networking tab or select the Networking button at the bottom of the page.

  5. In the Networking tab, select your connectivity method.

  6. Select the Next: Advanced tab or select the Next: Advanced button on the bottom of the page to see the Advanced tab.

    Screenshot showing the Advanced tab in the working pane and the available option to select.

    • For Basic or Standard caches, toggle the selection for a non-TLS port. You can also select if you want to enable Microsoft Entra Authentication.
    • For a Premium cache, configure the settings for non-TLS port, clustering, managed identity, and data persistence. You can also select if you want to enable Microsoft Entra Authentication.
  7. Select the Next: Tags tab or select the Next: Tags button at the bottom of the page.

  8. Optionally, in the Tags tab, enter the name and value if you wish to categorize the resource.

  9. Select Review + create. You're taken to the Review + create tab where Azure validates your configuration.

  10. After the green Validation passed message appears, select Create.

It takes a while for a cache to create. You can monitor progress on the Azure Cache for Redis Overview page. When Status shows as Running, the cache is ready to use.

Retrieve host name, ports, and access keys from the Azure portal

To connect your Azure Cache for Redis server, the cache client needs the host name, ports, and a key for the cache. Some clients might refer to these items by slightly different names. You can get the host name, ports, and keys from the Azure portal.

  • To get the access keys, select Authentication from the Resource menu. Then, select the Access keys tab.

    Azure Cache for Redis keys

  • To get the host name and ports for your cache, select Overview from the Resource menu. The host name is of the form <DNS name>.redis.cache.windows.net.

    Azure Cache for Redis properties

Review the code (Optional)

If you're interested in learning how the code works, you can review the following snippets. Otherwise, feel free to skip ahead to Run the application.

The open source go-redis library is used to interact with Azure Cache for Redis.

The main function starts off by reading the host name and password (Access Key) for the Azure Cache for Redis instance.

func main() {
    redisHost := os.Getenv("REDIS_HOST")
    redisPassword := os.Getenv("REDIS_PASSWORD")

Then, we establish connection with Azure Cache for Redis. We use tls.Config--Azure Cache for Redis only accepts secure connections with TLS 1.2 as the minimum required version.

op := &redis.Options{Addr: redisHost, Password: redisPassword, TLSConfig: &tls.Config{MinVersion: tls.VersionTLS12}}
client := redis.NewClient(op)

ctx := context.Background()
err := client.Ping(ctx).Err()
if err != nil {
    log.Fatalf("failed to connect with redis instance at %s - %v", redisHost, err)

If the connection is successful, HTTP handlers are configured to handle POST and GET operations and the HTTP server is started.


gorilla mux library is used for routing (although it's not strictly necessary and we could have gotten away by using the standard library for this sample application).

uh := userHandler{client: client}

router := mux.NewRouter()
router.HandleFunc("/users/", uh.createUser).Methods(http.MethodPost)
router.HandleFunc("/users/{userid}", uh.getUser).Methods(http.MethodGet)

log.Fatal(http.ListenAndServe(":8080", router))

userHandler struct encapsulates a redis.Client, which is used by the createUser, getUser methods - code for these methods isn't included for brevity.

  • createUser: accepts a JSON payload (containing user information) and saves it as a HASH in Azure Cache for Redis.
  • getUser: fetches user info from HASH or returns an HTTP 404 response if not found.
type userHandler struct {
    client *redis.Client

func (uh userHandler) createUser(rw http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
    // details omitted

func (uh userHandler) getUser(rw http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
    // details omitted

Clone the sample application

Start by cloning the application from GitHub.

  1. Open a command prompt and create a new folder named git-samples.

    md "C:\git-samples"
  2. Open a git terminal window, such as git bash. Use the cd command to change to the new folder where you want to clone the sample app.

    cd "C:\git-samples"
  3. Run the following command to clone the sample repository. This command creates a copy of the sample app on your computer.

    git clone https://github.com/Azure-Samples/azure-redis-cache-go-quickstart.git

Run the application

The application accepts connectivity and credentials in the form of environment variables.

  1. Fetch the Host name and Access Keys (available via Access Keys) for Azure Cache for Redis instance in the Azure portal

  2. Set them to the respective environment variables:

    set REDIS_HOST=<Host name>:<port> (e.g. <name of cache>.redis.cache.windows.net:6380)
    set REDIS_PASSWORD=<Primary Access Key>
  3. In the terminal window, change to the correct folder. For example:

    cd "C:\git-samples\azure-redis-cache-go-quickstart"
  4. In the terminal, run the following command to start the application.

    go run main.go

The HTTP server will start on port 8080.

Test the application

  1. Create a few user entries. The below example uses curl:

    curl -i -X POST -d '{"id":"1","name":"foo1", "email":"foo1@baz.com"}' localhost:8080/users/
    curl -i -X POST -d '{"id":"2","name":"foo2", "email":"foo2@baz.com"}' localhost:8080/users/
    curl -i -X POST -d '{"id":"3","name":"foo3", "email":"foo3@baz.com"}' localhost:8080/users/
  2. Fetch an existing user with its id:

    curl -i localhost:8080/users/1

    You should get JSON response as such:

        "email": "foo1@bar",
        "id": "1",
        "name": "foo1"
  3. If you try to fetch a user who doesn't exist, you get an HTTP 404. For example:

    curl -i localhost:8080/users/100
    HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found
    Date: Fri, 08 Jan 2021 13:43:39 GMT
    Content-Length: 0

Clean up resources

If you're finished with the Azure resource group and resources you created in this quickstart, you can delete them to avoid charges.


Deleting a resource group is irreversible, and the resource group and all the resources in it are permanently deleted. If you created your Azure Cache for Redis instance in an existing resource group that you want to keep, you can delete just the cache by selecting Delete from the cache Overview page.

To delete the resource group and its Redis Cache for Azure instance:

  1. From the Azure portal, search for and select Resource groups.

  2. In the Filter by name text box, enter the name of the resource group that contains your cache instance, and then select it from the search results.

  3. On your resource group page, select Delete resource group.

  4. Type the resource group name, and then select Delete.

    Delete your resource group for Azure Cache for Redis

Next steps

In this quickstart, you learned how to get started using Go with Azure Cache for Redis. You configured and ran a simple REST API-based application to create and get user information backed by a Redis HASH data structure.