For the most part, Relay can be used just like PhpRedis. There are some exceptions.

$redis = new Relay;
$redis->connect('', 6379);

Relay additionally does connection pooling and shares socket connections to Redis within the same worker process when possible.


Given that all of Relay’s connections are persistent, it has to store passwords in memory. To protect against side-channel attacks, all secrets are encrypted with the XTEA block cipher, and decoded only when needed for authentication/re-authentication.

To authenticate, use the auth() method:

$relay = new Relay;
$relay->connect('localhost', 6379);

// When using Redis 6 ACLs:
$relay->auth(['username', 'password']);

When using Relay’s modern syntax, use the context parameter:

$relay = new Relay(
    host: 'localhost',
    port: 6379,
    context: [
        'auth' => ['username', 'password']

Timeouts, retries and backoff

When establishing a new connection, the timeouts work just like PhpRedis.

  • The timeout option is used when establishing a connection to Redis
  • The read_timeout option is used when Relay is reading from Redis Server

However, the retry_interval option will be ignored. We suggest using a backoff algorithm and retries:

$relay = new Relay;

$relay->setOption(Relay::OPT_MAX_RETRIES, 5);
$relay->setOption(Relay::OPT_BACKOFF_BASE, 25); // 25ms, similar to `retry_interval`
$relay->setOption(Relay::OPT_BACKOFF_CAP, 1000); // 1s, like the `timeout`

$relay->connect(host: '', timeout: 1.0, read_timeout: 1.0);

Client-only connections

In some cases it may be useful to disable Relay’s in-memory cache and have it just act like a faster PhpRedis, even when Relay did create a shared memory.

Use the $context parameter on connect() or when constructing a new instance:

$relay = new Relay(
    host: 'localhost',
    port: 6379,
    context: ['use-cache' => false]

The endpointId() will tell you whether a connection uses the in-memory cache:

$relay->endpointId(); // "tcp://default@"

Secure connections

When using secure sockets, ensure that the socket timeout is set to at least one second. Setting the timeout too low can lead to numerous timeouts when the server load is high. Setting it too high can result in your application taking a long time to detect connection issues.

$relay = new Relay(
    host: 'tls://',
    port: 19139,
    timeout: 2.5,
    context: [
        'stream' => [
            'verify_peer' => false,
            'verify_peer_name' => false,