How to connect to managed Redis database with Golang

I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with using the package to connect to a Digital Ocean managed Redis database?

I’ve tried the basic connection from the README file

client  := redis.NewClient(&redis.Options{
		Addr:     "CONNECT_STRING : PORT",
		Password: "PASSWORD", // password set
		DB:       0,  // use default DB
		MaxRetries: 3, //added after a google suggestion

	pong, err = client.Ping().Result()

	if err != nil {
		fmt.Printf("Cannot Ping: %v\n", err.Error())
	} else {
		fmt.Printf("Pong: %v\n", pong)

But when I come to test the connect, I don’t receive Pong as a reply, I get an error with the message


And when I come to check the logs in the control panel, I cannot see anything that looks like a connection attempt.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Hey! Just faced the same issue and find a working solution for using with (redis)

you can enable TLS easily with providing empty struct &tls.Config{} to TLSConfig in your connection config, so connecting to DO Managed Redis DB with connection string looks like:

if err != nil { panic(err) }
opt.TLSConfig = &tls.Config{}
client := redis.NewClient(opt)

Have a good day!

It’s bad, that DO doesn’t have an option to disable tls for Redis. I recently migrated from dickerized Redis on droplet - to managed DO Redis and had to change all connection code to Redis…

I found 2 ways to do that in go:

  1. Native go, I’m using redigo and there is TLS option.I haven’t tried it, but seems like it does tls. The problem with this approach for me was, that I’m using Iris framework, that doesn’t currently have an option to add this flag.

  2. Global way with stunnel. I followed this instruction and simply added it to my docker app.

  • apt-get install stunnel4 -y
  • download cert wget
  • create my.conf
client = yes
foreground = yes
debug = info
output = stunnel.log

accept  =<do-redis-port>
connect = <do-redis-host>:<do-redis-port>
TIMEOUTclose = 0
CAfile = <path to my.conf>
  • tunnel my.conf

Actually, maybe this will help you? I couldn’t figure it out either, and generally it seems like configuring tls for redis is a bit of a pain.

What I ended up doing, which works just fine for my purposes, was run redis as a docker container on the host. So I have a docker-compose setup that launches my app and redis as separate services, and the app depends on the redis service. Then I just set ‘redis’ (or whatever you decide to name the service) as my redis host.

I’m sure you could do this easily without a docker-compose setup, but this has been my local dev situation so it was easier to just translate that over for me.

Hope it helps