Set Up Tutorial

In REEM, data is passed between client programs and a centralized Redis server. This tutorial will demonstrate how to set up the server and connect to it with a REEM client. Both the server and client will run on the local machine.


  • Python 3.5+

  • Linux, macOS, or Windows

Installing Redis and ReJSON (Linux or MacOS)

This section goes through how to set up a server. REEM runs on Redis and requires the ReJSON module. We will install both and check that they are working.

DO NOT install Redis through apt-get install redis-server This will install Redis 3 which does not support modules, and you will not be able to run REEM.

Redis install

The following script will download and build Redis with supporting packages from source inside a folder we will call rejson-server. REEM has been tested with Redis version 5.0.4. You may want to pull the latest version of Redis in the future. Change the versioning in the script appropriately.

Once you download and build Redis from source, you will need to access two executables: redis-server and redis-cli. The former is the executable that launches a redis-server. The latter is a useful command line interface (cli) that allows for easy testing. The executables are located at



The script below gives them aliases to make things easier. Note that these aliases will disappear when the terminal closes.

mkdir rejson-server
cd rejson-server
tar xzf redis-5.0.4.tar.gz
cd redis-5.0.4/deps
make hiredis lua jemalloc linenoise
cd ..
alias redis-server=$PWD/src/redis-server
alias redis-cli=$PWD/src/redis-cli
cd ..

Check that the version of Redis you have is 5.0.x by running redis-server --version Now, check that the redis server will boot. Run redis-server in your terminal. The redis server will take over your terminal and run until it is killed.

Open up another terminal and run redis-cli. The CLI will take over that terminal and your prompt should look like> Execute a basic set and get with Redis, ensuring the output looks similar to the output below:> SET key 1
OK> GET key

Congratulations! You have successfully installed and ran Redis. Shutdown the Redis server (issue the shutdown command in the cli) and exit the cli.

Installing ReJSON

ReJSON is a third party module that introduces a JSON datatype to Redis. REEM relies on it extensively

Starting from inside the rejson-server folder, continuing from the Redis installation script, the following will build ReJSON from source.

git clone
cd redisjson
cd ..

The above script produces an compiled library file at rejson-server/redisjson/src/ Redis needs to be told to use that library file, and so the last line downloads a configuration file that enables ReJSON when Redis uses it.

Some details about this configuration file:

  • Line 46 (in the modules section) says loadmodule redisjson/src/ specifying the compiled library for rejson

  • Line 71 (in the network section) says bind to bind only to the local host network interface.

If you later want to make this redis server accessible on a network, you must change line 71 to bind to that interface too. For example if the computer hosting the redis server has an ip address on the network, this line should become bind so that it binds to the local interface and the network interface.

Let’s test the ReJSON installation. Run redis-server redis.conf. This will start the Redis server with ReJSON. Open another terminal and run redis-cli. Be sure you can execute the following in that redis-cli prompt> JSON.SET foo . 0

You can then press Ctrl+C or enter “exit” to exit.

Installing Redis and ReJSON (Windows)

For Windows, you will use the [Windows builds of Redis]( and [ReJSON](

To install Redis, grab one of the 5.x installs from this page and install it on your machine. We have tested this to work on version 5.0.14. The files will typically be in “C:Program FilesRedis”, which you may want to add to your PATH for convenience.

Next, download a release from the ReJSON releases. We have tested this to work on version 1.0.6. Create a folder named rejson-server, and unzip the release into this folder. You should now have a DLL and PDB file here.

Then, download an example redis.conf file, such as the default here, and put it into rejson-server. Then, in the section labeled “MODULES”, add the line “loadmodule ReJSON.dll”. Save and close the file.

Finally, open a Command Prompt and navigate to the rejson-server folder. Enter

> "C:\Program Files\Redis\redis-server.exe" redis.conf

which will start a redis server.

To test that everything is working, open another command prompt and enter:

> "C:\Program Files\Redis\redis-cli.exe"

And then at the prompt type:> JSON.SET foo . 0

If you get something other than OK, you have misconfigured the server.

That’s it! Close out of the second command prompt window and continue on with the rest of the tutorial.

Setting up REEM

The REEM client provides a convenient Python frontend to Redis / ReJSON. First, install REEM and its dependencies with the below command

python -m pip install reem

Then, make sure a redis server is available for a client to connect to. If a server is not already running, run redis-server redis.conf in a terminal and leave that terminal be.

In another window, verify that the server is running and properly configured using:

> redis-cli

Then, check that you can execute the following:> JSON.SET foo . 0
OK> exit

Now, let’s test REEM. Copy the below into a file and run it:

from reem import KeyValueStore
import numpy as np
import time

server = KeyValueStore("localhost")

# Set a key and read it and its subkeys
server["foo"] = {"number": 100.0, "string": "REEM"}
print("Reading Root  : {}".format(server["foo"].read()))
print("Reading Subkey: {}".format(server["foo"]["number"].read()))

# Set a new key that didn't exist before to a numpy array
server["foo"]["numpy"] = np.random.rand(3,4)
time.sleep(0.0001)  # Needed on ubuntu machine for numpy set to register?
print("Reading Root  : {}".format(server["foo"].read()))
print("Reading Subkey: {}".format(server["foo"]["numpy"].read()))

The output should appear something like the below

Reading Root  : {'number': 100, 'string': 'REEM'}
Reading Subkey: 100
Reading Root  : {'number': 100, 'string': 'REEM', 'numpy': array([[0.41949741, 0.40785201, 0.70637666, 0.1809309 ],
       [0.37884759, 0.70176005, 0.14115555, 0.82246663],
       [0.24243882, 0.86587402, 0.19852017, 0.21833667]])}
Reading Subkey: [[0.41949741 0.40785201 0.70637666 0.1809309 ]
 [0.37884759 0.70176005 0.14115555 0.82246663]
 [0.24243882 0.86587402 0.19852017 0.21833667]]

The code connects to a Redis server and set s a dictionary with basic number and string data. It then reads and prints that data. Next, it sends a numpy array to Redis and reads that back as well.

Congratulations! You have got REEM working on your machine! Continue to the next section to see what else REEM can do.