The Redis manifesto states, “We’re against complexity,” followed by, “One of the main Redis goals is to remain understandable.” Although mainly referring to the Redis underlying code, we took these beliefs to heart when we worked on the brand new version of RedisInsight.
RedisInsight is the free tool that lets you do both GUI- and CLI-based interactions with your Redis database, and so much more when developing your Redis based application.
In the last year, we have seen great adoption of the tool—the number of active users has more than doubled over the year. This growth in user adoption has come with a lot of extensive feedback provided by our users via the in-app survey. So a makeover was much needed and due!
Our aim has always been to improve the developer experience and provide an environment that would encourage Redis-based ideation and prototyping. RedisInsight 2.0 is a complete product rewrite based on a new tech stack. This version contains a number of must-have and most-used capabilities from previous releases, plus a number of differentiators and delighters. We focused on ease of use and functionality so the app could deliver increased developer productivity and shorter time to market when developing with Redis!
RedisInsight now incorporates a completely new tech stack based on the popular Electron framework. You can run the application locally along with your favorite IDE, and it remains cross-platform, supported on Linux, Windows, and MacOS.
We’ve revamped a number of existing features, starting with the most popular ones:
A new workspace where you can build and run commands in a multiple line format and visualize their output in a way that’s easily digestible. Workbench highlights include:
Redis can hold a range of different data types. Visualizing these in a format that’s convenient to you for validation and debugging is paramount. You can now easily extend the core functionality independently by building your own custom visualization plugin. Reference example and documentation is provided for you to get quickly started.
We’ve introduced the much-requested Dark mode and adjusted the app color palette to adhere to the highest level of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
RedisInsight 2.0 code is now publicly available on GitHub! The reason for this is that we want to stay open and transparent, but also create a channel to easily engage with the Redis community looking to contribute towards the best-in-class Redis GUI.
This is just the start of the journey. We’d love your help to make RedisInsight even better, so we welcome feedback, suggestions, and contributions!
We’re already working on the next iteration of the app that will include, among other features:
You also might be interested to read about the public release of RedisJSON and its performance benchmarking (blog). RedisInsight 2.0 provides a built-in guided tutorial of the document capabilities that come with RedisJSON.
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