Laragon and Redis configuration

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Laragon is a powerful web development environment that allows developers to create and manage their PHP projects with ease. One of the key features of Laragon is its ability to easily integrate with various web technologies, including Redis.
 
Redis is an open-source, in-memory data structure store that is used as a database, cache, and message broker. It is often used in web applications to store session data, cache frequently accessed data, and manage message queues.

In this article, we will discuss how to configure Laragon to work with Redis.

Step 1: Download and Install Redis
The first step is to download and install Redis on your computer. You can download the latest version of Redis from the official website (https://redis.io/download). Once downloaded, extract the Redis files to a folder on your computer.

Step 2: Start Redis Server
To start the Redis server, navigate to the folder where you extracted the Redis files using the command prompt and run the following command:

redis-server

This will start the Redis server on the default port 6379.

Step 3: Configure Laragon to use Redis
Open Laragon and click on the Laragon icon in the system tray. Select "Preferences" from the dropdown menu.

In the preferences window, click on the "Services & Ports" tab. Under the "Services" section, click on the "Redis" checkbox to enable Redis.

In the "Redis Settings" section, enter the following information:
  • Redis Server Path: The path to the Redis server executable file (redis-server.exe)
  • Redis CLI Path: The path to the Redis command line interface executable file (redis-cli.exe)
  • Redis Port: The port on which Redis is running (default is 6379)
  • Redis Auth: The password to use for Redis authentication (if applicable)
Once you have entered the Redis settings, click on the "Save" button to save your changes.

Step 4: Test Redis Connection
To test the Redis connection, open a command prompt and run the following command:

redis-cli ping

If Redis is running and configured correctly, you should see the response "PONG".

Step 5: Use Redis in Your PHP Project
To use Redis in your PHP project, you will need to install the Redis PHP extension. You can do this by running the following command in the command prompt:

pecl install redis

Once the extension is installed, you can use the following code in your PHP project to connect to Redis:

$redis = new Redis();
$redis->connect('127.0.0.1', 6379);
This code will create a new Redis instance and connect to Redis running on the default port 6379 on the local machine.

In conclusion, configuring Laragon to work with Redis is a simple process that can greatly enhance the performance and functionality of your web applications. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily integrate Redis into your Laragon development environment and start reaping the benefits of this powerful technology.

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