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Configuring Redis using a ConfigMap

This page provides a real world example of how to configure Redis using a ConfigMap and builds upon the Configure Containers Using a ConfigMap task.

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Real World Example: Configuring Redis using a ConfigMap

You can follow the steps below to configure a Redis cache using data stored in a ConfigMap.

First create a ConfigMap from the examples/pods/config/redis-config file:

kubectl create configmap example-redis-config --from-file=https://k8s.io/examples/pods/config/redis-config
kubectl get configmap example-redis-config -o yaml
apiVersion: v1
data:
  redis-config: |
    maxmemory 2mb
    maxmemory-policy allkeys-lru
kind: ConfigMap
metadata:
  creationTimestamp: 2016-03-30T18:14:41Z
  name: example-redis-config
  namespace: default
  resourceVersion: "24686"
  selfLink: /api/v1/namespaces/default/configmaps/example-redis-config
  uid: 460a2b6e-f6a3-11e5-8ae5-42010af00002

Now create a pod specification that uses the config data stored in the ConfigMap:

pods/config/redis-pod.yaml
apiVersion: v1
kind: Pod
metadata:
  name: redis
spec:
  containers:
  - name: redis
    image: kubernetes/redis:v1
    env:
    - name: MASTER
      value: "true"
    ports:
    - containerPort: 6379
    resources:
      limits:
        cpu: "0.1"
    volumeMounts:
    - mountPath: /redis-master-data
      name: data
    - mountPath: /redis-master
      name: config
  volumes:
    - name: data
      emptyDir: {}
    - name: config
      configMap:
        name: example-redis-config
        items:
        - key: redis-config
          path: redis.conf

Create the pod:

kubectl create -f https://k8s.io/examples/pods/config/redis-pod.yaml

In the example, the config volume is mounted at /redis-master. It uses path to add the redis-config key to a file named redis.conf. The file path for the redis config, therefore, is /redis-master/redis.conf. This is where the image will look for the config file for the redis master.

Use kubectl exec to enter the pod and run the redis-cli tool to verify that the configuration was correctly applied:

kubectl exec -it redis redis-cli
127.0.0.1:6379> CONFIG GET maxmemory
1) "maxmemory"
2) "2097152"
127.0.0.1:6379> CONFIG GET maxmemory-policy
1) "maxmemory-policy"
2) "allkeys-lru"

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