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Connect to an external Redis database

LangSmith uses Redis to back our queuing/caching operations. By default, LangSmith Self-Hosted will use an internal Redis instance. However, you can configure LangSmith to use an external Redis instance (strongly recommended in a production setting). By configuring an external Redis instance, you can more easily manage backups, scaling, and other operational tasks for your Redis instance.


Redis Cluster Not Supported

Certain tiers of managed Redis services may use Redis Cluster under the hood, but you can point to a single node in the cluster. For example on Azure Cache for Redis, the Premium tier and above use Redis Cluster, so you will need to use a lower tier.

Connection String

We use redis-py to connect to Redis. This library supports a variety of connection strings. You can find more information on the connection string format here.

You will need to assemble the connection string for your Redis instance. This connection string should include the following information:

  • Host
  • Database
  • Port
  • URL params

This will take the form of:


An example connection string might look like:


To use SSL, you can use the rediss:// prefix. An example connection string with SSL might look like:



With your connection string in hand, you can configure your LangSmith instance to use an external Redis instance. You can do this by modifying the values file for your LangSmith Helm Chart installation or the .env file for your Docker installation.

enabled: true
connectionUrl: "Your connection url"

Once configured, you should be able to reinstall your LangSmith instance. If everything is configured correctly, your LangSmith instance should now be using your external Redis instance.

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