Install redis and activeMQ on Linux

I have a series of blog posts I’m planning to add here soon; to illustrate one way for ensuring the separation of CMS and a web applications by having the CMS publish the model via a Message Queue to a key-value store, to be consumed by the view layer via a lightweight middle tier.

I’ve previously coded a proof of concept on a macbook pro. Installing redis and ActiveMQ was quite straightforward on OSX. I simply installed them using homebrew. I was surprised to find on my PC (running Linux Mint, which is based on Ubuntu) that I couldn’t use the APT package installer in a similar way

installing redis on Linux

You need to build redis on Linux, which is oddly satisfying to do. Start off by updating all of the apt-get packages:

sudo apt-get update

Once the process finishes, download a compiler with build essential which will help us install Redis from source. Get ‘buid-essential’ and ‘tcl’;

sudo apt-get install build-essential

sudo apt-get install tcl8.5

With everything we need now downloaded we can build and install redis from source. First download redis from Version 2.8.2 was the latest  when I did this. Untar it and switch into your chosen folder:

tar xzf redis-2.8.2.tar.gz

Run the make command – not forgetting to run ‘make test’ afterwards.


make test

Finally install the program system-wide.

sudo make install

UPDATE: I’ve installed Fedora 20 (more about that in a future post) to dual-boot with Linux Mint and only the previous three steps are required once you’ve downloaded the tarball.

Redis comes with a script that sets up Redis to run as a background daemon. To access the script go to the utils directory. From there, run the script.

As the script runs,  choose the default options by pressing enter. Start and stop redis with  ‘sudo service redis_6379 start’ and ‘sudo service redis_6379 stop’.

install ActiveMQ

This was much easier. Download the latest version from here;

and simply run activeMQ with ‘./activemq start’ and ‘./activemq stop’ from the bin folder.

Don’t forget that the default user/password for activeMQ is admin/admin

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