You can define custom Redis ACL rules to assign to a data access role or use predefined Redis ACLs.

Redis provides three predefined ACL rules, which are marked with the Redis logo and can not be changed:

  • Full-Access: Allows all commands.
  • Read-Write: Allows read and write commands and excludes dangerous commands.
  • Read-Only: Allows read commands only.

ACLs that are not marked with the Redis logo are user-defined ACL rules.

To configure a Redis ACL that you can assign to a data access role:

  1. Go to Data Access Control > ACLs and either select + to create a new Redis ACL or point to an existing ACL and select the pencil icon to edit it.

  2. Provide a descriptive name for the Redis ACL.

  3. Create the ACL rule. Define permissions using ACL syntax or use Rule Builder. To create a Redis ACL rule using Rule Builder:

    1. In Redis commands / categories, enter a command or command category. For more information, see Commands and Command categories.

    2. Select whether to include or exclude the command or category.

    3. For Keys, enter the pattern for permitted keys. For more information, see Key permissions.

    4. In Pub/Sub channels, enter a channel pattern to restrict pub/sub so it only allows access to the specified channels. For more information, see Redis pub/sub.

      The rule builder automatically adds resetchannels to the ACL rule when you save. This rule changes pub/sub access from permissive (allows access to all channels) to restrictive (blocks access to all channels).

      • Pub/Sub channels are only available in the Rule Builder for accounts that have Redis version 6.2 or later for all subscriptions.
      • If your account contains any Redis 6.0 subscriptions, you can’t use pub/sub ACLs. Contact support to upgrade the subscriptions to a later version.
    5. Select + to add more commands, categories, keys, or pub/sub channels to the ACL rule.

    6. When you finish building the ACL rule, select Save rule.

  4. Select the check mark to save your changes.

After you create a Redis ACL, you can assign it to a role. Redis ACLs are not fully verified until they are assigned to a role. For more information, see Create roles or Active-Active access roles for an Active-Active subscription.

Define permissions with ACL syntax

You can define these permissions using the Redis ACL syntax. This syntax lets you concisely specify which commands, command categories, keys, and pub/sub channels to allow.

  • + includes commands or command categories
  • - excludes commands or command categories
  • @ indicates a command category
  • ~ defines a permitted key pattern
  • & allows access to a pub/sub channel

Command ACL rules

A command can be any Redis command.

For example, this Redis ACL rule indicates that the SET command is permitted:


Command category ACL rules

A command category is a predefined, named set of commands.

For example, the Redis commands that read data are available in the read command category. This Redis ACL rule permits access to all read commands:

To find out which commands are included in the read command category, run the following command with redis-cli:

ACL CAT read

Key ACL rules

To specify which keys are accessible, use the key permissions syntax.

The following ACL rule allows access to all keys:


Whereas, this ACL rule only allows access to keys prefixed with cache:


Pub/sub ACL rules

Pub/sub ACL rules determine which pub/sub channels a user can access. For more information see, Redis pub/sub

For versions older than Redis 7.0, pub/sub is permissive and allows access to all channels by default.

Redis 7.0 makes pub/sub restrictive and blocks access to all channels in open source (OSS) Redis. However, Redis Cloud still defaults to permissive pub/sub even for Redis 7.0 subscriptions.

OSS Redis
pub/sub ACLs
Redis Cloud
pub/sub ACLs
6.0 Not supported Not supported
6.2 Permissive Permissive
7.0 Restrictive Permissive

Restrict channel access

To block access to all channels, use the following ACL rule:


If you want to limit access to specific channels, first include resetchannels. Then use & syntax to allow access to particular channels:

resetchannels &channel1 &channel2

Allow all channels

To make pub/sub explicitly permissive and allow users to access all channels, set the following rule:


Predefined permissions

Redis Cloud includes three predefined permissions:

Module command permissions

Note that you can define permissions for the Redis module commands of any modules that are part of your subscription; however, these permissions can only be used for databases that support those modules.