If you’re running Ubuntu, there’s a good chance the version of Redis available in the repo is pretty old. Here’s how you can install the latest version of Redis on your Ubuntu or Debian box – these instructions should work on any Linux server.
On Debian or Ubuntu, make sure you have the ability to compile source code.
sudo apt-get install make gcc g++
Create a directory where you want to download and compile Redis. I usually go with a tmp directory in my home directory.
In the directory (e.g. ~/tmp/redis), run this.
Extract the tarball.
tar xvzf redis-stable.tar.gz
Compile the source.
cd redis-stable make
Run the tests to make sure everything is good.
sudo make install
Create a redis user.
sudo useradd -s /bin/false -d /var/lib/redis -M redis
Create Redis pid, config and log directories. If you already installed Redis at some point, you might not need to do the following, but you can figure that out for yourself.
sudo mkdir /var/run/redis/ -p; sudo chown redis:redis /var/run/redis sudo mkdir /etc/redis; sudo chown redis:redis /etc/redis -Rf sudo mkdir /var/log/redis/ -p; sudo chown redis:redis /var/log/redis/ -Rf sudo mkdir /etc/redis; sudo cp redis.conf /etc/redis/redis.conf; sudo chown redis:redis /etc/redis/redis.conf
Create /etc/redis/redis.conf that looks like this.
daemonize yes pidfile /var/run/redis/redis.pid loglevel warning logfile /var/log/redis/redis.log port 6379 bind 127.0.0.1 dir /var/lib/redis
Create an init Upstart script that looks like this. Obviously, you don’t have to use Upstart, it’s actually being phased out in favor systemd, but you can decide how you want to fire up Redis on your server, here’s one option.
#!upstart description "Redis server" start on runlevel  stop on runlevel [!2345] expect fork respawn respawn limit 10 5 exec sudo -u redis /usr/local/bin/redis-server /etc/redis/redis.conf
Fire it up.
sudo service redis start
Make sure it’s working.
If you don’t get a PONG, verify you did all of the steps correctly, if you did, head over to Google and start searching.
Based on the Upstart script, Redis should start on boot and restart on crash.