ApsaraDB for Redis integrates the key analysis feature of Database Autonomy Service (DAS). The real-time key statistics feature allows you to view large keys and hotkeys in instances in real time. It also allows you to query large keys and hotkeys that were generated within the last four days. You can use this feature to obtain key information, such as memory usage and access frequency of keys, and optimize instances based on the information.


An instance of the ApsaraDB for Redis Community Edition whose major version is 5.0 or 6.0 or a performance-enhanced instance of the ApsaraDB for Redis Enhanced Edition (Tair) is used. For more information about performance-enhanced instances, see Performance-enhanced instances.


Key Definition
large key ApsaraDB for Redis sorts list, hash, set, and zset keys based on the number of elements in these keys. ApsaraDB for Redis considers the top three keys that have the most elements as large keys. If two keys have the same number of elements, the key that first reaches this number of elements ranks higher.
  • For a cluster instance or a read/write splitting instance, the system displays the three largest keys in each data shard or each read replica. For more information about cluster instances and read/write splitting instances, see Cluster master-replica instances and Read/write splitting instances.
  • You can use the offline key analysis feature to obtain more statistics about large keys, such as the memory usage and distribution of keys, the memory usage and distribution of elements in keys, and the expiration time of keys. For more information, see Offline key analysis.
  • Statistics about keys that are not queried for a long time period may not be collected. For more information about how to obtain details about large keys, see Offline key analysis.
hotkey ApsaraDB for Redis uses efficient sorting and statistical algorithms based on the Least Frequently Used (LFU) cache to identify hotkeys in an instance.
  • ApsaraDB for Redis Community Edition allows you to query up to 20 hotkeys at a time. ApsaraDB for Redis Enhanced Edition (Tair) allows you to query up to 50 hotkeys at a time.
  • In most cases, if the number of queries per second (QPS) is more than 3,000 for a key, the key is considered to be a hotkey.


  1. Log on to the ApsaraDB for Redis console and go to the Instances page. In the top navigation bar, select the region in which the instance is deployed. Then, find the instance and click its ID.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, choose CloudDBA > Real-time Key Statistics.
  3. Click the Real-time tab to view real-time data or click the History tab to view historical data based on your business requirements.
    Figure 1. Real-time key statistics
    Real-time key statistics
    • If the instance is a cluster instance or a read/write splitting instance, you can select a node from the Current Node drop-down list.
    • If the QPS of a key reaches 6,000, the system stops calculating the accurate QPS of the key. In this case, >=6000 is displayed for such a hotkey in the Access Frequency column.
    • On the History tab, you can query the historical large keys and hotkeys within the last four days. The time range to query cannot exceed 3 hours. For example, if the current time is 16:00 on July 15, 2021, you can query the large keys and hotkeys from 16:00 on July 11 to 16:00 on July 15. If you set the beginning of the time range to 16:00 on July 11, the end of the time range cannot be later than 19:00 on July 11.

Related API operations

DAS API operation Description
DescribeHotBigKeys Queries the hotkeys and large keys in the memory in real time.
DescribeTopHotKeys Queries the top 20 hotkeys over a specified period of time.
DescribeTopBigKeys Queries the top 20 large keys over a specified period of time.
DescribeHotKeys Queries the hotkeys of an ApsaraDB for Redis instance.