SSL/TLS is supported by Valkey as an optional feature that needs to be enabled at compile time.

Getting Started


To build with TLS support you'll need OpenSSL development libraries (e.g. libssl-dev on Debian/Ubuntu).

Build Valkey with the following command:

make BUILD_TLS=yes


To run Valkey test suite with TLS, you'll need TLS support for TCL (i.e. tcl-tls package on Debian/Ubuntu).

  1. Run ./utils/ to generate a root CA and a server certificate.

  2. Run ./runtest --tls or ./runtest-cluster --tls to run Valkey and Valkey Cluster tests in TLS mode.

Running manually

To manually run a Valkey server with TLS mode (assuming was invoked so sample certificates/keys are available):

./src/valkey-server --tls-port 6379 --port 0 \
    --tls-cert-file ./tests/tls/valkey.crt \
    --tls-key-file ./tests/tls/valkey.key \
    --tls-ca-cert-file ./tests/tls/ca.crt

To connect to this Valkey server with valkey-cli:

./src/valkey-cli --tls \
    --cert ./tests/tls/valkey.crt \
    --key ./tests/tls/valkey.key \
    --cacert ./tests/tls/ca.crt

Certificate configuration

In order to support TLS, Valkey must be configured with a X.509 certificate and a private key. In addition, it is necessary to specify a CA certificate bundle file or path to be used as a trusted root when validating certificates. To support DH based ciphers, a DH params file can also be configured. For example:

tls-cert-file /path/to/valkey.crt
tls-key-file /path/to/valkey.key
tls-ca-cert-file /path/to/ca.crt
tls-dh-params-file /path/to/valkey.dh

TLS listening port

The tls-port configuration directive enables accepting SSL/TLS connections on the specified port. This is in addition to listening on port for TCP connections, so it is possible to access Valkey on different ports using TLS and non-TLS connections simultaneously.

You may specify port 0 to disable the non-TLS port completely. To enable only TLS on the default Valkey port, use:

port 0
tls-port 6379

Client certificate authentication

By default, Valkey uses mutual TLS and requires clients to authenticate with a valid certificate (authenticated against trusted root CAs specified by ca-cert-file or ca-cert-dir).

You may use tls-auth-clients no to disable client authentication.


A Valkey master server handles connecting clients and replica servers in the same way, so the above tls-port and tls-auth-clients directives apply to replication links as well.

On the replica server side, it is necessary to specify tls-replication yes to use TLS for outgoing connections to the master.


When Valkey Cluster is used, use tls-cluster yes in order to enable TLS for the cluster bus and cross-node connections.


Sentinel inherits its networking configuration from the common Valkey configuration, so all of the above applies to Sentinel as well.

When connecting to master servers, Sentinel will use the tls-replication directive to determine if a TLS or non-TLS connection is required.

In addition, the very same tls-replication directive will determine whether Sentinel's port, that accepts connections from other Sentinels, will support TLS as well. That is, Sentinel will be configured with tls-port if and only if tls-replication is enabled.

Additional configuration

Additional TLS configuration is available to control the choice of TLS protocol versions, ciphers and cipher suites, etc. Please consult the self documented valkey.conf for more information.

Performance considerations

TLS adds a layer to the communication stack with overheads due to writing/reading to/from an SSL connection, encryption/decryption and integrity checks. Consequently, using TLS results in a decrease of the achievable throughput per Valkey instance.


I/O threading is currently not supported with TLS.