UNLINK key [key ...]

This command is very similar to DEL: it removes the specified keys. Just like DEL a key is ignored if it does not exist. However the command performs the actual memory reclaiming in a different thread, so it is not blocking, while DEL is. This is where the command name comes from: the command just unlinks the keys from the keyspace. The actual removal will happen later asynchronously.

Return value

Integer reply: The number of keys that were unlinked.


redis> SET key1 "Hello" "OK" redis> SET key2 "World" "OK" redis> UNLINK key1 key2 key3 (integer) 2

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