Redis RQ vs Iron.MQ: Which Service Is Better for Me?



  • Language: Iron.MQ is language agnostic and Redis RQ supports Python, JavaScript, Ruby and GO, along with many others.
  • Performance: Redis RQ is quite different from Iron.MQ and other message queuing services because it is not purely a message queuing system. Because of its in-memory database, it is best for real-time messages where persistence isn’t as much of a concern. Iron.MQ, however, is much more reliable and better for storage messages.
  • Scalability: Although Redis RQ is scalable to a certain extent, it leaves a lot of features to simplify the process to be desired. Iron.MQ’s scalability is one of its most prominent features due to the simplicity and speed of scaling to an enterprise level.
  • Price: Redis RQ is an open-source service, while Iron.MQ requires its users to pay a monthly fee. The fee varies based on the usage level of the plan chosen, which ranges from hobbyist all the way up to enterprise. Before making a commitment to a subscription, users are encouraged to try a free trial to ensure that the service meets their needs and expectations.
  • Reviews: When it comes to Redis RQ vs Iron.MQ in terms of reviews, Redis stands at a rating of 8.6 out of 10 and Iron.MQ is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars. Both are excellent; however, it is important to note that the Redis rating is not limited to reviews on the system’s message queuing capabilities and instead incorporates its database and cache.

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Redis RQ vs Iron.MQ: Features and Benefits

Redis RQ is an open-source, in-memory data structure that can be used as a message broker, as well as a database and cache.

Iron.MQ is a cloud-agnostic message queuing service that allows developers to streamline the process of communication between services and components.

Because Redis RQ is not purely a message broker it is ideal for use in sending real-time, short-retention messages where some loss isn’t a big concern. Iron.MQ is a more reliable message queuing service that has far more features and capabilities, although the two share a few similarities. For instance, both offer first-in first-out, one-time delivery, publish/subscribe and SLA features.

Some of the biggest differences between the two include the message transport and authentication methods used with Iron.MQ opting for HTTPS and token authentication and Redis RQ using a Socket-Based transport and password authentication. From there, Redis RQ has the advantage of also acting as a database/cache but in terms of sheer message queuing capabilities, Iron.MQ takes the cake with a plethora of features that Redis lacks, including high performance message queue, back up, high availability, unlimited queues, redundant/failover, shareable, push queues, reporting and analytics, multi-cloud, webhook support and dashboard. Additionally, while both are notably speedy, Iron.MQ is faster, more reliable and offers more in terms of flexibility and scalability.

Redis RQ vs Iron.MQ: Pricing

Redis RQ is an open-source data structure store meaning that it is free for anyone to use. Iron.MQ requires users to have a monthly subscription. Despite this, there are a variety of plans to choose from depending on the level of usage. Iron.MQ accommodates all needs in their plans whether the user is a hobbyist or an enterprise. Those who are interested in using Iron.MQ can also take advantage of a free trial before committing to a subscription and furthermore, can receive a discount on the service by paying annually instead of monthly. Serverless Tools

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Redis RQ vs Iron.MQ: Reviews

Looking at reviews from real users, Redis RQ is far more popular than Iron.MQ. This is typically to be expected sheerly because Redis RQ is a free, open-source option and Iron.MQ is a paid subscription-based service. Despite this, both have more positive reviews than negative. Redis RQ users rank it at 8.6 out of 10 stars, with positive remarks on its dual use as a message broker and a database/cache and negative ones regarding its reliability. Iron.MQ stands at 4.5 out of 5 stars with positive feedback on excellent customer support, speed and reliability and negative ones that home in on the more complex, yet developer friendly interface.


All in all, Redis RQ and Iron.MQ are worlds apart. Redis RQ as a message queuing service is best reserved for those who also have the need to use it as a database/cache. Those who are beginners may also find the basic nature of Redis RQ sufficient to meet their needs and to avoid paying a monthly subscription fee that offers more advanced features and storage space. For mid-to-large size businesses purely in need of a message queuing system, however Iron.MQ simplifies the process with minimal work on behalf of the developer and is overall much more reliable for sending and storing messages.

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