EXPIREAT key unix-time-seconds [NX | XX | GT | LT]
Available since
Time complexity
ACL categories
@keyspace, @write, @fast

EXPIREAT has the same effect and semantic as EXPIRE, but instead of specifying the number of seconds representing the TTL (time to live), it takes an absolute Unix timestamp (seconds since January 1, 1970). A timestamp in the past will delete the key immediately.

Please for the specific semantics of the command refer to the documentation of EXPIRE.

Background #

EXPIREAT was introduced in order to convert relative timeouts to absolute timeouts for the AOF persistence mode. Of course, it can be used directly to specify that a given key should expire at a given time in the future.

Options #

The EXPIREAT command supports a set of options:

  • NX – Set expiry only when the key has no expiry
  • XX – Set expiry only when the key has an existing expiry
  • GT – Set expiry only when the new expiry is greater than current one
  • LT – Set expiry only when the new expiry is less than current one

A non-volatile key is treated as an infinite TTL for the purpose of GT and LT. The GT, LT and NX options are mutually exclusive.

Examples #

SET mykey "Hello"
EXISTS mykey
EXPIREAT mykey 1293840000
EXISTS mykey

History #

Added options: `NX`, `XX`, `GT` and `LT`.

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