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Memcached: In-memory Caching System

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Originally developed for LiveJournal, Memcached is a distributed memory caching system that is now used on many popular sites. Memcached provides performance boosts to database-driven sites by caching data into RAM to reduce reads to external data.


Who uses Memcache?

  • YouTube
  • Reddit
  • Zynga
  • Facebook
  • Orange
  • Twitter
  • Wikipedia
  • Heroku offers a managed Memcached service built on Couchbase Server as part of their platform as a service.
  • Google App Engine, AppScale, Windows Azure and Amazon Web Services also offer a Memcached service through an API

Used for?


1) Reduces database load.
2) Perfect for websites with high database load.
3) Significantly reduces the number of retrieval requests to database.
4) Cuts down the I/O access (hard disk)


1) Not a persistent data store
2) Not a database
3) Not application specific
4) Cannot cache large object

Configuring Memcached (For Ubuntu)

Step 1) Install Libevent Memcached uses the Libevent library for network IO.
cd libevent-1.4.11-stable$ autoconf

./configure --prefix=/usr/local


sudo make install
Step 2) Install Memcached Download the latest version of Memcached from, which developed Memcached originally for LiveJournal.
cd memcached-1.4.0


./configure --prefix=/usr/local


sudo make install
Step 3) Run Memcached

Start Memcached as a daemon with 512 MB of memory on port 11211 (default). Then you can telnet to the server, port and use any of the available commands.
memcached -d -m 512 -p 11211

telnet localhost 11211Trying ::1...
Connected to localhost.
Escape character is '^]'.
get joe

set joe 0 3600 10  (Note: TTL 3600 and 10 bytes)California

get joe
VALUE joe 0 10
Step 4) Spy Memcached (Memcached Java Client)
 public class Users implements Serializable{
  private int id;
private String name ;
  // Getter and Setter methods

public class MemcachedDemo {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        Users users = new Users();
        try {
            MemcachedClient c=new MemcachedClient(new InetSocketAddress("", 1121));
            c.set("someKey_1", 2592000, users);
            Object myObject=c.get("someKey_1");
            System.out.println("Object 1: " + myObject);
            System.out.println("Statistics: " + c.getStats());
            System.out.println("Statistics of individual Items: " + c.getStats("items"));
            c=null ;
        } catch (IOException e) {

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