How to Install Memcached on Ubuntu 20.04
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Memcached is a free and open-source high-performance in-memory key-value data store. It is generally used to speed up applications by caching various objects from the results of API and database calls.
This article shows how to install and configure Memcached on Ubuntu 20.04.
The memcached package is included in the default Ubuntu 20.04 repositories. To install it, enter the following command as root or user with sudo privileges :
sudo apt update
sudo apt install memcached libmemcached-tools
libmemcached-tools package provides command-line utilities that you can use to manage the memcached server.
Once the installation is completed, the memcached service will start automatically. To check the status of the service, enter:
sudo systemctl status memcached
The output will look something like this:
● memcached.service - memcached daemon
Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/memcached.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
Active: active (running) since Mon 2020-07-13 19:32:01 UTC; 23s ago
That’s it, you have installed memcached on your Ubuntu 20.04 server, and you can start using it.
Memcached options can be configured in the
/etc/memcached.conf file. By default, memcached is set to listen only on localhost.
The default configuration settings are sufficient for most users.
If the client connecting to memcached is running on the same host, you should not allow remote access.
When improperly configured, memcached can be used to perform a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. To allow remote access to the memcached server, you need to configure the firewall and open the memcached UDP port 11211 only from trusted clients.
The following example assumes that you want to connect to the memcached server over a private network. The memcached server IP is
192.168.100.20, and the client’s IP address is
The first step is to edit the memcached configuration and set the service to listen on the server’s private networking interface:
To do so, open the
memcached.conf configuration file:
sudo nano /etc/memcached.conf
Locate the line that begins with
-l 127.0.0.1 and replace
127.0.0.1 with the server IP address
Restart the Memcached service for the changes to take effect:
sudo systemctl restart memcached
Once the service is configured, the next step is to open the memcached port in the firewall .
sudo ufw allow from 192.168.100.30 to any port 11211
Connecting to Memcached
There are many implementations of memcached clients written for different programming languages.
To use Memcached as a caching database for your PHP
application such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla or Magento, you need to install the
sudo apt install php-memcached
There are several Python libraries for interacting with memcache. You can install your preferred library using pip :
pip install pymemcache
pip install python-memcached
We’ve shown you how to install Memcached on Ubuntu 20.04. For more information on this topic, consult Memcached Wiki .
If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to comment below.