Memcached is an in-memory key-value store for small chunks of arbitrary data (strings, objects) from results of database calls, API calls, or page rendering.


For this guide you should be familiar with the basic concepts of supervisord.


Memcached is distributed under the Revised BSD license.


Download memcached

[isabell@stardust ~]$ wget -O ~/memcached-latest.tar.gz
--2020-01-17 17:41:28--
Resolving (
Connecting to (||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 302 Moved Temporarily
Location: [following]
--2020-01-17 17:41:29--
Resolving (
Connecting to (||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 531035 (519K) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: '/home/isabell/memcached-latest.tar.gz'

100%[================================================>] 531,035      810KB/s   in 0.6s

2020-01-17 17:41:31 (810 KB/s) - '/home/isabell/memcached-latest.tar.gz' saved [531035/531035]

Extract memcached

[isabell@stardust ~]$ tar -zxvf memcached-latest.tar.gz
[isabell@stardust ~]$

Build memcached

[isabell@stardust ~]$ cd memcached-1.x.x/
[isabell@stardust memcached-1.x.x]$ ./configure && make && make test
checking build system type... x86_64-pc-linux-gnu
checking host system type... x86_64-pc-linux-gnu
checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
File 'slabs.c' Lines executed:86.53% of 616 Creating 'slabs.c.gcov' File '/usr/include/stdlib.h' Lines executed:50.00% of 2 Creating 'stdlib.h.gcov'
File 'stats.c' Lines executed:90.36% of 83 Creating 'stats.c.gcov'
File 'thread.c' Lines executed:81.43% of 377 Creating 'thread.c.gcov'
File 'util.c' Lines executed:87.96% of 108 Creating 'util.c.gcov'
[isabell@stardust memcached-1.x.x]$

Try running memcached to make sure everything works:

[isabell@stardust memcached-1.x.x]$ ./memcached -vvvv
slab class   1: chunk size        96 perslab   10922
slab class   2: chunk size       120 perslab    8738
slab class   3: chunk size       152 perslab    6898
slab class   4: chunk size       192 perslab    5461
Nothing left to crawl for 251
Nothing left to crawl for 252
Nothing left to crawl for 253
Nothing left to crawl for 254
Nothing left to crawl for 255
LRU crawler thread sleeping

If no errors occur, then everything should be fine and you can exit the program with Ctrl + C.

Copy the memcached binary to your ~/bin folder:

[isabell@stardust memcached-1.x.x]$ cp memcached ~/bin/
[isabell@stardust memcached-1.x.x]$


Setup daemon

Use your favourite editor to create ~/etc/services.d/memcached.ini with the following content:

command=memcached --port 11211 --listen=

After creating the configuration, tell supervisord to refresh its configuration and start the service:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ supervisorctl reread
SERVICE: available
[isabell@stardust ~]$ supervisorctl update
SERVICE: added process group
[isabell@stardust ~]$ supervisorctl status
SERVICE                            RUNNING   pid 26020, uptime 0:03:14
[isabell@stardust ~]$

If it’s not in state RUNNING, check your configuration.

Testing memcached

Test if memcached is responding on it’s assigned port by issuing the following command to display the current configuration parameters.

[isabell@stardust ~]$ echo "stats settings" | nc localhost 11211
STAT maxbytes 67108864
STAT maxconns 1024
STAT tcpport 2021
STAT worker_logbuf_size 65536
STAT track_sizes no
STAT inline_ascii_response no
[isabell@stardust ~]$

Alternative configurations

Memcached can be configured to listen for connections using TCP, UDP or Unix sockets and tuned to maximize performance. The official documentation lists the possible options.


To update memcached, repeat the Installation steps followed by a restart using supervisorctl restart memcached. Periodically check the changelog to learn about new versions.

Tested with memcached 1.5.20, Uberspace

Written by: Lukas Bockstaller <>