How To Install Memcached on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Memcached on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Memcached on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, 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 assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation Memcached on an Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) server.

Install Memcached on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Memcached on Ubuntu 20.04.

The Memcached package is included in the default Ubuntu 20.04 repositories. Run the following command to install the Memcached service on your ubuntu system:

sudo apt install memcached libmemcached-tools

Once installation, the Memcached service will start automatically. To check the status of the service, enter the following command:

sudo systemctl status memcached

Step 3. Configuration Memcached.

Memcached options can be configured in the /etc/memcached.conf:

sudo nano /etc/memcached.conf

Change the settings, Example settings for 512MB caching:

# Start with a cap of 64 megs of memory. It's reasonable, and the daemon default
# Note that the daemon will grow to this size, but does not start out holding this much
# memory
-m 512

# Default connection port is 11211
-p 11211

# Run the daemon as root. The start-memcached will default to running as root if no
# -u command is present in this config file
-u memcache

# Specify which IP address to listen on. The default is to listen on all IP addresses
# This parameter is one of the only security measures that memcached has, so make sure
# it's listening on a firewalled interface.
# -l 127.0.0.1

Exit and save the configuration file, and then restart Memcached:

sudo systemctl restart memcached
sudo systemctl enable memcached

Step 4. Configure Firewall for Memcached.

Ubuntu comes with a firewall configuration tool called UFW. By default, UFW is installed but not enabled. Before enabling the UFW firewall first add a rule that will allow incoming SSH connections:

sudo ufw allow 22
sudo ufw allow 11211

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Memcached. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Memcached on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Memcached website.

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