How to Install Memcached on CentOS 7

Install Memcached on CentOS 7

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install and configure Memcached on CentOS 7. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.

Memcached is a free and open-source high-performance memory caching system. It’s typically used to cache database data, API calls or page rendering chunks in RAM to increase the application performance.

Install Memcached on CentOS

Step 1. The first command will update the package lists to ensure you get the latest version and dependencies.

sudo yum install epel-release
sudo yum update

Step 2. Install Memcached.

Memcached packages are included in the default CentOS 7 repositories. Install Memcached using the following command:

sudo yum install memcached libmemcached

Once the installation is completed, start and enable the Memcached service:

sudo systemctl start memcached
sudo systemctl enable memcached

Step 3. Configure Memcached.

The default Memcached configuration file is located in the /etc/sysconfig/memcached file:

sudo nano /etc/sysconfig/memcached

Set or update parameters as follows, customizing them to your needs:

PORT="11211"
USER="memcached"
MAXCONN="1024"
CACHESIZE="64"
OPTIONS="-l 127.0.0.1"

This is a brief description of the parameters:

**PORT**: The default port used by Memcached to run.
**USER**: The user Memcached runs as.
**MAXCONN**: The maximum number of allowed connections to Memcached. You can increase to any number based on your requirements.
**CACHESIZE**: The cache size for memory.
**OPTIONS**: Set IP address of server, so that Apache or Nginx web servers can connect to it.

Restart the Memcached service for the changes to take effect:

sudo systemctl restart memcached

Step 4. Install the Memcached PHP Extension.

You can install PHP extension to work with Memcached daemon with the command:

sudo yum install php-pecl-memcache

Now, restart Apache so that the changes take place:

sudo systemctl restart memcached
sudo systemctl restart httpd

Congratulation, you have learned how to install and configure Memcached on CentOS 7. If you have any question, please leave a comment below.