How to Install Memcached on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

Install Memcached on Ubuntu 18.04

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install and configure Memcached on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. 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 is very useful for optimizing dynamic websites and enabled speed by caching objects in memory.

Install Memcached on Ubuntu

Step 1. First, before you start installing any package on your Ubuntu server, we always recommend making sure that all system packages are updated.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Install Memcached.

Now, install Memcached as follows:

sudo apt install memcached libmemcached-tools

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

sudo systemctl start memcached
sudo systemctl enable memcached

Step 3. Configure Memcached.

Before configuring Memcached, you need to ensure that it is listening to the local interface For default level configuration, we will check for the following settings under the Memcached configuration file found in /etc/memcached.conf:

sudo nano /etc/sysconfig/memcached

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


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.

To use Memcached as a caching database for your PHP application such as WordPress or Joomla, you need to install the php-memcached extension:

sudo apt install php-memcached

Now, restart Apache to apply the changes:

sudo systemctl restart httpd

That’s all you need to do to install Memcached on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver. I hope you find this quick tip helpful. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.