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Install Memcache onto cPanel running CentOS

Memcached is a service that allows entire database tables to be stored in memory, drastically speeding up queries to those tables and alleviating database load. In WordPress and W3 Total Cache, the Memcached module allows you to store all cache tables in memory.

This guide can be used to set up Memcached on CentOS.

Install memcached through RPM

The easiest way to install Memcached is through a package manager such as yum or apt.

Now we can simply use yum (or apt) to install Memcached:

yum install memcached

Afterwards you can confirm memcached is up and running by calling it.

memcached -h
memcached 1.2.6


Install the Memcache PECL Extension

Even though memcached is happily running on the server, it’s not accessible from PHP without the PECL extension. Fortunately this is a very easy process, just use the pecl command.

pecl install memcache

If the pecl install fails you will need to use the alternative method:

$ wget http://pecl.php.net/get/memcache-3.0.6.tgz
tar xvfz memcache-3.0.6.tgz
cd memcache-3.0.6
make && make install

Then add the memcache extension to your php.ini file, usually at /usr/local/lib/php.ini.


And finally restart Apache so that it will pick up the new extension:
/etc/init.d/httpd restart
Running phpinfo() on your webserver should now confirm that memcache is installed:


Set up Memcached as a service

Just having memcache installed will not do anything by itself, we need to actually start up some instances of it for our web server to connect to, and we need memcached to automatically start up when the server restarts.

For this we need to install a new script at /etc/init.d/memcached. For this I usually use a custom script that’s a bit crude, since it assumes that memcached is being used exclusively for our web server. However, most of the time this is true and it works just fine.

Download the memcached script (rename to just “memcached”).

So simply load this script into /etc/init.d. Then set the permissions on it to make it executable:

chmod 755 memcached

Then register the script to start up with the server:

chkconfig --add memcached

Now you can start up memcached as a service.

service memcached start

And you can confirm that memcached has fired up several instances by checking ps.

ps -e | grep memcached
22805 ?        00:00:59 memcached
22807 ?        00:00:58 memcached
22809 ?        00:01:16 memcached
22811 ?        00:00:55 memcached
22813 ?        00:00:01 memcached
22815 ?        00:01:02 memcached
22817 ?        00:00:27 memcached
22819 ?        00:00:35 memcached
22821 ?        00:00:01 memcached
22823 ?        00:00:01 memcached
22825 ?        00:00:01 memcached

And that’s it! You may need to change the /etc/init.d/memcached file to match your needs depending on what you’re using Memcached for.

Originally posted 2016-01-11 05:53:00.

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I have been working with Linux based systems since 2002. I hope the article published on this site will be useful to those new to server administration.