This manual page documents briefly the memcached memory object caching
memcached is a flexible memory object caching daemon designed to alle-
viate database load in dynamic web applications by storing objects in
memory. It's based on libevent to scale to any size needed, and is
specifically optimized to avoid swapping and always use non-blocking
These programs follow the usual GNU command line syntax. A summary of
options is included below.
Unix socket path to listen on (disables network support).
Permissions (in octal format) for Unix socket created with -s
Listen on <ip_addr>; default to INADDR_ANY. This is an important
option to consider as there is no other way to secure the
installation. Binding to an internal or firewalled network
interface is suggested.
-d Run memcached as a daemon.
Assume the identity of <username> (only when run as root).
Use <num> MB memory max to use for object storage; the default
is 64 megabytes.
Use <num> max simultaneous connections; the default is 1024.
This option seeks to prevent client starvation by setting a
limit to the number of sequential requests the server will
process from an individual client connection. Once a connection
has exceeded this value, the server will attempt to process I/O
on other connections before handling any further request from
this connection. The default value for this option is 20.
-k Lock down all paged memory. This is a somewhat dangerous option
with large caches, so consult the README and memcached homepage
for configuration suggestions.
Use <factor> as the multiplier for computing the sizes of memory
chunks that items are stored in. A lower value may result in
less wasted memory depending on the total amount of memory
available and the distribution of item sizes. The default is
Allocate a minimum of <size> bytes for the item key, value, and
flags. The default is 48. If you have a lot of small keys and
values, you can get a significant memory efficiency gain with a
lower value. If you use a high chunk growth factor (-f option),
on the other hand, you may want to increase the size to allow a
bigger percentage of your items to fit in the most densely
packed (smallest) chunks.
-C Disable the use of CAS (and reduce the per-item size by 8
-h Show the version of memcached and a summary of options.
-v Be verbose during the event loop; print out errors and warnings.
-vv Be even more verbose; same as -v but also print client commands
-vvv Be extremely verbose; same of the above and also print internal
-i Print memcached and libevent licenses.
-I Override the size of each slab page in bytes. In mundane words,
it adjusts the maximum item size that memcached will accept.
You can use the suffixes K and M to specify the size as well, so
use 2000000 or 2000K or 2M if you want a maximum size of 2 MB
per object. It is not recommended to raise this limit above 1
MB due just to performance reasons. The default value is 1 MB.
Print pidfile to <filename>, only used under -d option.
Number of threads to use to process incoming requests. It is
typically not useful to set this higher than the number of CPU
cores on the memcached server. Setting a high number (64 or
more) of worker threads is not recommended. The default is 4.
Use <char> as the delimiter between key prefixes and IDs. This
is used for per-prefix stats reporting. The default is ":"
(colon). If this option is specified, stats collection is
turned on automatically; if not, then it may be turned on by
sending the "stats detail on" command to the server.
"ascii" and "binary".
Override the default size of each slab page. Default is 1mb.
Default is 1m, minimum is 1k, max is 128m. Adjusting this value
changes the item size limit. Beware that this also increases
the number of slabs (use -v to view), and the overal memory
usage of memcached.
Comma separated list of extended or experimental options. See -h
or wiki for up to date list.
The memcached daemon is copyright Danga Interactive and is distributed
under the BSD license. Note that daemon clients are licensed sepa-
The README file that comes with memcached
The memcached daemon was written by Anatoly Vorobey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
and Brad Fitzpatrick <email@example.com> and the rest of the crew of Danga
October 16, 2009 MEMCACHED(1)
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