How To Install Memcached on Amazon Linux 2

Memcached is a free to use and open source in-memory, high-performance and distributed key-value store for small chunks of arbitrary data (objects, strings) from results of database calls, API calls, or page rendering. Memcached is intended for use in speeding up dynamic web applications by alleviating database load. Memcached API is available for most popular programming languages.

In this short post we will be covering the installation of Memcached on Amazon Linux 2 server. There is a Memcached package available in the default Amazon Linux 2 repositories but the version is a bit old. In this guide we will download the latest release of Memcached source, extract and build the binary from it.

We will be doing the manual installation of Memcached on Amazon Linux 2. We start by ensuring all dependencies are installed, then perform the actual building and installation of latest Memcached Server on Amazon Linux 2.

Install build dependencies using yum commands below.

sudo yum -y install '@Development Tools' openssl-devel libevent-devel

You can also also build libevent manually if you need the latest release — optional.

curl -s | grep browser_download_url | grep stable.tar.gz |  cut -d '"' -f 4 |  wget -i -

tar xvf libevent-*-stable.tar.gz

cd libevent-*/



sudo make install

Download the latest Memcached release source code.

wget -O memcached-latest.tar.gz

Once the file is downloaded extract it with tar command line tool.

tar xvf memcached-latest.tar.gz

Extract the downloaded archive file.

cd memcached-*/

Run configuration command:


Make and install.


sudo make install

Create Memcached systemd environment configuration file:

sudo tee /etc/sysconfig/memcached <# These defaults will be used by every memcached instance, unless overridden

# by values in /etc/sysconfig/memcached.





# The PORT variable will only be used by memcached.service, not by

# memcached@xxxxx services, which will use the xxxxx



Create new Memcached Systemd unit file.

sudo vim /etc/systemd/system/memcached.service

Paste below contents:


Description=memcached daemon



ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/memcached -p $PORT -u $USER -m $CACHESIZE -c $MAXCONN $OPTIONS






RestrictAddressFamilies=AF_INET AF_INET6 AF_UNIX


Reload Systemd.

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Start Systemd service.

sudo systemctl restart memcached

sudo systemctl enable memcached

Checking service status:

$ systemctl status memcached -l

● memcached.service - memcached daemon

Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/memcached.service; disabled; vendor preset: disabled)

Active: active (running) since Thu 2020-11-12 19:13:06 UTC; 6s ago

Main PID: 19529 (memcached)

CGroup: /system.slice/memcached.service

└─19529 /usr/local/bin/memcached -p 11211 -u nobody -m 64 -c 1024

Nov 12 19:13:06 systemd[1]: Started memcached daemon.

Nov 12 19:13:06 systemd[1]: Starting memcached daemon...

A Client specific to your programming language is required when connecting to Memcached server from your application.

PHP Module installation:

sudo amazon-linux-extras enable php7.4

sudo yum install php-memcached

Accept dependency and package installation:


Dependencies Resolved


Package Arch Version Repository Size



php-pecl-memcached x86_64 3.1.5-1.amzn2 amzn2extra-php7.4 63 k

Installing for dependencies:

libmemcached x86_64 1.0.16-5.amzn2.0.2 amzn2-core 238 k

libzip x86_64 1.3.2-1.amzn2.0.1 amzn2-core 62 k

php-common x86_64 7.4.11-1.amzn2 amzn2extra-php7.4 1.1 M

php-json x86_64 7.4.11-1.amzn2 amzn2extra-php7.4 71 k

php-pecl-igbinary x86_64 3.1.2-1.amzn2 amzn2extra-php7.4 82 k

php-pecl-msgpack x86_64 2.1.0-1.amzn2 amzn2extra-php7.4 38 k

Transaction Summary


Install 1 Package (+6 Dependent packages)

Total download size: 1.7 M

Installed size: 14 M

Is this ok [y/d/N]: y

With Python 3:

sudo yum -y install python3 python3-pip

Install Memcached Python module:

$ sudo pip3 install  python-memcached

Collecting python-memcached

Downloading python_memcached-1.59-py2.py3-none-any.whl (16 kB)

Collecting six>=1.4.0

Downloading six-1.16.0-py2.py3-none-any.whl (11 kB)

Installing collected packages: six, python-memcached

Successfully installed python-memcached-1.59 six-1.16.0

With Python 2:

sudo yum install -y python2 python2-pip

sudo pip python-memcached

sudo pip2 install python-memcached



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