How to check if memcache or memcached is installed for PHP?


Question

How do I test if memcache or memcached (for PHP) is installed on my Apache webserver?

Memcache is a caching daemon designed especially for dynamic web applications to decrease database load by storing objects in memory.

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46
9/23/2009 2:24:42 AM

Accepted Answer

You can look at phpinfo() or check if any of the functions of memcache is available. Ultimately, check whether the Memcache class exists or not.

e.g.

if(class_exists('Memcache')){
  // Memcache is enabled.
}
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9/23/2009 2:32:19 AM

Use this code to not only check if the memcache extension is enabled, but also whether the daemon is running and able to store and retrieve data successfully:

<?php
if (class_exists('Memcache')) {
    $server = 'localhost';
    if (!empty($_REQUEST['server'])) {
        $server = $_REQUEST['server'];
    }
    $memcache = new Memcache;
    $isMemcacheAvailable = @$memcache->connect($server);

    if ($isMemcacheAvailable) {
        $aData = $memcache->get('data');
        echo '<pre>';
        if ($aData) {
            echo '<h2>Data from Cache:</h2>';
            print_r($aData);
        } else {
            $aData = array(
                'me' => 'you',
                'us' => 'them',
            );
            echo '<h2>Fresh Data:</h2>';
            print_r($aData);
            $memcache->set('data', $aData, 0, 300);
        }
        $aData = $memcache->get('data');
        if ($aData) {
            echo '<h3>Memcache seem to be working fine!</h3>';
        } else {
            echo '<h3>Memcache DOES NOT seem to be working!</h3>';
        }
        echo '</pre>';
    }
}
if (!$isMemcacheAvailable) {
    echo 'Memcache not available';
}

?>

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