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Using the Source, Luke
Updated Dec 12, 2012 by tsaavik

Why Build From Source

Before you build from source, consider why? If you have a perfectly good package of a recent version, you're better off using that.

Building From Source


You'll likely need to install the development package for libevent

  • Ubuntu: apt-get install libevent-dev
  • Redhat/Fedora: yum install libevent-devel


tar -zxvf memcached-1.x.x.tar.gz
cd memcached-1.x.x


Optional install destination

If your compiling from source you likely want to specify a destination directory as well, replace /usr/local/memcached with whatever you fancy.

./configure --prefix=/usr/local/memcached

Make and install

make && make test
sudo make install

If you wish to build with SASL support, ensure the cyrus-sasl libraries are built and run ./configure --enable-sasl. See the SASLHowto for more information.

To Build a Package, or make install ?

If you're deploying memcached to more than one server, you probably really want to package it. That way you may have cleaner updates, easy uninstalls, easy re-installs, future installs, etc. make install is for developers and chumps.

Building an RPM

The memcached source tarball has contained a workable .spec file. To use it, create a build directory for RPM and compile memcached using the commands below. Do not run this as root, as tests will not pass.

echo "%_topdir /home/you/rpmbuild" >> ~/.rpmmacros
mkdir -p /home/you/rpmbuild/{SPECS,BUILD,SRPMS,RPMS,SOURCES}
rpmbuild -ta memcached-1.x.x.tar.gz

You will need gcc and libevent-devel installed. (yum install gcc libevent libevent-devel)

Then install the RPM via a standard rpm -Uvh memcached-etc.rpm

Building a deb

TODO: this section

Building clients

Note that many clients depend on libmemcached. They either include it in their sources, or require an external build. You can follow the above practices for fetching and installing libmemcached as well.


If you're building from source, especially remember that most major languages have distribution systems which make installation easy.

Comment by OknooRap, Nov 24, 2010

how to install on windows server..?

Comment by, Dec 1, 2010

I am trying to install on Linux machine. While executing ./configure command, I am getting following error. checking build system type... Invalid configuration `x86_64-unknown-linux-'


Comment by, Dec 9, 2010


below is a example to install on windows

Comment by, Feb 24, 2011

Microsoft IIS support with comprehensible documentation?

Comment by, Jul 17, 2011

can rpmbuild work under Ubuntu?

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