Java Memcached Stats (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

Retrieving statistics from a Memcached server in Java can be useful for:

  • Monitoring the health and performance of your Memcached servers
  • Debugging issues or optimizing usage based on cache hit rates, memory occupancy, and other metrics
  • Gathering operational insights to make informed decisions about scaling needs

Code Examples

Here's an example using the spymemcached library:

import net.spy.memcached.MemcachedClient; // ... create and configure MemcachedClient instance MemcachedClient memcachedClient = //... Map<SocketAddress, Map<String, String>> stats = memcachedClient.getStats(); for (Map.Entry<SocketAddress, Map<String, String>> entry : stats.entrySet()) { System.out.println("Statistics for server: " + entry.getKey()); for (Map.Entry<String, String> stat : entry.getValue().entrySet()) { System.out.println(stat.getKey() + ": " + stat.getValue()); } }

This code connects to the Memcached server, retrieves the stats, and prints them out. Each stat is a map with keys being the name of the statistic and values being the corresponding values.

Best Practices

  • Consider whether you need to access Memcached statistics frequently or just for debugging purposes. Frequent access may add unnecessary load to your application.
  • Always remember to close your MemcachedClient when done to prevent resource leaks.

Common Mistakes

  • Not handling potential network failures when accessing Memcached — always wrap your calls in appropriate error handling logic.
  • Neglecting to parse and understand the returned statistics. They are key to understanding and optimizing your usage of Memcached.


Q: How often should I fetch Memcached stats?
A: This depends on your needs. If you're debugging or tuning, you might want to do this frequently. However, in a production system, consider the additional overhead and do it periodically.

Q: Can I clear the Memcached statistics?
A: The reset_stats command can be used to clear stats. However, remember that clearing stats would also reset useful historical data.

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