Node Memcached Get Operation (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

The 'node memcached get' operation is typically used to retrieve a value associated with a specific key from a Memcached server in a Node.js application. This is especially useful when you're caching data that's expensive to generate or frequently accessed, like results from a database query, session data, or computed results.

Code Examples

  1. Basic usage of 'get':
const memjs = require('memjs'); let client = memjs.Client.create(); client.get('key', function(err, value) { if (err) { console.error(err); } console.log(value.toString()); });

In this example, we're using the memjs library in a Node.js application to fetch a value from Memcached server for the given key ('key' in this case). The retrieved value is then logged to the console.

  1. Using async/await syntax:
const memjs = require('memjs'); let client = memjs.Client.create(); async function getValue(key) { const value = await client.get(key); return value ? value.toString() : null; } getValue('key').then(result => console.log(result));

Here, we use an asynchronous function and the await keyword to make the code easier to read and understand. It retrieves and prints the value in a more structured way.

Best Practices

  • Always handle potential errors in your callback functions to prevent your application from crashing due to unhandled exceptions.
  • Consider using async/await syntax for better readability especially in bigger applications.
  • Close the client connection after all operations have finished executing to free up system resources.

Common Mistakes

  • Not handling errors that may occur during the get operation, which may lead to unhandled exceptions.
  • Not closing the client connection after completing operations with Memcached.


  1. What happens if the key doesn't exist? The 'get' method will return null when you try to retrieve value using a key that does not exist in the cache.
  2. Can I use Memcached to store complex objects in Node.js? Yes, but you'll need to serialize them into a string format like JSON before storing and parse them back into an object after retrieving.

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