Node Memcached Stats (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

  1. Monitor Performance: One of the main use cases for retrieving memcached stats via Node.js is to monitor the performance and usage of your Memcached service. You can check things like total items stored, cache hits, cache misses, and current connections.

  2. Debugging: Analyzing the statistics helps in debugging issues related to memory usage, eviction counts, or overall performance of your Memcached instance.

Code Examples

const memjs = require('memjs'); let client = memjs.Client.create(); client.stats((err, serverStats) => { if (err) throw err; console.log(serverStats); })

In this example, we use the memjs library to connect to a Memcached server and retrieve its stats. Once the stats are retrieved, they are logged to the console. The returned serverStats object contains a wide range of statistics about the Memcached server including quantity of items stored, number of connections, cache hits and misses, among others.

Best Practices

  1. Regular Monitoring: Ensure regular monitoring of your Memcached stats. This will help you identify any potential issues early and will allow you to adjust your caching strategy as needed.

  2. Use the Right Library: Make sure to use a well maintained and supported Memcached library for Node.js. Currently, popular choices include memjs and memcached.

Common Mistakes

  1. Ignoring Statistics: Ignoring Memcached stats can lead to suboptimal performance. Regularly checking the stats can help optimize the performance of your application by maximizing cache hits and minimizing cache misses.

  2. Not Handling Errors: Not handling errors when fetching stats can crash your Node.js application if the Memcached server is down or unreachable. Always ensure error handling is in place.


  1. What are some key statistics provided by Memcached Stats? Memcached stats provide various details, such as the number of current connections, cache hits and misses, total items stored, and more.

  2. How can I handle errors when using the memjs library? The callback function you provide to methods like stats should accept two parameters - the first one is for any potential errors that occur, and the second one contains the results.

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